HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly, R-21st, Sen. Ryan Fazio, R-Greenwich, and the entire Senate Republican Caucus mourn the loss of “political giant” and former Republican U.S. Senator and Governor Lowell P. Weicker Jr., who died at a hospital in Middletown on Wednesday at the age of 92.
In a press release issued Wednesday, the caucus described Weicker as a man “who dedicated his life to serving the people of Connecticut and our nation,” and who “stood firm and did not waiver in his beliefs of what he deemed right for the State of Connecticut.”
Kelly, whose district includes Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford said, “outspoken. Independent. Principled. Lowell Weicker embodied these qualities and had a deep appreciation for the state and the people of Connecticut.”
“He dedicated his life to public service, getting people involved in their communities, and creating a lasting impact on our state. For that, we owe a debt of gratitude to the former U.S. senator and governor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Claudia, family and friends during this difficult time.”
“Lowell Weicker and Greenwich will forever be synonymous,” Fazio said. “He was a leader who constantly challenged the status quo. He didn’t want to win any popularity contests. He was an independent-minded activist who stood up for what he believed in. He strove to make reforms despite intense political and public criticism.”
“Lowell Weicker was a son of Greenwich who led a unique and impactful life of service to help improve the quality of life in our state and nation. For that, he deserves our gratitude and our respect. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, whom he loved dearly.”
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