Three leading Democrats in Milford announced their support for incumbent Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on the same day that Milford Alderman Bryan Anderson made public his intentions to challenge DeLauro in a primary.

Democratic Town Committee Chairman Rich Smith, Mayor Ben Blake and State Sen. Gayle Slossberg pledged their allegiance to DeLauro in a statement to the area media Tuesday afternoon.

“I respect Bryan for the good work he has done for the 5th District on the Board of Aldermen,” Smith wrote. “In light of that, we recently nominated him to seek another term. Yet, this announcement leaves all of us, including voters, confused; why he’s asking for their vote for aldermen when he’s running for Congress?

“Bryan is running against Rosa DeLauro,” Smith continued. “Rosa has been, and continues to be, a loyal and tireless supporter of all of us here in Milford.”

Mayor Blake said DeLauro has been an ally to his administration, adding, “I would hope Bryan would reset his sights on running, winning, and serving on our Board of Aldermen where he can make a positive difference.”

Slossberg said DeLauro has been effective and persistent in her role.

“Rosa is a tireless advocate for our neighbors, our friends and our families. Whenever we have needed her, she has been there fighting for us,” Slossberg said. “Rosa allows us to know that whatever legislation might come before Congress, her vote will always reflect her genuine concern for the people of her district and, more broadly, the people in this country that are too often not heard.”

Following is the full text of the comments that Smith, Blake and Slossberg issued:

Richard Smith: DTC Chairman:

I respect Bryan for the good work he has done for the 5th District on the Board of Aldermen. In light of that, we recently nominated him to seek another term. Yet, this announcement leaves all of us, including voters, confused; why he’s asking for their vote for Aldermen when he’s running for Congress?

Bryan is running against Rosa DeLauro. Rosa has been, and continues to be, a loyal and tireless supporter of all of us here in Milford. She has always been there for us when we called her, spent countless hours at local events and meetings. She has always been an advocate for the ideals and principles of the working and middle class, defending families, children, the elderly, the environment, women, and jobs. Her work has earned her well-deserved support, winning with huge majorities, and drawing votes from across the aisle. She has earned the trust and support of people across our city.

Mayor Blake:

There's no better friend of Milford than Rosa DeLauro. During tragedies and disasters, she's here with a steady hand and a tireless work ethic bringing comfort and support to those in need. At all times, she's advocating on our behalf of our city - helping our residents through the red-tape that is the federal government. If you're lucky enough to have Rosa in your corner, you're lucky enough. She has been an ally not only of my administration but of prior administrations as well. She is one of the more effective members of Congress and we are fortunate to have her representing our city.

I would hope Bryan would reset his sights on running, winning, and serving on our Board of Aldermen where he can make a positive difference.

State Senator Slossberg:

Rosa is a tireless advocate for our neighbors, our friends, and our families. Whenever we have needed her, she has been there fighting for us. Rosa allows us to know that whatever legislation might come before Congress, her vote will always reflect her genuine concern for the people of her district and, more broadly, the people in this country that are too often not heard. I am proud to call her my Congresswoman. She is effective and persistent and a true champion for all people. She has my 100% support as our Congresswoman and I look forward to her continued service in Congress. I agree with Mayor Blake and hope that Bryan will decide to instead focus on continuing the good work he has done on our Board of Aldermen.