GOP Convention Endorses Shaker for 107th [Video]

Narrow vote supports newcomer Harry Shaker over incumbent Rep. David Scribner.

Ten Republican delegates from endorsed , 6-4, to run as the GOP candidate for the state House of Representatives 107th District Wednesday night, ousting sitting Rep. David Scribner as the party nominee.

Scribner, citing his electoral record, vowed to seek a primary, which leaves the ultimate decision to the party’s rank and file in August.

Upon setting and reading the rules of procedure for the convention, Bethel delegate Patricia Rist put forward Scribner’s name for nomination, seconded by fellow Bethel delegate Kitty Grant. After those speeches, Brookfield delegates Ryan Murphy and Phil Kurtz nominated and seconded Shaker, respectively.

A roll call of delegates was taken, with the two Bethel delegates, Danbury’s Vickey Hickey (in for Helen Hoffstaetter) and Brookfield’s Bob Belden voting for incumbent Scribner and the remaining six delegates, all from Brookfield, favoring Shaker. (Along with Belden, Brookfield’s delegation included Edward Bossio, Geoffrey Hunton, Kevin McCaffrey, Linda Taylor, Kurtz and Murphy.)

After the convention closed, Shaker said he was “very excited and humbled to think that I may have the opportunity to go to Hartford,” adding that he was pleased with the idea of representing both of his hometowns of Brookfield and Danbury, as well as Bethel.

During his acceptance speech [see video], Shaker noted that the decision to run against Scribner was not an easy one, but one he “made in the best interest of the 107th District.”

“One of my fears is that we’re driving our young leaders and our future out of the state of Connecticut,” he said, explaining his decision to run. “My fear is that we are driving our future away through taxation.”

If elected, Shaker pledged to attempt to reign in spending at the state level while also ensuring that residents of the 107th get a greater share of state funding, particularly when it comes to special education and support for local small business owners.


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“I’m obviously disappointed, but it’s the beginning of the process,” said Scribner, who is currently serving his sixth full term in the state legislature. “I respect the process but this is just part of the process,” he said, adding that he will “absolutely” be seeking a primary.

“I will take the vote of confidence that my constituents have given me time and time again over this,” he said, that saw him garner between 80 and 90 percent of the vote, “And that was with a record to uphold.”

Scribner said the convention’s outcome was not a surprise, as he did not expect the support of the majority of the Brookfield delegation.

According to Scribner, he sent lists of suggested delegates to the three Republican Town Committees (RTCs) in early March, however the Brookfield RTC only appointed one of his choices: Belden.

“Bethel and Danbury honored that request — Brookfield did not,” he said.

According to Brookfield RTC Secretary Matt Grimes, during his time with the RTC, Scribner has been the only candidate for any office to request specific delegates for conventions, a practice that is allowed but generally not utilized. The final roster of delegates is under the discretion of the individual RTCs.

Though not surprised by the outcome, Scribner said he will look to the support of the voters in the primary.

“And they have consistently supported me in the past,” he said.

“I would have been shocked if he didn’t” seek a primary, Shaker said. “I look forward to primarying with him,” he added, as whoever wins “will be a better candidate and a stronger candidate” for having gone through the process.

