The small, small world of political fundraising
Tiffany Romero Grossman, the first in what appears to be a series of four campaign managers, is now working on a contract basis for The PierceZappi Group, which counts Roraback as a client, though partner Robert Zappi said Grossman is in no way working on Roraback's campaign, saying she has "no responsibility, no input" — not that it would be illegal if she was, just unethical.
"It's good ethics, good values," he said.
After Grossman left the Wilson-Foley campaign for medical reasons (she couldn't devote the time that the campaign required, Zappi said), Chris Covucci was hired to run the campaign, but then he left to work on the Chris Coutu campaign in the 2nd district.
Coutu, by the way, also employs PierceZappi for his political fundraising.
Then, Courant blogger and columnist Rick Green reported that Chris Syrek, a veteran of the Tom Foley campaign (which also employed PierceZappi), was Wilson-Foley's new campaign manager.
Not quite true anymore.
Chris Healy, the one-time chief of the Connecticut Republican Party, and one-time head of Sebastian Giuliano's mayoral campaign in Middletown, when pressed, said he was the campaign manager for Wilson-Foley. And Syrek? He's the deputy campaign manager.
Follow all that?
"Typically, there are people who go from campaign to campaign," Zappi said.
Now, just to set the record straight, Zappi said his firm engages in fundraising and fundraising only.
"We're not doing any political consulting whatsoever," he said. "What a campaign manager would do, we don't provide that service."