Ward to be GOP auditor

Republicans have settled on Bob Ward, the DMV commissioner and former House minority leader, as the next Republican state auditor, political sources say.

He would succeed Robert Jaekle, a former House GOP leader.

On the Democratic side, speculation is focused on Rep. John Geragosian of New Britain, but it was unclear Monday if a decision has been made.

Connecticut has an unusual auditor’s system. Two political appointees of legislative leaders, a Democrat and a Republican, oversee a staff of professional auditors.

Jaekle and former Sen. Kevin Johnston, a Democrat, each are retiring as soon as successors are named.

Former state Rep. Robert Heagney of Simsbury and David Cappiello, a former state senator who managed Linda McMahon’s campaign, each were vying for the GOP auditor’s post.

Cappiello recently took a job with a non-profit agency.  House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, has told Heagney the job will be going to Ward.

“It’s a done deal,” one Republican said.