Yesterday's special election to fill the vacancy in the 113th District in Shelton created by the sudden passing of Rep. Dick Belden ended with a Republican win with Alderman Jason Perillo defeating Democrat James Orazietti by a margin of 65% to 35%.
From today's New Haven Register:
"Celebrating the victory at GOP headquarters downtown, Perillo said he was overwhelmed by the support he received. But Perillo said he will forever be reminded of the sad circumstances that brought him to the victory.
'I, and I’m sure the residents of Shelton would agree, would give all this up if we could have Dick Belden back with us for another day," Perillo said, who was asked by Belden’s wife, Bertha, to run for her husband’s seat. "The people of Shelton have put their faith in me overwhelmingly to continue the work of Dick Belden.' "
Congratulations Jason. You will face great trials against a gigantic, arrogant liberal Democrat majority. I am sure you're up to the test.
The Everyday Republican has some great photos from election night to check out, and Heath sums up the meaning quite well in his post:
"The Republicans in this state will no longer be the Party of Loyal Opposition or easily subdued challengers. We will recruit good, enthusiastic candidates with a firm grasp of the message and the willingness to do what must be done to win. We will be better organized and allow experienced operatives to guide us in the right direction. We will work harder, more diligently, and with greater skill. And when we do these things, we will win."