GOP hopefuls to appear on Marty Heiser Show Thursday night

At least seven Republican gubernatorial hopefuls are confirmed to appear this Thursday night on the Marty Heiser Show, the Comcast cable television public access broadcast hosted by the former Ridgefield Board of Finance member.

Candidates who’ve confirmed their intention to appear on the Jan. 25 show include Joe Visconti, Prasad Srinivasan, Dave Walker, Steve Obsitnik, Toni Boucher, Peter Lumaj, and Peter Thalheim, according to Heiser.

And there may be more GOP hopefuls in the broadcast as well.

“I have spoken with many of the other candidates, and only Mark Boughton and Mark Lauretti have scheduling conflicts that they are trying to work around,” Heiser said Tuesday, Jan. 23.

As a longtime Republican Town Committee member and former GOP elected official in Ridgefield, Heiser has recruited three local news people to question the candidates: reporter Macklin Reid of The Ridgefield Press, Danbury News Times managing editor Jean Dubail, and political commentator Al Robinson of the Hat City blog.

Other questions will be taken from live call-ins at 203-438-2003, text messages to 914-490-4980, and recorded “man on the street interviews” or emails to

“This format allows for a lively environment with maximum exchanges between candidates, constituents/voters and the press,” Heiser said.

The live broadcast is Thursday night, Jan. 25, from 8 to 10 on Channel 23, available in Ridgefield to Comcast cable customers.

The show will be rebroadcast on several Connecticut cable services from Friday, Jan. 26, to Tuesday, Jan. 30. Broadcasts are planned on Cablevision Channel 88 throughout lower Fairfield County out of Norwalk (Friday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.); Charter Communications CTV 192 out of Newtown (Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.); Cox Communications Channel 15 and Frontier Channel 99 out of Cheshire (Tuesday at 10 p.m.); and Soundview Media Channel 88 and 77 out of Bridgeport (Tuesday at 9 p.m.).  

“Check local listings for time and dates, as they sometimes change,” Heiser said.