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Bacchiochi Fires Campaign Consultant, Foley Keeps Her

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 24, 2014 3:36pm
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Regina Roundtree

Lieutenant governor candidate Penny Bacchiochi ended a consulting agreement with urban outreach consultant Regina Roundtree on Thursday over online comments about another candidate, but Roundtree will continue work for Tom Foley’s gubernatorial campaign.

“Her status is that she’s a consultant to the Foley campaign for urban outreach,” Foley spokesman Chris Cooper said. “The work she was doing for the Bacchiochi campaign was not connected or related to the work she is doing for the Foley campaign in any way.”

Roundtree had also served as an urban outreach consultant for the Bacchiochi campaign until Thursday when Bacchiochi’s primary opponent, Heather Bond Somers, called on the campaign to “disavow” statements Roundtree made about her on social media.

Former Republican lawmaker Kevin Rennie posted on his blog a screengrab of Roundtree apparently charging Somers with “white privilege” on her Facebook page.

Reached by phone, Roundtree said the comments were hers, but had been taken out of context in the post. She declined to comment further on the issue.

The Somers campaign called the social media comments “outrageous assertions.”

“While a Republican primary may become very heated over the discussion of a candidate’s record and vision there is no place for the personal, divisive and defamatory assertions which are becoming common from the Bacchiochi camp,” the Somers campaign said in a statement.

Bacchiochi stirred controversy prior to the Republican convention in May, when she suggested in media interviews that another candidate, David Walker, made comments about her biracial marriage. Bacchiochi later apologized to Walker.

On Thursday, she responded to Roundtree’s comments by severing ties with the consultant and calling the comments “unacceptable.”

“The campaign had no prior knowledge of the statements attributed to her that appeared on a third-party social media web site. The campaign has ended its consulting agreement with Ms. Roundtree,” she said.

Roundtree, founder of the Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives as well as Cogent Consulting, appears to have a more lucrative relationship with the Foley campaign than with the Bacchiochi campaign.

According to campaign finance documents, Bacchiochi paid Roundtree and Cogent a total of $645.16 for consultant work this year. Meanwhile, Foley has paid Cogent a total of $7,210.

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posted by: SocialButterfly | July 24, 2014  5:48pm

If you want to dance, you must pay the fiddler, even if the music is out of tune. Politics are full of missteps.

posted by: art vandelay | July 24, 2014  9:11pm

art vandelay

If Foley wants the urban vote he’d better start pounding the pavements on Whalley Avenue in New Haven or North Main Street in Hartford.  Attending fundraisers w/Chris Christie in Greenwich won’t do him ANY good.

posted by: Salmo | July 25, 2014  3:35pm

Ms. Bacchiochi: This joke is no longer funny!

posted by: SocialButterfly | July 25, 2014  6:39pm

Art: Bad advice. If Foley should decide on pounding pavements on Whalley Avenue,or North Main Street, in Hartford,  he had better have a police escort or he might get hurt. He needs fundraiser’s to win the election. You don’t sound like you want Foley to win.

posted by: art vandelay | July 26, 2014  5:28am

art vandelay

@QuestionMark,
The Republican Conservative message needs to get out into the urban community.  Urban residents need to know that the Democrat Party is NOT their friend and have done NOTHING for them these past 50 years. The Democrats have keep them dependent on them for their votes.  The sooner they realize this the better off they will be.  Foley needs to get that message across to them in order to win this election.  Look what happen in Bridgeport in 2010.  It WILL happen again if this election is close.

posted by: littlemike | August 4, 2014  11:54am

Art V. he needs to do both. They are not mutually exclusive. It is important to get out into the public face-to-face, especially with a demographic he is trying to gain—essentially a new clientele. But he can’t shirk the cardinal rule that “money is the mother’s milk of politics,” or else wind up as unheard-of as Visconti (for the same reason).

posted by: SocialButterfly | August 4, 2014  12:59pm

@Art Vandelay: Getting the Republican conservative message out to the urban community is wishful thinking and easier said than done, since the current elected political leadership in these communities are strictly Democratic. However, a serious attempt must be made by Republicans to penetrate this entrenched, long established Democratic political zone, in order to win the election.