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Rutigliano Wins the 123rd

He replaces T.R. Rowe.

Restarauter David Rutigliano defeated challenger Tom Christiano for T.R. Rowe's former seat.

"Hard work pays off. We knocked on a ton of doors. We have a pretty good idea of what [constituents] are looking for," Rutigliano said at the Republican gathering at Marisa's Ristorante.

"He did very well," said Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst.

Christiano was gracious to his opponent.

"I lost to a good man. I'm sure Trumbull be served well with him," the democrat said.

Rutigliano, a chef and part owner of the SBC restaurant chain, has said he would streamline the hiring process and make Connecticut more business friendly.

He also wants to eliminate the state deficit and reduce spending and the size of government. He serves on the Trumbull Board of Finance.

Candidate

Votes Rutigliano (R)
5,767
Christiano (D)
4,606
Bevilacqua n/a

Challenger Louis Bevilacqua, a Democrat who recently turned Republican, thanked the district's voters.

"I would like to thank the people for the opportunity to stand as their candidate, the campaign itself was a win for competent democracy.  The largest block of voters in Connecticut with 800,000 persons are people who have turned their backs on either party faction. It's in their hands now," he said.

RONALD M GOLDWYN November 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Dear Brother David, Congratulations Ron Goldwyn, Milford Republican Town Committee 2nd District
louis November 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I had no idea Rutigliano is a freemason. We like them
louis November 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Let us thank the efforts also of Tom Christiano who briefly was a public official, now that his electoral career is finished. As for replacing Tom Ray Rowe, you simply cannot replace his distinct qualities. He goes to work in the dark realm of the dead now....we need such strength in probate
Paul Lavoie November 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Congratulations Dave. You are a great example of how hard work and a positive message work in local politics. You will represent Trumbull well in Hartford.

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