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Wednesday, December 12 Local

Governor candidate uses “Star Wars” premiere to cash in at box office

Let the saber-rattling - lightsabers that is - begin between governor’s race nemeses.

Looking to capitalize off the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which makes its much-anticipated big screen debut Friday, Democrat Dan Drew is renting out a theater in Middletown as a fundraiser for his gubernatorial campaign.

There are four tiers of tickets: $15 (Padawan), $50 (Droid), $75 (Wookiee) and $100 (Jedi). The top two include popcorn, a drink and candy.

Drew, who is Middletown’s mayor, won’t be dressing up.

“I used to have a Darth Vader costume,” he said.

So, what would happen if one of his rivals showed up for movie night outfitted as a storm trooper, say Republican Tim Herbst?

“Tim couldn’t pull off a storm trooper,” Drew said. “Maybe one of the broken droids, but that’s about it.”

The animosity between Drew and Herbst, who are both 37 years old and were in diapers when “The Empire Strikes Back” premiered in 1980, runs deep. They have frequently sparred over the direction of the state and each other’s leadership of their respective municipalities. Herbst served as Trumbull’s first selectman for the past eight years.

“Dan Drew should accompany me to one of my CrossFit classes because he would probably be out of breath simply turning on his lightsaber,” Herbst said. “ ‘Jedi he is not ,’ to quote Yoda. He needs some more Jedi training before he can become governor.”

The coming attractions could be as entertaining as the movie in this governor’s race.

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