Republican Tony Nania is considering a run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District.
Nania, a lawyer and businessman from the Falls Village section of Canaan, was a state representative for three terms in the 1980s. He has talked to a couple dozen folks and has drafted a fundraising letter.
He poses a serious challenge to the declared Republican candidate, state Sen. David Cappiello of Danbury. In 1984 underdog Nania knocked off an incumbent Democratic Majority Leader, John Groppo, to win office.
Here's what people are saying about Nania and what this could mean for Cappiello:
Nania is the GOP’s “escape hatch” candidate — should the media discover ethical lapses by Cappiello that force him to step aside partway through the campaign, Nania’s presence lets the party shift gears without losing a year of fundraising and campaign-building.
From what I am hearing, the “architects” behind the Tony Nania candidacy in CT-5 are former State Senator Lou DeLuca, former GOP Chairman Dick Foley & former GOP Senate Chief of Staff George Krivda.
Remember, DeLuca told the Associated Press he was disappointed that many of his former Senate colleagues did not support him, including David Cappiello.
It has to make Cappiello feel bad that someone in his own party decides to go after the nomination...well, given his history with Republicans stabbing him in the back (i.e., legendary State Rep fight with Boughton) David should be used to it by now.
It's simple, Cappiello has serious baggage that could come back to haunt him down the road, which is why Nania's possible jump into the race (although late) makes sense.
I have a few more things I need to share with everyone about Cappiello, which I will touch on very soon.