Briefly chatted tonight with House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, about some of the folks lining up to replace retiring GOP Chairman Chris Healy.
Cafero said he’s trying to stay out of it, but has been spreading the word about what he considers the role of the chairman.
“I don’t think the role is to be a talking head, with all due respect, or someone setting policy,” Cafero said. “Work on party building, grassroots, infrastructure, recruiting, fund raising, that kind of thing.”
Healy has been an often very quotable talking head and unafraid to issue statements, solicited and unsolicited, about lawmakers’ decisions in Hartford, particularly when they were Democrats.
But Cafero – who with Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield – represents their party in the halls of the capitol, said when a chairman talks policy there is a risk he or she dilutes the message.