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Sign of the times

September 25, 2018

With less than 42 days until the election, lawn signs are about to sprout like mushrooms.

But in Greenwich, don’t expect to see many signs touting the Republican gubernatorial ticket of Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley. It’s more likely that the signs in a fiscally conservative/socially liberal town like Greenwich will feature Stefanowski alone, not with his socially conservative running mate, state Sen. Markley.

In an exchange with state Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano at the Cos Cob Republican Club Clambake over the weekend, former Greenwich Republican Town Committee chairman Ed Dadakis said he’d, “Rather have just Bob,” on the lawn signs headed for Greenwich.

Dadakis was responding to Romano, who said he’s ordered 15,000 signs advertising Bob Stefanowski for Governor and “another 5,000 with both.”

A reporter who was standing next to Dadakis and Romano overheard the exchange and asked why the Greenwich Republicans wanted to downplay Markley.

Dadakis had a simple answer: When Romano said he was printing signs “with both,” he was actually referring to all six Republican candidates for statewide office.

“I didn’t want a sign with all the under ticket names,” said Dadakis, who voted for Markley both at the state Republican convention and in the primary. “I would take a Stefanowski/Markley sign. He was going to have all the names.”

Romano said the overheard exchange was simply a misunderstanding.

He said there is no hesitation about promoting Markley anywhere in the state. Though the candidates were separate on the primary ballot, governor and lieutenant governor candidates are linked on the general election ballot so a vote for the Republican candidate for governor is also a vote for the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Several Republican municipal leaders, including Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, said they do not believe most voters are paying attention to the lieutenant governor candidates, so there is no hesitation about promoting Markley in communities where Republicans are not as conservative.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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