GREENWICH, Conn. — The executive committee of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee has withdrawn its support for Drew Marzullo, a candidate for selectman who was arrested last month on a shoplifting charge.
"The Greenwich Democratic Party believes elected officials must be held to the highest standards of integrity, honesty and transparency. The Executive Committee has concluded that Drew Marzullo’s actions over the past month have not measured up to these standards," said a statement released late Thursday.
"Accordingly, the Executive Committee has withdrawn its support for Drew Marzullo’s candidacy for selectman of the Town of Greenwich," the statement said.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Marzullo announced he was not withdrawing the November election, where he is seeking re-election for his fifth term on the Board of Selectmen.
Under state law, after the nomination process is complete, only the candidate has the right to remove his name from the ballot.
"Marzullo has served the town diligently and has been a voice for issues of concern to the Democratic Party," the statement said. "Members of the committee acknowledge that Drew is going through a very difficult time and feel for him and his family."
The Greenwich Democrats will continue to focus on the campaigns of Sandy Litvack for first selectman, Howard Richman for tax collector, and the rest of the Democratic slate, the statement said.
Marzullo, 46, was arrested Aug. 26 and charged with fifth-degree larceny. He is accused of stealing $486 in items from Skechers and $184 in merchandise from J. Crew at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Stores.
Marzullo was released on $5,000 bond for a Sept. 26 court appearance.
The news of Marzullo's arrest became known last week after it was reported by the Greenwich Time .
Marzullo, a Greenwich native, has served as selectman since 2009. He announced in spring that he exploring a run for lieutenant governor and has a website set up for that campaign.
He worked as a paramedic in Bridgeport and Greenwich for over two decades and served two terms as a member of the Representative Town Meeting in Greenwich.
He received his State of Connecticut Paramedic License in 1994, after attending Northeastern University and graduating from Greenwich High School.
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