McMahon, Dadakis to be honored for service

The Connecticut Republican Party’s annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner will have a distinctively Greenwich flavor to it this year as town residents Linda McMahon and Ed Dadakis will be among the honorees at the April 10 event.

At the annual dinner, which will be held at the Stamford Hilton Hotel, Ms. McMahon will receive the Prescott Bush Award, which is the highest honor the party can bestow. Ms. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, became a national figure beyond wrestling fans when she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012. While her campaigns were unsuccessful, she did make herself a major player on the political scene in Connecticut and has been a key fund-raiser for the party since then.

In a statement announcing the honor, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. praised her success in business by helping build WWE from a regional promotion to an international powerhouse and her support for the party.

“Linda McMahon has shown tremendous leadership, both as a candidate herself and as a tireless advocate for Republicans at all levels of local, state and federal government,” Mr. Labriola said. “Her experience creating, building and running a business has helped shine a light on the need for government to help, not hinder, the creation of jobs in order to help our state and our economy prosper.”

Mr. Dadakis will also be amongst the honorees. A former chairman of the Greenwich Republican Town Committee and a regular columnist for the Post, Mr. Dadakis will receive the Fenton Futtner Award for his long service to the party which dates back to his teenage years.

“Each year, the Fenton “Pat” Futtner Award recognizes exceptional, longtime service to our Party by one of its unsung heroes,” Mr. Labriola said. “As chairman of the Greenwich RTC, a member of the State Central Committee, and an integral part of numerous statewide and local campaigns, Ed Dadakis has devoted his life to forwarding the Republican Party and electing Republican candidates.”

The dinner will be highlighted by a speech by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, whose grandfather, former Connecticut senator Prescott Bush is who the award is named after. Mr. Bush, the brother of President George W. Bush and son of President George H.W. Bush, is considered a possible contender for the 2016 Republican nomination for president but no announcement about a candidacy has been made yet.

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