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J.R. Romano needs a personal fact checker

SHOT: According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut GOP Chairman claimed that “the GOP in Connecticut had registered more new voters during the presidential primaries than the Democrats.”

CHASER: In reality, Connecticut Democrats added more than twice as many new voters than Republicans (41,674 to 19,159) from January – April 2016.

From the Secretary of the State’s office in April:

Democratic: 41,674
Republican: 19,159
Unaffiliated: 24,931
Total: 87,085 (including “minor parties”)

Democratic: 16,522
Republican: 7,355
Unaffiliated: 8,506
Total: 32,835 (including “minor parties”)

CT Dems’ Reaction: “We’ve always known that J.R. Romano has a hostile relationship with the truth. This is just another example of the chairman getting caught in a blatant lie. It’s no surprise that, with serial liar Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, Connecticut Republicans would adopt his blatantly dishonest tactics. As we have said throughout this election, we expect the Connecticut Republicans who continue to stand by Donald Trump to be held accountable by the voters onNovember 8.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Trump Won’t Accept The Result Of The Election. Will Connecticut Republicans?

In tonight’s presidential debate, Donald Trump refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election.

“This is absolutely unacceptable. This democracy is built on the peaceful transfer of power, but, for the first time in modern history, a presidential candidate has refused to accept the will of the voters. Will Connecticut Republicans – who have defended Donald Trump throughout his despicable campaign – continue to stand by their nominee as he walks all over theConstitution? This should be disqualifying, and Trump’s Connecticut GOP supporters and the candidates running on his ticket this fall need to be held accountable for these statements.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

What Does the Connecticut Republican Party Stand For?

With 22 days left until November 8, even Chris Powell, a longtime critic of Democrats, is asking what exactly Republicans plan to do should they take control of the General Assembly next year.

“Elections should be contests of ideas, focused on policies that the candidates would use to build on the progress made in recent years. Unfortunately, as Chris Powell points out, Republicans in our state refuse to provide any proposals and make every effort to distort or disregard facts. When a party based solely on opposition takes control, the result is the gridlock and dysfunction that has become the trademark of the national GOP. It becomes clearer by the day that, although Connecticut Republicans may distance themselves from Donald Trump’s bad press, their national counterparts remain the best guide for how they would govern.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Chris Powell: Republicans aren’t running on issues in campaign for General Assembly

While Connecticut is in desperate circumstances, you wouldn’t know it from the campaign, such as it is, for the General Assembly.

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SHOT/CHASER: No Free Pass For Fasano

SHOT:  “I am not endorsing him or being anywhere around him. I don’t have to defend him. My silence doesn’t mean acquiescence. I don’t support him. My position is clear. But I don’t have to answer for anything he says,” Senate Majority Leader Len Fasano said, according to the Connecticut Mirror.
CHASER: It wasn’t long ago that Fasano was singing a very different tune.

“In terms of the language that’s being used by Donald Trump to talk about politics and government, he’s a cathartic voice. So those voters are rewarding him for speaking for them because their voices have been muted by our system that we have of political correctness,” Fasano said after Connecticut’s primary.

CT Dems’ Reaction: “We understand where Len Fasano is coming from. He must be in panic mode trying to distance himself and his members from Donald Trump’s despicable campaign. Unfortunately for him, however, as the leader of the Senate GOP caucus, he is the voice of Senate Republicans, and he does have to answer for his party’s nominee. Whether a public official puts party first and stand by Donald Trump after these disgusting revelations or stands on the side of sanity speaks volumes about their character. It’s time for Len Fasano and the members of his caucus to make their feelings on Donald Trump clear.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

The same goes for House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, who must still be “reassessing” her support for Trump.