Bloomfield attorney Corey Brinson received enough support this weekend from Republican delegates to primary Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr., but decided Monday evening that he would sit this one out for the good of the party.
“I fell 144 votes short of the endorsement and I know how hard it’s going to be to elect a Republican to a statewide office,” Brinson said in a phone interview.
Brinson, 30, said a lot of people are in a lot of different stages in their political careers.
“I’m just starting mine,” Brinson said.
Brinson said he would work hard to get Farrell elected and help the Republicans take back the Secretary of the State’s office for the first time in 16 years.
It was the first time Brinson attempted to run for elected office. As a newcomer he received 40 percent of the delegate vote, which impressed many of members of the Republican Party.
In a Facebook message, Brinson let his supporters know he would not primary Farrell.
“I will not primary Jerry Farrell and ask all of my supporters to support his candidacy. Jerry’s experience, work ethic, and fundraising ability will ensure that a Republican is elected Secretary of the State in November. I look forward to working for Republicans from today through Election Day. Thank you for all your support and I will be back again to fight the good fight,“ Brinson wrote.
Farrell will face Majority Leader Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, Sen. Jonathan Harris, D-West Hartford, or former New Haven Alderman Gerry Garcia in the November election.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is not seeking re-election this year after holding the office for 12 years.