August 12, 2011

Republicans organizing mayors, selectmen to share ideas

Republicans organizing mayors, selectmen to share ideas

August 5, 2011

Connecticut Mayor McCoy poised to make a U.S. Senate run; will decide whether to enter the race by the end of the month - Capitol Watch

Connecticut Mayor McCoy poised to make a U.S. Senate run; will decidewhether to enter the race by the end of the month

Mayor McCoy with his Son and Daughter 
Mayor Jason McCoy knows it would be an enormous jump to go from running a town of about 46,000 people to joining the World's Most Exclusive Club.

But he says the knowledge he gleaned as mayor of Vernon would help him immensely as a U.S. Senator. The 40-year-old Republican is exploring a run for the seat currently held by Se. Joseph Lieberman.

 "I think it's important that people who are elected to the Senate have some type of executive experience,'' McCoy said on a recent afternoon, a week or so after announcing his exploratory bid. "I have an understanding of what it takes to manage a government.''

McCoy, a married father of three, is one of the GOP's "Twitter Mayors." Like Danbury's Mark Boughton, he maintains an active presence on the social network. He also has deep roots in Vernon; his grandfather was mayor of Rockville for eight years, and McCoy himself ran three times for state representative (he was defeated each time.)

Vernon is a mid-sized suburban town with Rockville, a small city, at its core. It is, says McCoy, a microcosm of Connecticut. He is just finishing up four years as the community's mayor, a post that pays $20,000 annually. He announced last month that he would not seek reelection and will instead, focus on his exploratory Senate bid.

McCoy is a trial lawyer by profession. He described his political philosophy as fiscally conservative with a libertarian streak. When it comes to taxes and spending, he says he believes "you have to get it done with what you have.''

That's a philosophy he says employed as Vernon's mayor. During his tenure, he lowered taxes, completed bridge reconstructions and other public works projects paid for with surplus funds from other cost reductions and presided over a decrease in the crime rate.  

McCoy's relative youth -- especially for the U.S. Senate -- raises the question of whether he might want to wait a bit. "You can always wait, but experience has nothing to do with age'' he said, adding that he has received "a lot of support and encouragement" since announcing his exploratory bid.

He said he intends to decide by the end of the month whether to enter the race.