Adele Friedman May 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Listen? When we used Harry Shaker's company to paint our house, and had problems, there were multiple broken promises and dozens of unreturned phone calls. After numerous unreturned calls, I was finally able to reach Harry by phone by utilizing Caller ID Blocking, so that he could not see it was me calling again. These issues resulted in us reporting him to the Better Business Bureau. One can hope for better if he becomes our representative. One ought not to count on it.
Jeff Albarn May 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Is this the gentleman from Shaker's Deli - now closed - across from Costco? If so, his sandwiches were good!
Adele Friedman May 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I don't know if there's any affiliation with Shaker's Deli. The business I refer to is Yankee Paint and Contracting.
Jeff Albarn May 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thank you for the information...sorry you had to go through all that...I hope there is an honest debate between these two gentleman.
Adele Friedman May 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thanks, Jeff.
Brian Boodry May 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Has Mr. Shaker's list of books he would like to ban been released yet?
Dr. Robin Appleby May 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We used Mr. Shaker to paint our home inside and out when it was built 4 years ago. He did a terrific, really high quality job and charged less than other painters bid. I have known him a long time and he is a decent, honest, fair, hardworking guy. We still get compliments on the quality of his painting. He is also very pleasant and a pleasure to have around.
Adele Friedman May 17, 2012 at 09:58 PM
He did quality work on the inside. And was pleasant. Until we had problems. Then the run around, unreturned calls and broken promises.
Dr. Robin Appleby May 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
On a personal note, Mr. Shaker has been very involved with the young people of Brookfield. He has coached over 100 sports teams in this area. One of the reasons he is running for office is his concern about the lack of jobs, especially for the young. Many young people, including his, have to leave Connecticut to get a job. Harry is just a good decent guy. It's too bad that anyone who tries to get involved in public service and make Brookfield and Connecticut a better place, gets constant personal attacks.
Adele Friedman May 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It is not a personal attack to make factually correct statements of what occurred during a business transaction. I thought he was a really decent guy, too. He was great at returning calls--until he knew I was calling about a problem. After the transaction was done and paid for. Dozens of unreturned phone calls and broken promises stretching from late Summer or early fall 2004-Fall 2005 is NOT a matter of no consequence as it relates to customer service. It is indicative of an attitude, at the very least.
John Hawley May 18, 2012 at 03:00 PM
We'll look forward to your supporting an honorable campaign but I am not holding my breath.
Dr. Robin Appleby May 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Good morning Mr. Hawley. As to my supporting an honorable campaign. I have run in 3 campaigns. First, against Mr. Tinsley in 2009. I only said good things about my opponent, lost, and the Tinsleys took us to a lovely dinner at John's Best and we found that my wife's kids and Mary Tinsley are second cousins. We have been close friend since. My second campaign was against Mr. Bob Belden and Greg Dembowski, two of the absolutely finest people in Brookfield, as I said several times in the Patch. Mr.Belden, after losing the primary, was gracious enough to spend over 12 hours preparing Mr. Kurtz and I for the Board of Finance. He is the most Ivy League, "le gratin", gentleman that I personally know in Brookfield. Mr. Dembowski is a kind, decent, hardworking guy and I would like to think that we are also friends. My third campaign was against Mr. Marconi. I have know Bob for many years in different venues. I salute his military service and public service. As I said in the Patch, if I lost in the election, I couldn't find a better person to lose to (something like that). I dont know Ms. Lemire but am sure that she is an attribute to Brookfield. So that is my 3 campaigns. If you can find ANY personal attacks, secret Facebook sites attacking opponents, ANY articles attacking opponents, ANY campaign literature demonizing opponents, ANYTHING bad I said about Mr. Tinsley, Belden, Dembowski, Marconi or Mrs. Lemire....please post them.
Dr. Robin Appleby May 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
As to Mr. Scribner, I have known David for over 25 years, initially through his service at the Congregational Church. I salute his many years of service in Hartford especially his sterling voting/attendence record. I wouldn't even want to THINK about the hours he has spent just DRIVING back and forth to Hartford, the hundreds of boring committee meetings he has sat through, the family events he has missed, etc. I may not always agree with David (but do most of the time) but am thankful for his many years of service to Brookfield.
John Hawley May 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Lovely post and so eloquently stated...let's hope that during this campaign you will help keep it civil and issue focused....like I said, I am not holding my breath considering the track record of some of the cast of characters. So, as a member of the Town Committee, who are you supporting???
Dr. Robin Appleby May 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
John Hawley....I like your style. I find people who think differently, and can explain and back up their ideas, much more interesting than a room of people who all think alike. At your next party or dinner, look around the room....I bet they all voted for the same idiot. I hope that someday I can take you for wine, beer or coffee. I think that we might agree on most things (horrors). I am NOT a conservative, I am a Libertarian. But we get to the same place by wanting Liberty....not wanting the government in your bedroom, restricting what you do, what you smoke, who you marry, having a 1000 plus military bases all around the world, etc. Wishing you a great day and clean campaigns, where, after the election is over, we go have a few beers and laugh. Best wishes, Robin
John Hawley May 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Idiot? Sounds like a personal attack to me :-)...you answered my question. I already knew you were a libertarian. We will have that glass of wine sometime. Ciao!


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