Naughty Nancy: DiNardo apologizes for cynical words

In an April 28, 2008 file photo, Connecticut state Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo laughs in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut's last uncommitted superdelegate, has endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. DiNardo held back her endorsement for months, saying she wanted to wait until the primaries were over. (AP Photo/Bob Child, file)

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo as seen in this April 2008 file photo taken in Hartford. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Connecticut’s top Democrat expressed regret Tuesday afternoon over her jaded pronouncement that, “In politics, nobody does something for nothing.”

“It was a dumb thing to say, which is typically what happens when you’re angry and you try to say something,” Nancy DiNardo, the state Democratic chairwoman, said in a statement to Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.

DiNardo made the controversial remark in response to former Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi crossing party lines to endorse Republican Tim Herbst, the first selectman in DiNardo’s hometown of Trumbull and thorn in the side of Democrats.

“It came out wrong, and I’m sorry for it,” DiNardo said. “I think most people in politics are good and decent people who believe deeply in public service. It was dumb of me to suggest otherwise.”

Neil Vigdor