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CT Dems announce delegate application

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic Party today launched an online Democratic National Convention delegate application. All registered Democrats in Connecticut who wish to serve as delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia are required to apply. Delegates will play a key role as the Democratic Party comes together to nominate candidates for President and Vice President.

The application is available at
“Our party is strongest when the voices of all communities are heard, so it is my goal to have a Convention delegation that is as diverse as our state,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “I encourage Democrats from all corners of the state and across the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum to apply. A strong delegation will represent our state well as we nominate our national candidates, set a party platform, and pave the way for a robust grassroots effort to achieve our electoral goals in 2016.”
The deadline for online applications is May 2, 2016 for district-level delegates.

CT Dems statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied the values for which Democrats fight: Social justice, equality, and a compassionate society. At a time of political and social division in our nation, Dr. King’s message of love and unity is as important as ever. At a time when the right to vote is under attack from some, we must stand together to make it easier – not harder – for all citizens to make their voices heard. That is what our elected leaders in Connecticut are fighting for, and we hope that others around the nation will join that cause. I hope that his words and his actions can inspire all of us – on both sides of the political aisle – to work toward a more just world.”

CT Dems react to GOP straw poll results

Hartford, Ct. – Last night, the Connecticut Republican Party held its quadrennial straw poll. And as expected, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump handily won. The Connecticut Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Donald Trump‘s resounding victory in the GOP straw poll proves once again that Trump‘s racist, xenophobic views – once the right-wing fringe of the party – now represent the mainstream of the Connecticut Republican Party. Let me be very clear: Trump‘s proposals – including his ‘ban on Muslims’ – are not only unconstitutional, they are un-American. 

“Despite J.R. Romano’s past actions, his party is clearly calling out for leadership, and he can no longer hide. These were party activists and donors who attended to the straw poll. Despite the fact that he tried to hide the result by claiming that the results weren’t ‘scientific,’ party insiders whom Romano attracted to the straw poll voted overwhelmingly to back Trump and his racist, xenophobic platform.” – CT Dems spokesman Leigh Appleby

CT Dems respond to President Obama’s final State of the Union

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address:

Tonight was President Obama’s final State of the Union address, and it is clear that the Country as a whole is far stronger than it was when he first took office. On everything, from human rights to record numbers of jobs to dropping uninsured rates, the state of our union is strong.
“The President’s honoring of Governor Malloy with an invitation proved once again that whether it is our commitment to raising the minimum wage, having the most successful Affordable Care Act exchange, implementation of paid sick leave, or enacting gun laws that have made our citizens safer, Connecticut continues to lead the way.

“We should be proud of the progress under President Obama’s leadership and hopeful for a better tomorrow. But if we want the progress to continue, we need to elect a Democratic president to follow in his footsteps. We need to make sure Connecticut continues to have a strong voice in Congress by re-electing Dick Blumenthal and the entire congressional delegation. And Democrats here at home need to stand together to fight for the Democratic values that make Connecticut strong.”