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  GOP Chief Healy, A Recovering Alcoholic, Says He Had Relapse And Has Resumed Counseling
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Last EditedMadViking  Jun 13, 2007 02:16pm
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News DateWednesday, June 13, 2007 08:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican State Chairman Chris Healy informed the GOP's state central committee at a special meeting Monday night that he has pleaded no contest to a drunken-driving charge in South Carolina.

Healy, 49, an alcoholic who has followed a program of counseling and support since a conviction five years ago, said Tuesday he was embarrassed and disappointed by his lapse.

One of the committee members at the meeting, Scott Guilmartin of Suffield, said the panel was supportive of Healy, who was named chairman in January and is up for re-election on June 26.

"I think the people who were there recognize that Chris is fighting a disease, and it's a disease that afflicts many people and many families in Connecticut and in the country," Guilmartin said. "We strongly encourage Chris to continue to take those steps that he needs to deal with it."
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