As Norwalk's Democrats look to secure votes for the Sept. 10 primary election, incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia got a different kind of vote Thursday -- a vote of confidence from former Gov. Jodi Rell.
"He's a good guy, he works hard," Rell says of Moccia. "One of the things I like most about him is that he cares about people."
Rell met with Moccia supporters for a fundraiser in Rowayton. She was governor from 2004 until 2011. Moccia has been Norwalk's mayor since 2005.
Rell said during her tenure as governor, she would often field telephone calls from Moccia about legislation concerning Norwalk.
"He would say, 'This is not good legislation. This is what it's going to do to Norwalk. This is would affect, for example, school funding,'" she says. "Or, 'We don't think we're getting our fair share.'
Rell says she is familiar with the current state of Norwalk politics, and how Moccia awaits one of four potential Democratic opponents in November.
"I think sometimes town committees decide, "This is the year we're going after the incumbent.' Sometime you focus on local issues on if they are the only thing in this race," Rell says. "The important message is you have to remember who you represent, and that you're doing the job for all of the people."
"I think Dick does that very well."
Correction: Republican Town Committee Chairman Art Scialabba later said Rell did, in fact, make a monetary donation to Moccia's campaign; Scialabba did not specify the amount of Rell's donation.
The maximum donation a single individual can make to a campaign is $1,000. Third-quarter campaign financial reports are due to the town clerk's office Sept. 10.