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Updated: Casha: Loss 'Doesn't Mean Show's Over' [PHOTOS]

Larry Casha thanked supporters at a Montville Area Tea Party meeting.

Lawrence "Larry" Casha, a former councilman who founded the law firm in Montville, thanked supporters at a Montville Area Tea Party meeting held Thursday at the .

Casha thanked those who he said worked hard to get him elected at a special GOP convention this week to fill the District 26 Assembly seat that was vacated with the death of Assembly minority leader Alex DeCroce.

Casha said that even though it didn't work out the way his supporters hoped—DeCroce's widow Betty Lou DeCroce —that "doesn't mean the show's over."

In an interview Friday, Casha said he's dealing with the loss and not currently thinking about running in any future elections.

Correction: An earlier version of this story ended, "Casha has said he might run in the general election." That was based on another report that said he may run in the Republican primary. Casha said Friday it's not something he's currently thinking about. The term "general election" was used in error.

Larry Casha January 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
With all due respect, this is a complete fabrication. There was never any discussion of my running in a general election or a primary. I thanked people for their help and spoke only of the county committee process. Larry Casha
Jake Remaly January 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I never heard you discuss running in any future races on Thursday. When I wrote, "Casha has said he might run in the general election," the "has" was meant to show it was said previously, not at the Tea Party meeting. I based that on an earlier report from the Wednesday convention ( http://patch.com/A-qzhL ): "Casha, the founder of the law firm Casha & Casha on Horseneck Road in Montville, might run against Webber in the future, but would only commit to getting a good night's sleep Wednesday." I read that to mean the possibility of you running in future elections exists, nothing more than that. I am happy to discuss the coverage further and any concerns with it. Sincere thanks for the comment. -Jake Remaly
Robert Lawrence January 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM
From the photos, it looks like a more accurate description is: "Larry Casha Speaks to a Room Full of Empty Chairs"
Jake Remaly January 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Just talked with Mr. Casha and updated the story with following info In an interview Friday, Casha said he's dealing with the loss and not currently thinking about running in any future elections. Correction: An earlier version of this story ended, "Casha has said he might run in the general election." That was based on another report that said he may run in the Republican primary. Casha said Friday it's not something he's currently thinking about. The term "general election" was used in error.
conservativeGOPMax January 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Larry Casha's ruling out a future run for office makes complete sense, since he'd lose in a landslide. It's already like three-strikes-and-you're-out for him, because Joe Pennacchio beat Casha 10 or 11 years ago, and then Jay Webber trounced Casha in a primary a few years ago, and now DeCroce knocked out Casha by a 2-1 margin. Three times over two decades, people have said overwhelmingly they don't want Casha in the Legislature. It's clear Casha needs to search for a different way to serve the public that doesn't depend on an election, or at least he needs to find a hobby.

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