No W for Bobby V: Ex-Met manager Valentine loses Stamford mayor race

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Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine mislaid his bid to go the politician of Stamford, Conn. connected Tuesday — and blamed the property for the nonaccomplishment citing each the “lousy” coverage.

Democratic authorities Rep. Caroline Simmons appeared to triumph the contention — though the Associated Press warned the contention was excessively choky to telephone and could beryllium decided by outstanding absentee ballots.

Vote totals and percentages were not instantly disposable from Connecticut officials due to the fact that of a method glitch that deed that state’s elections results website, NBC’s affiliate determination reported.

Valentine, successful a abbreviated speech, called retired the media for “all the lousy coverage” — earlier yet congratulating Simmons, the local Stamford Advocate reported.

“I’ll ever emotion the radical of this metropolis and volition ever deliberation that Stamford is special,” helium added.

The concession came 4 hours aft the polls closed astatine 8 p.m.

Valentine, 71, is astir celebrated for skippering the Mets to the 2000 World Series — lone to suffer to the cross-town rival Yankees.

State Rep. Simmons is acceptable   to go  the archetypal  pistillate   to service  arsenic  politician  of Stamford, Conn.State Rep. Simmons is acceptable to go the archetypal pistillate to service arsenic politician of Stamford, Conn.AP

He ran for the Stamford mayoralty arsenic an autarkic against Simmons, a 35-year-old authorities lawmaker who had the backing of the Democratic Party, which typically dominates elections there.

Simmons volition beryllium the archetypal pistillate to service arsenic politician of Stamford, the state’s second-largest city.

She called it “a peculiar time for Stamford women” successful her triumph speech. “Together we made history,” she added.

Simmons became the Democratic nominee aft defeating the incumbent mayor.

It’s clip for maine to congratulate the caller politician of Stamford, Caroline Simmons. Thank you each for your support, it’s been my honor. #oneofusfourallofus

— Bobby Valentine (@BobbyValentine) November 3, 2021

Unaligned candidates typically don’t just good successful American elections, but Valentine got an assistance erstwhile the Republican campaigner dropped retired of the contention and endorsed him.

And the contention attracted nationalist attention.

Former Republican President George W. Bush, who was a managing spouse of the Texas Rangers erstwhile the squad fired Valentine arsenic its manager, contributed $500 to the candidate’s campaign.

Meanwhile, erstwhile Democratic President Barack Obama endorsed Simmons.

Valentine — who spoke his caput astatine Mets manager and erstwhile wore a disguise successful the dugout aft an umpire tossed him from a crippled — stirred contention erstwhile helium belittled Simmons’ property and suggested she was privileged.

Valentine congratulated Simmons connected  Twitter and thanked run  supporters saying, "It's been my honor."Valentine congratulated Simmons connected Twitter and thanked run supporters saying, “It’s been my honor.”AP

“There’s nary accidental of a 35-year-old girl who grew up successful a backstage setting, going to a backstage schoolhouse successful Greenwich, Connecticut, could perchance subordinate to the divers civilization of Stamford, Connecticut, amended than I do, nary substance what the property is,” Valentine said. “It’s an implicit impossibility successful my mind.”

Simmons slammed Valentine successful a fundraising email to backers.

“Just this afternoon, Bobby Valentine said there’s nary accidental ‘a 35-year-old girl’ could perchance subordinate to the radical of Stamford amended than helium does,” Simmons wrote. “His misogynistic comments are violative to each women and girls successful our metropolis and we cannot basal for his demeaning remarks — whether it is to radical who were not calved here, radical who can’t spend to ain here, oregon women pursuing their dreams here.’’

– With Associated Press