Politics, seafood mix at Lobsterfest

NORWICH – The Chenango County Republican Committee hosted the 36th annual Lobsterfest on Sunday, drawing more than 500 community members together with elected officials and candidates from offices at the federal, state and county levels.

“The most non-political of political events,” said Republican Committee Chairman Tom Morrone in describing the event. Morrone is the longest running party chairman in the state.

The event was held beneath a clear blue sky at the Canasawacta Country Club and serves as the committee’s sole fundraiser for the year.

For $60 a ticket, patrons received two lobsters, an open bar, a complete buffet and four hours of casual access to some of the most predominant Republicans in the state.

Among those in attendance this year were: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio; Harry Wilson, who is vying for the office of state comptroller; Bruce A. Blakeman, the Republican front-runner challenging Kirsten Gillibrand for her Senate seat in November; Dan Donovan candidate for Attorney General; and Richard Hanna, who will challenge Mike Arcuri once more for the honor of representing New York’s 24th Congressional District. Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gary Berntsen also attended the event and will be challenging Chuck Schumer for his seat.

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