While for many voters in today’s primary, the focus is on high-profile candidates like Linda McMahon, Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy, don’t discount the Tea Party, which is bringing some people to the polls.
Though he’s never voted in a primary before, Matt Kocian headed to Old Greenwich School around noon to support Tea Party-endorsed Republican Senate candidate Peter Schiff, and Rob Merkle, who is looking to challenge Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District.
“This is the first time in my life I have been totally scared and frightened for my country,” said Kocian, 52, who attended his first Tea Party rally at Town Hall in Greenwich on Tax Day in 2009.
Kocian said he wants his representatives in Congress to cut deficit spending and entitlement programs, including recently-extended unemployment benefits, and repeal the contentious health care reform legislation.
“I did a lot of research,” said Kocian, who never thought he’d support such far-right politicians. “I voted for people that stand for our Constitution.”
Kocian’s wife, Nancy Pelgrift, was a registered Independent who switched to the GOP so she could vote in the primary and “take ownership” of the election.