Petruccelli leaving Democratic Town Committee

Former party chairman to become Republican

Update: Stratford Democratic Town Committee Chairman Stephanie Philips responded to Len Petruccelli’s comments via email on Monday, noting that she won the Democratic nomination for mayor convincingly. She labeled Petruccell’s comments as “sour grapes.”

“I won the Democratic primary with 1,320 vs. Len Petruccelli’s 379. Len’s efforts to bash me and the party is just sour grapes,” she said.  “The Democratic party is changing with the times and some people like Len did not welcome the new progressive ideas.  We are a big tent, but for that to work people must be willing to listen to others; embrace diversity, and welcome new people.”

Philips said that Petruccelli  “left the party a long time ago.  This year Democrats presented a positive campaign of change with ideas and solutions that benefited Stratford.  I am very proud of our campaign’s many successes, and the party is stronger and energized with new people.”

Original story: Len Petruccelli is leaving the Stratford Democratic Town Committee and will become a Republican.

Len Petruccelli

Petruccelli, a former DTC chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Education, announced on Monday that he is resigning from the town committee effective Monday and will register as a Republican.

In a statement sent Monday via email, Petruccelli cited what he considers “the total lack of leadership experienced over the past two years as the main reasons” for his leaving. Stephanie Philips has served as DTC chairman since March 2016.

In his statement, Petruccelli laid the blame at Philips and what he saw as her inability to keep the party together.  Republican Laura Hoydick defeated Philips — the Democratic candidate — and independent candidate Sandra Zalik in the Nov. 7 mayoral election and Republicans won control of the Town Council by claiming  seven of the 10 available seats.

“The divide within the party is due directly to the inability of the Town Chair to bring the party together,” Petruccelli said.  “Her announcing that she would be a candidate for mayor focusing on herself and not allowing someone else to focus on and chair the party during a local election year was evident by our significant loss the party experienced this year after a significant win in 2015 when we took control of the Town Council.”

Petruccelli said the DTC is “ in serious trouble with no end in sight as the party leadership is only interested in divide and conquer.”

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