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VERY BAD: Clay Cope Doesn’t Know That Al Qaeda Uses Internet Loophole As Recruitment Tool

In an awkward interview with Fox 61’s Al Terzi, Congressional candidate Clay Cope showed once again that he is woefully unprepared to serve in Congress by disputing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s assertion that Al Qaeda is using the internet loophole to recruit potential terrorists. “I don’t know if that was based in any kind of fact,” Cope said.



In fact, it is well-documented that Al Qaeda does indeed use the internet loophole and the United States’ weak background check laws to recruit lone-wolf terrorists.

As Business Insider reported in 2011:

“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” American-born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn said in a video. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”

This is a incredible lack of knowledge from a Congressional candidate who claims to be tough on security. Just as frightening, however, is Cope’s utter refusal to accept even the most commonsense proposals like universal background checks and closing the internet loophole and claims that the United States should not take up new gun safety laws because “[g]un control in Connecticut has been resolved.”

“Clay Cope’s ignorance is astounding. It has been well known and well documented for years that Al Qaeda is using our weak gun laws for recruitment, yet Cope appeared to learn about it for the first time on a television show. This is unacceptable for anyone who wants to serve in Congress, particularly someone who has positioned himself as tough on security issues. Cope has made it crystal clear that he would put the NRA’s interests over the well-being of his constituents.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Democrats Build Momentum Heading Into Election Season

Hartford, Ct. – On Saturday more than 100 Democratic activists from all corners of Connecticut convened in Hartford to participate in an all-day grassroots training. Focused on building the on-the-ground resources necessary for Democrats to compete – and win – this November, the training brought together people from all backgrounds with the common goal of electing Democrats this year.

“Our job is to make sure the Connecticut Republicans – who continue to overwhelmingly support Donald Trump – are soundly defeated this November,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto in his opening remarks. “That’s why we need to work harder than ever, making phone calls, knocking on doors, and having the face-to-face, voter-to-voter conversations that Democrats do so well. While Republicans continue to blur the line between their official offices and their campaigns and continue to seek every public opportunity to root for failure, Democrats are doubling down on what our party does best: building a world-class grassroots organization in order to to be victorious on November 8.”

Training sessions included messaging and communications strategies, writing a field plan, social media, voter protection, phonebanking and canvassing, and Election Day registration among many other important topics – with a specific goal of building a robust grassroots organization to elect Democrats up and down the ticket this fall.

The below photos are from Saturday’s event:

Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto makes opening remarks.

Attendees listen to a panel discussion during lunch time.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin addresses a training session on the importance of grassroots campaigning.

Governor Dan Malloy and Connecticut Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo speak with an attendee.

 House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz addresses attendees.

Volunteers discuss best practices for knocking doors and making calls.

As Democratic Mayors Blast Senate GOP, CT Dems Question House Republicans

Hartford, Ct. – Following a Connecticut Coalition of Democratic Mayors press conference highlighting the Connecticut Senate GOP’s record of blurring the lines between their official offices and their campaigns, the Connecticut Democratic Party is calling out GOP leader Themis Klarides and House Republicans for similarly using their government office to elect Republicans instead of fighting for their constituents.
Yesterday Klarides put out a press release from her government office accusing Democrats of talking about the presidential race because “they can’t run on their own record this fall”. This wasn’t meant to help her constituents or move the state forward, but rather to help members of her caucus in the upcoming elections.
It is far from her first foray into using official resources for campaign purposes. She has routinely used her office to root for Connecticut’s failure and score cheap political points.
Klarides’s July 28 press release, for instance, attacked Democrats without offering solutions and made a direct solicitation to voters:
“So pay attention to those mailers you receive this fall in your mailbox from politicians looking for your vote for state House or Senate, or those candidates that arrive at your door. You might ask them how they voted on recent budgets or how they might finally fix Connecticut’s finances so that we can grow jobs and spur economic development. The two largest tax increases in state history have left us with massive deficits. You might ask these candidates if they are willing to go down that road again.” – Themis Klarides, July 28
These are just two examples of House Republicans – like their Senate counterparts – blurring or crossing the line between government business and political activities. 

“We expect our elected officials to work on behalf of their constituents, not just in their own narrow political interests. Yet, Themis Klarides is putting politics first and using taxpayer resources to elect GOP candidates. Simply put, using tax dollars to support a campaign is a violation of the public trust.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Potential CT GOP Candidate McCaughey Says Muslims Are Rapists, Defends Trump’s Muslim Ban

Betsy McCaughey, a former New York lieutenant governor who is often mentioned in Connecticut GOP circles as a potential future candidate, hit the airwaves this morning. In a bizarre appearance on CNN’s New Day, she argued that Muslim immigrants are rapists and called Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims “prudent.”

The Connecticut Republican Party embraced McCaughey, allowing her to speak to the Connecticut delegation at the Republican National Convention. Will J.R. Romano and the Connecticut GOP continue to stand by McCaughey after her display of outright bigotry on national television?


“If you think Donald Trump is the only Republican spreading racism, hatred, and fear, you’re sorely mistaken. Trumpism extends well into the Connecticut Republican Party and to GOP candidates up and down the ticket. Connecticut residents deserve better than the bigoted rhetoric and regressive policies of Trump Republicans.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby