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Romano has questions to answer on his first weekend as GOP Chairman

This weekend, J.R. Romano will make his debut as the public face of the Connecticut Republican Party, and we wish him the best. In his first days since taking office, Romano has often talked about the need for the Connecticut GOP to do a better job telling its story. We agree and have the following questions:

  1. This was a great day in Connecticut and around the country as we learned of the historic SCOTUS decision recognizing marriage equality, but only Democrats are quoted in media reports. We think its time to hear from the Republican party. Where will the Connecticut Republican Party stand? Will it continue to ally with groups like the Family Institute of Connecticut in opposing same sex marriage or stand with all those celebrating quality?
  2. Florida Governor Rick Scott attended a roundtable this morning hosted by former congressional candidate Steve Obsitnik to recruit Connecticut companies to relocate to Florida. One Republican Senate leader – State Senator Toni Boucher – attended the meeting without a second thought. Does the Connecticut GOP really believe that rather than trying to help make our state a better place, our elected officials should be helping Republican governors from other states actively push employers out of state?

“It’s only been a couple of days, but it looks to me like J.R. Romano’s idea of doing a ‘better job’ of telling the Republican story may well be the same old state Republican talking points.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

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Monday June 29, 2015
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd #400
Hartford, CT 06103
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Reception: 5:45 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
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CT Dems Statement on Christie Fundraiser in New Haven

New Haven, Ct. –  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is back on tour, leaving New Jersey for a fundraiser tonight in New Haven. The event, dubbed An evening of Cigars, Cocktails and Politics – which last year featured a protest from gun rights groups – is co-hosted by RNC member and State Rep. John Frey, perhaps signifying a rift within the Connecticut GOP.

“Another year, another mark of division within the Connecticut GOP ranks. Last year, it was a contest of which candidate could move furthest to the right. This year, the story is repeating itself in the GOP presidential primary. Let me be very clear: Every one of the Republican presidential candidates would favor the wealthiest individuals and corporations over the needs of working Connecticut families.

“Chris Christie’s tenure as Governor has been an unmitigated disaster. Under his watch, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded a record nine times and serious questions remain about the Bridgegate scandal. New Jersey has had it with Chris Christie, where 69% of voters think he would be a bad president.

“In Connecticut, it should say enough that twice failed gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley – who is eyeing yet another run for Governor- is a high-profile Christie bundler. Their shared prioritization of corporations and the wealthiest Americans over the middle class rings hollow in Connecticut and won’t work in the rest of the country either.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Visconti leads anti-budget phone campaign, screws it up

Former Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti is the ringleader behind right-wing calls to the Governor’s office and legislative Democrats. In a video posted to YouTube today, Visconti taped – potentially illegally – calls with both the Office of the Governor and Senate Democrats.

“Joe Visconti – you know, the guy who rode his horse to the Governor’s Residence to protest gun control legislation and released a campaign ad featuring him carrying a concealed handgun – and his faction of extreme right-wing Republicans are behind the phone call campaign to derail a transformational budget that makes historic investments in Connecticut’s transportation system. It’s not surprising that Visconti, who dropped out of the Governor’s race just three days before the election in a publicity stunt, would lead the charge against common sense.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Visconti is reported to be considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2016.

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