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Friday, May 9, 2008

Race for 118th heats up

Independent seeking Amann’s seat

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
— There is at least one name confirmed on the ballot for this November to possibly succeed state House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford.
It’s neither a Democrat nor a Republican: Independent candidate Rocco J. Frank Jr. is the first officially to declare for Amann’s 118th District seat.
Amann announced last month that he is retiring after 18 years in the General Assembly, including two terms as speaker of the House. Amann said he is retiring so he can spend all of his time campaigning for governor.
Former Miss Connecticut Heidi Voight also has expressed interest in a possible run for the seat.
Frank, CEO of ComputerFox Stores, a Milford computer repair chain, said he has received the endorsement of the Independent American Party, and his campaign is viable because most people register as independents.
Frank has ties to the Republican Party. He worked for former President George H.W. Bush’s campaign in 1988, and was a member of the Connecticut and the National Federation of Young Republicans.
But Frank said neither the Republican nor Democratic party appeals to him.
“The Republicans are a party that represents the wealthy elitists that make up less than 5 percent of my district,” Frank said. “The Democrats have dropped the ball and exported all of the jobs overseas.”
He said it’s very important to have a choice between Democrats and Republicans. He said the Republican Party did not challenge Amann in the last election, and there was no choice for voters.
“To have one candidate on the ballot is not serving the public interest,” Frank said. “People do deserve a choice.”
Frank first said more than a year ago that he planned to seek the 118th District seat.
Frank said his campaign platform would focus on “quality of life” issues. He said he wants to advocate affordable health care, a top notch educational system, and safe communities.
Democratic Town Chairman Richard Smith said several Democrats have discussed running for the position, including himself. No final decision has been made. Smith said Frank has advocated for some “strange things” and he would think voters might have serious reservations about voting for him.
Republican Town Chairman Tom Jagodinski said Aldermanic Minority Leader Vincent Ditchkus Jr., R-3, and Alderwoman Judith Toohey, R-2, are interested in the seat, as are a few other unnamed candidates.
Jagodinski claimed even should Frank somehow win, he’d have a tough time working in Hartford and getting anything accomplished.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank is an absolutely incredible person, I remember him working night and day to help get State Sen. Judy Friedman elected, and he was also a friend to Westport Pizza now rep. Malone in Hartford. Frank had no shortage of friends in Hartford, including Gene Gavin who was a Young Republican when Frank was President of the club.

He is very well liked, in many communities, Including Startford where he became a friend to Mayor Miron. We need an indepent leader in Hartford to represent the no "Unrepresented" 60% of us who are Independent I hope he starts a revolution that inspires more independents to tear down the wall the big party bosses have created.

I highly urge everyone to support Frank so as Reagan once said we can "Tear Down That Wall." The wall that continues to divide Independents form the two party system.

John Naghi

May 9, 2008 at 12:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must credit the Republican party of Milford for not endorsing Rocco (a registered Republican). I have been following him on his website and the blogs for the past two years. One of his early platforms was to have the government investigate all UFO's. Milford needs Rocco Frank . . . like a whole in the head.

The other person who commented is John Naghi, who is identified as a Technical Advisor on the Frank website.

Mike Brown

May 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alway find it amazing that there are so many negative people on these blogs, who cares about UFO's 80% of Americans beieve they are out there is this the best you can come up with? ET?

I think you best better start attacking the Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and yeah start reprogramming our kids because God only knows you are alone and by yourself in the universe.


May 9, 2008 at 10:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike you dunce, I found Franks old blog he said he supports the "freedom of information act," no where does it mention anything insane about a hunt for UFO's. He is opposed to excessive government secrecy and specifically mentions UFO's as an example of the type of outlandish pentagon secrets surrounding new techology. Frank believes there are patents out there that can help the energy crisis in the U.S. Look at the link Dummy!

John Naghi

Perhaps you missed this in your two years of research.

FYI Frank has only lived in Milford about One and three quarter years. Read the paper!

May 9, 2008 at 11:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction on direct link to reference article above.

May 9, 2008 at 11:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, you make points with no one whenh referring to Mike Brown as a "dunce". Especially when you are on the Frank Rocco team, as it certainly reflects Mr. Rocco's poor choice or staffers and potential politcal appointees. This is perhaps why he has not been endorsed by Milford Republicans and rightly so.

May 13, 2008 at 2:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocco decided to Ignore the Republican Party when he heard the exciting news that his dream choice of a party, the Independent party, notified him that they were victorious in their lawsuit against the secretary of state blocking its formation.

Frank jumped at the opportunity as the Independent Party was his first choice. The Republicans were actually his third choice.

Any further concerns can be directed to the new Independent Party Chairman Mike Telesca.


May 15, 2008 at 12:10 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. No disrespect intended by the dunce comment, if that offended you I apologize I was merely correcting you, perhaps with a bit of sarcasm.


May 15, 2008 at 12:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck. Sarcasm will not get you votes nor my support.

May 15, 2008 at 7:40 AM 

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