Darien's first selectman considered rising star among party
Although she had yet to serve a day as First Selectman, Jayme Stevenson was labeled a "rising star" among the Republican Party during an appearance on WFSB Channel 3's "Face the State" Sunday.
"It was very short notice when they contacted me. They called me Thursday afternoon," Stevenson said. "I was very surprised when they wanted me to come on the show."
Stevenson said someone within the Republican Party had given her the distinction of being a rising star but she didn't know who.
"Someone within the party identified me as an up-and-comer, and but I don't know who said that. I just want to get through the end of the week," she said.
"Jayme is a capable and proven municipal executive. She is part of our growing bench of future leaders," Labriola said.
Labriola said Republicans have really begun to erode the perception that Connecticut is a deeply blue state.
"We had a good night last week and we actually ended up with a net gain of five municipalities," he said. "That brings our total number of towns controlled by Republicans to 104 out of 169. It's clear we're turning things around in the state."
As far as Stevenson's future, Labriola said the party would continue to watch Stevenson's political career.
"I think Darien is in good hands and she has surrounded herself with strong leadership team and I can't wait to see what she does next. We're keeping an eye on her."
Labriola was optimistic that with candidates like Stevenson in the party, the Republicans can compete at every level of elections in 2012.
"I consider next year every race will be in play. We're trying to restore a healthy two-party system and it's nice that people can come from small towns. Jayme has a bright future ahead of her," he said.
Despite the honor of being seen as a potential contender in the future of Connecticut politics, Stevenson is staying well-grounded.
"Any thoughts of my future will be dependent on my job here as first selectman," she said. "I'm just going to take it one day at a time."