McCoy declines mayoral re-election bid, to seek U.S. Senate seat
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Mon., Jul. 25, 2011
In a press conference late in the afternoon on July 22, Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy announced that he will not seek re-election this November, but instead will explore the possibility of running for U.S. Senate in 2012.
“I want to thank the citizens of the town of Vernon for allowing me to serve as mayor,” McCoy said, adding that he intends to “spend more time with my family, to focus on my career as a lawyer, and to explore a run for the United States Senate. It's now that I move to the next level. I've done all I can do in Vernon.”
McCoy, a Republican, touted his handling of the town budget, and called for more fiscal conservancy on the national level.
“Over the last four years, we've reduced taxes and reduced the cost of government,” he said. “We've changed the economic environment to promote jobs and job opportunities, along with economic growth, while expanding our tax base. Part of this success has been electing fiscal conservatives to the town council, as well as the Board of Education.”
“Going forward,” McCoy said, “the country needs a clear direction to fix the economy, to create jobs and job opportunities, and to lower unemployment – to create spending, reduce debt and borrowing. We really need to work on ending over-regulation of nearly every aspect of American life, which I believe is one of the symptoms of the failing economy.”
The announcement apparently caught CT GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. by surprise.
“I thought I was coming to an announcement for re-election,” Labriola said, “but you have to be prepared for anything in this business.”
Labriola said there are likely other candidates from Connecticut who will vie for the party's nomination.
“Mayor McCoy has established a record of dedicated public service,” Labriola said. “I'm excited about our prospects for the U.S. Senate race. We are going to come out of the gate in 2012 as a united party. We will compete for that seat. It will be a targeted effort.”
McCoy said a more formal statement about his Senate bid will be forthcoming, and in the meantime, he will remain focused on the town's Republican caucus.