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CT Dems statement on the passing of former Sen. Eileen Daily

CT Dems statement on the passing of former Sen. Eileen Daily

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nick Balletto and Vice Chair Nancy DiNardo released the following statements:

“Eileen Daily was a dedicated and passionate public servant – first in local office, then in the State Senate,” said Chairman Balletto. “She always stood by her principles and fought for her constituents, but she did it with grace and was widely respected on both sides of the aisle. Eileen embodied the best of the Democratic Party, and I send my condolences to her family and friends.”

“I knew Eileen for many years,” said Vice Chairwoman DiNardo. “Throughout her career in public service, she fought tenaciously for her community. And with that same vigor, she fought cancer heroically. But most importantly to me, she was always a good friend, and I will miss her.”

CT Dems statement on the 50th anniversary of Medicare

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“For 50 years, Medicare has allowed seniors to retire with dignity and receive the health care they need. I am proud that every member of our Democratic congressional delegation has fought tirelessly to preserve Medicare for current retirees and future generations. But make no mistake: Medicare is under attack from the Republican Party. Jeb Bush – a leading candidate for president – wants to ‘phase out’ Medicare. And he’s hardly alone. There is no doubt in my mind that each and every 2016 GOP presidential candidate would take proactive steps to dismantle Medicare.
“On the 50th anniversary of Medicare, it is more important than ever to strengthen this essential program. That’s why it’s critical that we elect a Democratic president, and re-elect Senator Blumenthal and our Democratic congressional delegation. The alternative could truly mean and end to Medicare as we know it.”

Romano swings and misses… again

In a Connecticut Post article this morning, the Connecticut GOP’s new Tea Party-affiliated Chairman, J.R. Romano, took a highly misleading shot at Governor Malloy… and inadvertently hit his own party’s leader in the senate.

In the context of attacking Governor Malloy for celebrating the passage of Second Chance Society legislation – a new law that will make our cities significantly safer – Romano said:

“As long as we recognize that Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and New London consistently appear in the nation’s top-100 most violent cities list, and while Dan Malloy celebrates, families in those communities are no safer,” said J.R. Romano, the state GOP’s newly-elected chairman.

Unfortunately for Romano, he seems to have forgotten that Sen. Len Fasano, the Senate Minority Leader, played a key role in the bill’s passage and even attended the bill signing with Governor Malloy.

Romano also neglected to mention that under Governor Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut’s crime rates are at a 48 year low. And just yesterday, it was announcedthat new arrests have dropped 9.2 percent and the overall inmate population has dropped 3.2 percent in the past year. The evidence is clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer.

“Another day, another deliberately misleading statement from J.R. Romano. This has become a pattern. And this time, not only is he wrong, but he attacked his own party’s leadership. The numbers are clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer every year. But the Chairman is throwing facts out the window and trying to score cheap political points. Distorting the truth must have been what he meant when he said that Republicans need to do a better job of spreading their message.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Leigh Appleby

GOP identity crisis: Romano is just plain wrong

In Sunday’s Hartford Courant, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes for their personal success – trying to make the point that Republicans somehow better understand the plight of the middle class. At the same time, he criticized Democrats for policies that lift people out of poverty and into the middle class, including paid sick time and the minimum wage.

“That’s the greatest irony of the Democratic Party,” said J.R. Romano, the chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party. “Rosa DeLauro is not alone. Jim Himes is extremely wealthy, Richard Blumenthal is extremely wealthy. These are not people who sit around their kitchen tables and worry about how they’re going to pay their electric bills.”

Romano said the populist policies championed by DeLauro, such as paid sick leave for employees and a higher minimum wage, will harm middle-class families. “There’s a disconnect in how these policies are impacting the economy,” he said. “We’re seeing it play out in Connecticut under Dan Malloy.”


You heard that right, the Chairman of the party of Linda McMahon and Tom Foley is actually trying to argue that Republicans best understand the concerns of middle class families.

“J.R. Romano is trying to pitch himself as blue-collar politician who understands the challenges of working families. Yet he thinks it’s fair for workers in Derby to earn a substandard wage or for mothers to fear for their jobs if they are too sick to work.

“Chairman Romano should cut back on the stale right-wing talking points and keep searching for what party he is leading, because – as we saw with Linda McMahon and Tom Foley – Connecticut voters understand that Republican policies would hurt the middle class and working families.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Leigh Appleby