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.