FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Stamford businessman August Wolf took to Twitter on Tuesday to rail against political "insiders” whom he believes helped Dan Carter of Bethel get the nod to challenge Richard Blumenthal for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
“I wasn’t treated fairly last night,’’ Wolf said on Twitter under his handle, @AugustWolfCT. “Arm twisting from do-nothing politicians at crooked convention! Wow.”
Carter won the Republican nomination with 907 votes at the state convention on Monday in Hartford, while Wolf garnered 123 and Darien businessman Jack Orchulli got 20.
Wolf has been running for the office for nearly a year, and scheduled a news conference Wednesday in Hartford to announce his next plans. Carter, a three-term legislator and former military pilot from Bethel, entered the race in March. He also represents parts of Danbury, Newtown and Redding. Orchulli, the last candidate to enter the race, conceded defeat after the first round of Monday’s voting and urged his delegates to support Carter.
Carter thanked Orchulli on his Twitter account, calling him a “#classact”and “#standupguy.” Wolf saw things much differently.
“How many cronies does it take to rig a convention,’’ Wolf said in another Tweet. “@DanCarterCT and his army of 150+ politicians and insiders! Not ok!”
In February, a Hartford Courant report said Wolf’s campaign had been hurt when more than 10 employees and volunteers left the campaign.
Carter faces a challenge in running against Bluementhal, the first-term senator who defeated Linda McMahon for the open Senate seat in 2010. Blumenthal, of Greenwich, served as the attorney general in Connecticut from 1991 to 2011. Reports indicated Blumenthal has amassed nearly $5 million in campaign fundraising.
Wolf, who works for works for Lebenthal Wealth Advisors, represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics in the shot put.