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McMahon to Get Award at State GOP's Prescott Bush Dinner

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the scheduled key note speaker at the dinner where New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart will receive the Woman's Leadership Award.

Linda McMahon. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
Linda McMahon. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
Two-time Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Linda McMahon has been selected to receive the Prescott Bush Award, the Connecticut Republican Party’s highest honor.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, grandson of the late Prescott Bush, will be the keynote speaker, according to an announcement from the Connecticut Republican Committee.

The awards will be given at the 36th annual dinner scheduled for April 10 at the Stamford Hilton Hotel.

“Linda McMahon has shown tremendous leadership, both as a candidate herself and as a tireless advocate for Republicans at all levels of local, state and federal government,” Connecticut GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said in a statement.

“Her experience creating, building and running a business has helped shine a light on the need for government to help, not hinder, the creation of jobs in order to help our state and our economy prosper.”

Since leaving the campaign trail, McMahon has continued to support Republican candidates across Connecticut and the country.

She also has been active with the the Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation in support of various causes focused on education and women and children at risk.

McMahon serves on the boards of Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, Connecticut; the Close Up Foundation, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, and American Corporate Partners, a New York-based organization that pairs returning veterans with mentors in the workforce.

Other honorees

Former Greenwich Republican Town Committee Chair Edward Dadakis, who has served on the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting since 1979 and is a member of the State Central Committee, will receive the Fenton Futtner Award.

“Each year, the Fenton “Pat” Futtner Award recognizes exceptional, longtime service to our Party by one of its unsung heroes,” said LaBriola.

Dadakis first became involved in politics while a high school student. He went on to serve as the UConn coordinator for the re-election of both President Gerald Ford and U.S. Sen. Lowell Weicker.

Since then, he has been involved with numerous campaigns in Greenwich as well as serving as Greenwich Coordinator for the campaigns of President Bush and Congressman Christopher Shays.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart will receive the Women’s Leadership Award that evening.
 
“Mayor Stewart is truly a rising star in the Republican Party,” LaBriola said. “At just 26 years-old, her dedication and hard work overcame a 6-to-1 Democrat advantage to propel her to the Mayor’s office in the city she loves. Already, her leadership has been an inspiration to Republicans across the state as she works towards moving New Britain forward.”

Past recipients

Previous recipients of the Prescott Bush Award include State Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, former Ambassador Tom Foley of Greenwich, House Republican Leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk, former Gov. M. Jodi Rell of Brookfield, former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele of Stamford, and U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons.

For more information and tickets, call Mike Swetz at (860) 422-8211 or email mswetz@ctgop.org.

A version of this article originally was published by Greenwich Patch.

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