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CHAIRMAN BALLETTO’S STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SPECIAL ELECTIONS

CHAIRMAN BALLETTO’S STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SPECIAL ELECTIONS

Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement this evening on today’s special elections:

“Tonight was another good night for the Democratic Party. With these results we add two more Democratic voices to the General Assembly from Bridgeport.  I know Steve Stafstrom and Ed Gomes will represent their constituents well in Hartford. They join our Democratic majorities in continuing Connecticut’s progress made over the last four years and debating important issues such as transforming our transportation system.  I wish them the best of luck as they take on this important responsibility.  I also commend Howard Lasser on a hard fought battle in a tough district. We are grateful that Howard stepped up as a candidate to campaign on our Democratic values.”

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DO SENATE REPUBLICANS REALLY BELIEVE THIS…IN CONNECTICUT

DO SENATE REPUBLICANS REALLY BELIEVE THIS…IN CONNECTICUT

This is a shocking statement from Chris Healy the public face of the Senate Republican Caucus.

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Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell asks the following questions of Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano:

  •     Does Senator Fasano believe what his advisor posted this evening?
  •     Does he really believe this about the President of the United States?
  •     Is this what Senator Fasano’s caucus believes?

We look forward to hearing from Senator Fasano about his reaction to this statement from his senior aide.

Healy, Recently Connected To Rowland Scandal, Gets GOP Senate Staff Job For $82,000 A Year. “Chris Healy, a former Republican state chairman who became embroiled in the federal investigation that led to former Gov. John G. Rowland’s September conviction on campaign conspiracy charges, was named as communications and policy analyst Tuesday for the state Senate Republican caucus.” [Hartford Courant, 12/30/14]

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-healy-lands-senate-gop-job-1231-20141230-story.html

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ICYMI – LEN FASANO: I WANT TO CUT PLOWS AND SALT

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LEN FASANO: I WANT TO CUT PLOWS AND SALT

Hartford, CT – Want to know what Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano wants to cut? Plows and salt. That’s right, just before this week’s storm hit, he suggested that we slash the very dollars that allow state government to get Connecticut back up and running in severe weather. It seems to be the only idea he’s put forward – and we can all agree, it’s not a good one.

Talking to NBC Connecticut, Senator Fasano said:

“We haven’t had a lot of snow, right? Maybe there’s some plow money, some snow removal money we can move over, sand that we can move over, that we’re not going to spend.”

That clip can be found here: http://youtu.be/VLWolKDBhno

Is this the best the GOP can do? It seems so.

“It’s remarkable. Senator Fasano thinks cutting plow, sand, and salt dollars – the very things that helped get our state back up and running after this extraordinary storm – should be slashed. So far, zero ideas have come out of the GOP, except this one – and it’s not good. Because they’re not serious,” Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell said. “Cutting snow plow and salt money is the best Senator Fasano can come up with? Wow.”

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CONNECTICUT DEMS ELECT NEW PARTY LEADERSHIP FOR 2015-2016 ELECTION CYCLE

Hartford, CT – The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) – the governing body of the Connecticut Democratic Party – elected its new leadership tonight in a meeting at Party headquarters in Hartford.

Nick Balletto (Guilford), who currently serves as vice chair, will assume the role of chair on February 1. Nancy DiNardo (Trumbull) who has served as chairwoman of the Party for the last 10 years will then assume the role of vice chair.

“I am honored to be elected as the next chair of the DSCC and am excited to help build on the successes Connecticut Democrats have achieved in recent years,” stated Balletto. “I’m grateful to the Governor, Lt. Governor, our statewide Democratic leaders, and the DSCC for their confidence and look forward to working closely with them over the next two years.”

Balletto, who has served as vice chair since 2011, is a tax accountant with Balletto, Shariff & Associates in New Haven. He was a Democratic town committee chair of New Haven from 1996 to 2002 and a former member of the New Haven Board of Alderman from 1988 to 1989. He received his M.B.A. from Sacred Heart University and a B.S. from the University of New Haven. Balletto also serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC) which advocates for Democrats across the country.

“I am proud of the gains we have made as Democrats both electorally and in public policy over the last decade, and look forward to working the Nick to continue these successes,” stated DiNardo. DiNardo was the first woman to be elected as chair in the history of the Connecticut Democratic Party. She was an educator in the Bridgeport school system for 30 years. She was also a Democratic town committee chair in Trumbull from 1983 to 2013 and former town councilwoman in Trumbull from 1971 to 1975. DiNardo also serves as chair of the Eastern Regional Caucus of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the DNC. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Joshua Hall (Hartford) was also elected as treasurer of the DSCC and Barbara Gordon (West Hartford) will resume the role of secretary for the next term.

“This is a Party that is poised to continue to play a role electorally as well as in advocating for our democratic ideals on the local, state, and federal levels,” added Michael Mandell, CDP’s Executive Director. “As this new slate of leaders takes office on February 1 and serves through the 2015-2016 election cycle, I am confident they will be successful in partnering with municipal races this fall, and the presidential, congressional and general assembly races next year.”

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