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Maturo Picks Carbo As His No. 1 Man

Town Councilman Paul Carbo is selected to manage Republican mayoral candidate Joe Maturo's campaign.

In his sixth bid for East Haven's top elected seat, former Republican Mayor Joe Maturo has chosen Councilman Paul Carbo to run his campaign show.

"I can't be more pleased that Paul has agreed to be chairman of my campaign committee," Maturo said in a written statement. He served five terms as mayor from 1997-2007, when he was bested by Democrat April Capone. "Paul has proven to be an insightful, hardworking and dedicated councilman."

Carbo is one of three Republicans on the Town Council.

Late last month, Maturo announced he tapped local attorney Linda Monaco to be his campaign treasurer.

After months of speculation about whether Maturo would try to recapture his lost seat, he put rumors to bed March 21 when he told the Republican Town Committee he's going for it.

Maturo could be facing John Finkle, who had earlier announced his mayoral aspiration, in a primary. Maturo has grabbed some of Finkle's supporters but some, such as party Chair Lou Crisci, said they remain with Finkle.

"Paul has been a strong voice for East Haven taxpayers fighting the current administration regarding their out-of-control spending, unnecessary bonding to cover budget shortfalls and their blatant violation of the Town Charter," said Maturo. "I have total confidence in Paul's ability to lead my campaign committee. His experience and knowledge will serve us well."

Since Patch learned about Carbo's appointment around 10 p.m. Monday, it was too late to contact the councilman for comment.

Momauguin Dem April 05, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Who cares how many weeks vacation he took, he did a better job than this mayor and HER CRONIES! 4 Million Dollar Surplus VS 5 Million Dollar Deficet......hmmmm Bottom line is ANYONE BUT APRIL in November!!!
Stan Wojnilo April 05, 2011 at 01:45 PM
I care about how many weeks of vaction he took; and how many meetings he missed. A mayor needs to lead and be there to do the job the people elected him to do.
Fact Checker April 05, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Hey johna dont be so quick to attack people when you dont even know the facts yourself: 2009 2nd Dist. Town Council Linda Monaco 707 (note how linda was the lowest vote getter of her district) Susan Deko 739 Vincent Mauro 800 Vincent Arpino 940 Gary DePalma 1,073 Joe Santino 919 2010 Lawlor - 3,770 (wins) Monaco - 2,951 2011 James Albis (D) 1423 Linda Monaco (R) 1331 (linda also lost in every district except her home district) MEN LIE WOMEN LIE NUMBERS DON'T
Momauguin Dem April 05, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Its no differant than calling out sick to go to a Yankees game.......and thats just the one time what we now of.. Bottom line...ANYONE BUT APRIL!!!
John Jay April 12, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Unfortunately Mayor Capone is doing neither, and at least with Maturo the town was not spiraling into debt. Maturo is definitely not the best choice, and neither was Finkle, but at least Maturo has the experience, and is certainly a better choice than Mayor Capone

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