Holder-Winfield Reassesses Campaign

Thomas MacMillan PhotoGary Holder-Winfield is consulting his supporters to decide where to go next now that Toni Harp has entered the race for mayor.

Holder-Winfield (pictured at last Saturday’s mayoral debate) said he was as surprised as the rest of New Haven to learn Monday that state Sen. Harp has decided to seek the Democratic nomination for mayor to replace retiring incumbent John DeStefano.

Holder-Winfield, a state representative, is running, too. Harp was supporting him. Just this past Friday she posed for a picture with him holding up his campaign sign.

Then came Harp’s Monday bombshell, which threw the crowded mayoral field into confusion. The word “re-set” was repeated in campaign conversations throughout the day.

Now Holder-Winfield has to decide whether to stay in the race against an 11-term incumbent state senator with wide popularity in New Haven.

“Toni getting into the race is significant,” Holder-Winfield said Monday evening. “This campaign isn’t just about me. If you’re running for something like mayor you owe it to people not only to say, ‘I’m the best candidate,’ but to evaluate what’s going on around me.

“I’m going to do an evaluation what does it mean to have a race that includes Toni Harp. I haven’t had long to think about it. I found out right before I got to the Capitol today. I haven’t had time to sit and think about it. I’m going to sit with the people involved in the campaign.”

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posted by: HhE on April 23, 2013  8:13am

Well said, Gary.  In the meantime, let me help you get this knife out of your back.

posted by: Brutus2011 on April 23, 2013  9:12am

Might be a good thing for H-W although bad, in my opinion, for the rest of us.

New Haven is seriously messed up and the entrenched powers must like it that way.

Gary is a light shining into the abyss filled with many denizens of the “I ain’t giving my job for nuttin’” kind.

Choose well, Gary.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on April 23, 2013  9:14am

He is dropping out, the minute I saw she was running I knew he would be dropping out.

I am not so sure. I for some reason have the scenario stuck in my head..***wavy line wavy line**

Gary was not getting the support he thought he was going to get, he head political saw this, talked Harp into running…and BAM Gary will drop out and run for her seat in the senate. But the drama definitely had for some good press.

Not Gary supporters have to decide will they go with Winfield revamped into harp or go with another.

And I her being in the race totally eliminated Henry as well.  Matt will get 100 to 200 votes so it may not effect him.

Elicker is like the stealth flyer…:) think it is between him and Harp

posted by: BetweenTwoRocks on April 23, 2013  9:28am

Disappointing for Holder-Winfield.  I have admired him for quite some time and really admired his stance and leadership in the death penalty repeal last year.  I hope he continues to run but understand if it looks like he’s not going to win.  He probably isn’t the ‘sexiest’ candidate, but a very straightforward and honest one.  Either way I look forward to voting for him in the future regardless of what position he’s running for.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on April 23, 2013  9:47am

posted by: HhE on April 23, 2013 8:13am
Well said, Gary.  In the meantime, let me help you get this knife out of your back

You better start with the white Liberals who put the knife in his back first.

In this deceitful American game of power politics, the Negroes (i.e., the race problem, the integration and civil rights issues) are nothing but tools, used by one group of whites called Liberals against another group of whites called Conservatives, either to get into power or to remain in power. Among whites here in America, the political teams are no longer divided into Democrats and Republicans. The whites who are now struggling for control of the American political throne are divided into “liberal” and “conservative” camps. The white liberals from both parties cross party lines to work together toward the same goal, and white conservatives from both parties do likewise.
Malcom X

posted by: HhE on April 23, 2013  10:18am

Well said, Brutus2011, well said.

I rather like your take, cedarhillresident!.  Let us hope you are right.

posted by: MamaBear on April 23, 2013  10:33am

Let’s not hope it comes down to a 1 vote tiebreaker, because my one vote would not go to Toni Harp! If she wanted to run she should not have endorsed Gary and then run the next day.They say “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” I agree with Hhe and Brutus2011 on this one, Gary is looking better by the day. By the way, what happened to Kermit Carolina’s race?

posted by: Curious on April 23, 2013  11:20am

Justin and Gary are my faves in this race, I really hope that Gary does not drop out.

posted by: westville man on April 23, 2013  11:24am

Folks- there was intense pressure over the weekend for Harp to get in the race. That’s why she is posed w Gary Friday and got in on Monday. I posted what happened and why under the NHI story about her.
MamaBear,  Carolina is in the final exploratory stage.  A decision should come soon. I hope he gets in- He’s the only one who has stood up to DeStefano and cant be influenced by the powers that “wanna” be….

posted by: Noteworthy on April 23, 2013  12:27pm

Those are big bus tracks on Gary’s back. Isn’t it nice to know your fellow New Haven pol, Martin Looney threw you under the bus and Toni Harp drove it? And she’s going for it in violation of one of your key points: Clean elections and supported by Looney, a one time clean elections guy too. Talk about lack of convictions. Ouch.

posted by: stick21 on April 23, 2013  12:40pm

So all the pretenders to the throne are now in a guessing game now that Sen. Harp is going to run… Well, those who think they have a chance will stay in the race and those who never entered should get the message to stay out. Because, I am sure they hear the music of the Harp warming up to sing that swan song…. Although, I like the reference to the knife, HhE!

posted by: Razzie on April 23, 2013  7:20pm

Simply put, Gary’s campaign hasn’t been getting the traction many people had hoped. He is a skilled legislator, however many people believe he hasn’t put in enough constituent service in New Haven to establish a base. I don’t fault Sen. Harp for running, and I don’t think Gary does either. If he did, he would stay in the race and let his platform ideas compete like all the others. He simply isn’t as strong a candidate as she is. And if you want change from the DeStefano / Fernandez regime, then Toni Harp is the best you can get. Besides, Toni didn’t stab Gary in the back, I think that job was done by all the “supporters” who told him they like him, but like Justin better.

posted by: HhE on April 24, 2013  12:57am

Razzie, you may be talking about me.  After all, I gave the maximum amount to both Justin and Gary, and I prefer Justin, but think very highly of Gary.  Mind you, I did tell each of them I was also supporting the other. I have voted for Gary each election, and I defend him in the NHI fur-ball.  So I’m thinking I’m not even on the bus (I don’t know how to ride CT Transit.), but if Gary tells me otherwise, I will listen.  He is after all a very eloquent speaker. 

3/5ths, I may find white liberals a bit much at times, conservatives too.  I’ll let in on the real secret of WASP power:  value education.  It is not much of a conspiracy I know, but it works.  Also, small families; it concentrates the wealth.