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STATEMENT FROM NANCY DINARDO ON WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote:

“Almost a century ago today, women in America took a giant stride forward. The culmination of brave work by those who had long fought for progress, the 19th Amendment codified into law a simple, but elegant principle: gender shouldn’t determine voting status. Women deserve the same rights as men.

“While Republicans have sought to turn back the clock for women—be it on Hobby Lobby, health decisions, or otherwise—Democrats are still standing up for progress. Across Connecticut, Democrats are fighting to close the gender pay gap, defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions instead of her boss, and protect women from discrimination in the workplace. We’ve made progress, but there’s still more work to do.”

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BREAKING: Tom Foley would sign a repeal of our gun bill

Hartford, CT — We’ve known Tom Foley opposes Connecticut’s smart, strict gun law. We’ve known he’s called it an “inconvenience”, even as he is unable to enumerate specific parts of the law with which he disagrees. We’ve known that Tom Foley recently gave $1,000 to help the extremist Connecticut Citizens Defense League roll back our gun law.

The Vice President of the extreme gun group said last week that he knows Tom Foley’s positions. Yet, Connecticut voters do not. That’s because in public, Tom Foley has dodged even the most basic questions.

Yet, what we didn’t know is that Tom Foley seems to have made his positions clear behind closed doors to CCDL, promising to sign a repeal of our smart gun law to Scott Wilson, President of the right-wing group. According to the New Haven Register, “Wilson said Foley did say if the law was repealed, ‘despite how unlikely that is, he would sign it,’ if he was governor.”

While Tom Foley refuses to provide any specifics in public, what else did he promise to CCDL privately? Did he promise to oppose our ban on high-capacity magazines? Does he support background checks for gun purchasers? With so few public positions, what exactly has he promised the Connecticut Citizens Defense League behind closed doors?

“Tom Foley is soon going to stand shoulder to shoulder with the CCDL, which strongly opposes our smart, strict gun control law and has promised to fight day and night for repeal. If Tom Foley plans on giving CCDL the keys to the capitol, he should be clear on what he’s promised behind closed doors, because so far, he’s refused to say publicly whether he supports a ban on high-capacity magazines or what he specifically disagrees with in the law,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “If anything is clear, it’s that Mr. Foley seems content taking the endorsement of a far-right, extremist group intent on rolling back smart gun laws that are keeping our schools and communities safer. And Tom Foley would sign a repeal of those laws—and that would take Connecticut backwards.”

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REP. WILLIAM TONG STATEMENT ON TOM FOLEY’S POTENTIAL CCDL SUPPORT

“If voters want to know where Tom Foley would take us, they should look no further than his potential support from the CCDL.

“In the wake of an unthinkable tragedy, Governor Malloy stood up and delivered progress, passing the smartest gun law in the nation. Tom Foley, however, has run a campaign devoid of specifics. He’s unable to identify even a single specific provision in the law he disagrees with. He won’t tell us whether he supports a ban on high-capacity magazines or basic background checks, and he’s callously called the tragedy ‘something that happened several years ago’.

“Yet, he did make a $1,000 donation to the CCDL to support their efforts to roll back our law. It’s clear there is only one direction he would take our state – and that is backwards.

“The contrast this November could not be more clear. Governor Malloy stood up, had the courage to make the tough decisions, and made progress for our state. Tom Foley, however, would have done absolutely nothing to prevent another tragedy from occurring. Voters in November will face a choice: do we want a friend of the far-right CCDL turning back the clock on progress, or do we stand with Governor Malloy to move our state forward?

“I proudly stand with Governor Malloy on this issue – because he has made progress for Connecticut.”

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MARK GREENBERG WOULD CUT SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Hartford, CT – Mark Greenberg has opposed Social Security at every turn, calling it “a failure,” advocating raising the retirement age to 70, and even seeking ways to privatize it.

That’s why it was odd that his campaign recently decided to lie to voters by claiming that he wouldn’t cut benefits to seniors. The only problem is that Greenberg has spent years pandering to the far-right, Tea Party-extreme on the issue. Want proof that he’s lying?

Just goto thetapes.

“Mark Greenberg has pandered to the Tea Party extreme on almost every issue. On Social Security, his position couldn’t be more clear: benefits for seniors would be rolled back. He wants to slash funding, privatize the program, and turn back the clock on progress—and that’s unacceptable,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “Greenberg is so out of touch that he’s called Social Security a ‘failure’. If voters want evidence that he would take Connecticut backwards, look no further than that.”

Background:

Mark Greenberg called Social Security “a failure” and considers it a handout. During a town hall in Simsbury, Mark Greenberg said, “Social Security is a failure” [Simsbury Republican Town Committee, 2/3/10].

He considers Social Security a government handout, telling seniors who have earned these benefits after lifetimes of hard work to get “off the public dole” and instead, “rely on your own system of retirement, your self-retirement system and not the Social Security system.” [Meet Mark Greenberg iCaucus interview, 4:42, 4/08/10; Conservative Chat with Ameriborn News, 1:00, 7/27/10]

Instead, Mark Greenberg would privatize Social Security and cut benefits for seniors. Mark Greenberg supports privatizing Social Security [Mark Greenberg Town Hall, 7/23/12; Meet Mark Greenberg iCaucus interview, 4:30, 4/08/10].

He has consistently called for raising the Social Security retirement age to 70 [Interfaith Roundtable: Conversation with Candidate Mark Greenberg, 11:46, 6/4/13]

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