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Romano swings and misses… again

In a Connecticut Post article this morning, the Connecticut GOP’s new Tea Party-affiliated Chairman, J.R. Romano, took a highly misleading shot at Governor Malloy… and inadvertently hit his own party’s leader in the senate.

In the context of attacking Governor Malloy for celebrating the passage of Second Chance Society legislation – a new law that will make our cities significantly safer – Romano said:

“As long as we recognize that Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and New London consistently appear in the nation’s top-100 most violent cities list, and while Dan Malloy celebrates, families in those communities are no safer,” said J.R. Romano, the state GOP’s newly-elected chairman.

Unfortunately for Romano, he seems to have forgotten that Sen. Len Fasano, the Senate Minority Leader, played a key role in the bill’s passage and even attended the bill signing with Governor Malloy.

Romano also neglected to mention that under Governor Malloy’s leadership, Connecticut’s crime rates are at a 48 year low. And just yesterday, it was announcedthat new arrests have dropped 9.2 percent and the overall inmate population has dropped 3.2 percent in the past year. The evidence is clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer.

“Another day, another deliberately misleading statement from J.R. Romano. This has become a pattern. And this time, not only is he wrong, but he attacked his own party’s leadership. The numbers are clear: Connecticut’s communities are getting safer every year. But the Chairman is throwing facts out the window and trying to score cheap political points. Distorting the truth must have been what he meant when he said that Republicans need to do a better job of spreading their message.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Leigh Appleby

GOP identity crisis: Romano is just plain wrong

In Sunday’s Hartford Courant, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano attacked Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes for their personal success – trying to make the point that Republicans somehow better understand the plight of the middle class. At the same time, he criticized Democrats for policies that lift people out of poverty and into the middle class, including paid sick time and the minimum wage.

“That’s the greatest irony of the Democratic Party,” said J.R. Romano, the chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party. “Rosa DeLauro is not alone. Jim Himes is extremely wealthy, Richard Blumenthal is extremely wealthy. These are not people who sit around their kitchen tables and worry about how they’re going to pay their electric bills.”

Romano said the populist policies championed by DeLauro, such as paid sick leave for employees and a higher minimum wage, will harm middle-class families. “There’s a disconnect in how these policies are impacting the economy,” he said. “We’re seeing it play out in Connecticut under Dan Malloy.”


You heard that right, the Chairman of the party of Linda McMahon and Tom Foley is actually trying to argue that Republicans best understand the concerns of middle class families.

“J.R. Romano is trying to pitch himself as blue-collar politician who understands the challenges of working families. Yet he thinks it’s fair for workers in Derby to earn a substandard wage or for mothers to fear for their jobs if they are too sick to work.

“Chairman Romano should cut back on the stale right-wing talking points and keep searching for what party he is leading, because – as we saw with Linda McMahon and Tom Foley – Connecticut voters understand that Republican policies would hurt the middle class and working families.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Communications Director Leigh Appleby

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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