Pie & Politics Attracts Record Crowd

In Stories by Alex Harris

Democrats flocked to the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee’s (“DTC”) Pie & Politics event on Sunday afternoon, at the home of Betsy and Bob Thompson. The DTC reported a record turn-out, with over 160 sales for the event that was both pep rally and DTC fundraiser. Attendees gathered around the pool and grounds, sampling a plethora of sweet pies, savory treats, and iced beverages. By the 2 pm start time, cars lined both sides of the street for blocks, the outdoor space was packed, children were frolicking in the pool, and at-the-door purchasers stood several deep at the check-in tables.

The speakers program began with DTC Chair Alex Harris reading a message from US Senator Richard Blumenthal, who had to cancel at the last minute. Senator Blumenthal’s message stated, in part, “Gatherings like today are but one of many ways in which we connect with our community – sending the message that our party and especially our local candidates like Will Haskell, Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Kenneth Gucker stand for fair wages for all working people and a strong education system and economy that provides equal opportunity for advancement.”

The crowd was inspired and driven to enthusiastic applause in response to remarks by Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Congressman Jim Himes, State Democratic Party Chair Nick Balletto, Lt. Governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Attorney General candidate William Tong, state Treasurer candidate Shawn Wooden, Attorney General George Jepsen, 111thDistrict State Assembly candidate Aimee Berger-Girvalo, and 138thAssembly candidate Kenneth Gucker. The speakers thanked the hosts, congratulated the DTC on the successful event, and encouraged attendees to engage, volunteer and turn out to vote in November. Prior and following their formal remarks, the dignitaries, including 26th Senate District candidate Will Haskell (who had to depart before the formal program) mingled with the guests, listening to their concerns and answering questions.

According to DTC Chair Alex Harris, the event exceeded expectations. “The turnout at this event underscores the fact that Democrats are energized by the elected officials working on our behalf in Hartford and Washington DC, and by the slate of candidates who want to do so.”