After a night of drama about statements attributed to Penny Bacchiochi about David Walker making issue of her biracial marriage, Bacchiochi and Walker issued a joint statement Friday: She apologized; he accepted.

Bacchiochi and Walker are candidates for lieutenant governor.

Statement from Penny Bacchiochi: “I regret that this misunderstanding occurred and has taken the focus away from what is really important, electing a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Neither Dave Walker nor his campaign made any insensitive remarks toward me or my family. I apologize to Dave and his family. Dave and I have met and agreed to put this matter behind us, and to focus on the critical work of the convention.”

Statement from Dave Walker: “I accept Penny’s apology and I believe she issued it with all sincerity. I look forward to a healthy debate on the issues and our qualifications moving forward.”

CT GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola:  “I’m pleased that Penny and Dave have resolved this matter. Now we can move on to the reason we are all here this weekend, to nominate our candidates.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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