|Monday, I had the solemn honor of attending the funeral of Lowell Weicker. He had roots in Greenwich - beginning his public service career here, and the town is now his final resting place (Putnam Cemetery).
Weicker was a state representative from Greenwich from 1963-1969, representing the 154th District at the time, and as Greenwich's First Selectman. He was elected to Congress in 1968. After just one term in the U.S. House, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
He was the first Republican to call for President Richard Nixon to resign during the Watergate scandal and served on the Senate Watergate Committee. He wasn't there to protect Nixon or the GOP. He was there to do what was right. He served 18 years in the Senate but lost his seat when he was defeated by Joe Lieberman in 1988.
He left the Republican party and ran as a third-party candidate (A Connecticut Party), getting elected Connecticut's 85th governor in 1990. He was the first independent governor in the state since the Civil War. Connecticut remembers him as the governor who instituted the state income tax in 1991.
He was a veteran, a patriot, an advocate for the disabled and the marginalized, and a long-time public servant, as well as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Thank you for your service to the town of Greenwich and the people of Connecticut, Lowell. May you rest peacefully.