Fairfield GOP hosts roast of John McKinney

Former state Sen. John McKinney will be roasted at a Feb. 28 event hosted by the Fairfield Republican Town Committee.

Former state Sen. John McKinney will be roasted at a Feb. 28 event hosted by the Fairfield Republican Town Committee.

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A roast for John McKinney, who held the state Senate seat in the 28th District for eight terms, is planned Saturday, Feb. 28, by the Fairfield Republican Town Committee.

The event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road.

McKinney did not seek election to the legislative seat last year to make an unsuccessful bid for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination. He was elected minority leader of the Senate in June 2007 and was a ranking member on the General Assembly's Housing and Legislative Management committees. He also served on the Executive Nominations Committee.

Among those scheduled to roast McKinney is his successor in the 28th District, Fairfield Republican Tony Hwang, as well as former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, former state House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, former First Selectman Ken Flatto, former Fairfield Fiscal Officer Paul Hiller and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

A presentation will be made by First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Selectman Kevin Kiley.

Co-masters of ceremonies will be state Rep. Brenda Kupchick, R-132, and Republican Town Committee Chairman James Millington.

Tickets to the McKinney roast cost $125 per person and may be purchased by online at www.FairfieldRTC.com or by emailing McKinneyRoast@gmail.com. Details on purchasing advertisements in the dinner's program may be found at the town committee's website, www.fairfieldRTC.com or by calling 203-340-0109.