Connecticut Democratic Party Blog


Hartford, Ct. – Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell released the following statement.

For the past two weeks, Connecticut’s residents have demonstrated what it means to be active citizens in our democracy. They have risen up and gathered to protest the actions and values championed by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington D.C. Tens of thousands of Connecticut citizens have called their elected officials, shared stories of the pain inflicted by the Trump agenda, and shown up to rallies and demonstrations in record numbers.
Through it all, however, the Connecticut Republican Party and its elected officials locally and statewide have stood silent on the sidelines. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The Connecticut Republicans’ silence speaks volumes.
Make no mistake: Republican leaders in Hartford assert that they should be trusted to lead the General Assembly, but, when our most vulnerable citizens turn to the capital, they are hearing, with few exceptions, from Democrats. 
And then there are the Republicans exploring a run for governor. Their lack of engagement with or even empathy for those affected by these issues demonstrates their lack of leadership. As they “explore” what it means to be Connecticut’s Chief Executive, they excuse themselves from any discussions on the values that define our nation and how we look after all of our diverse communities. Their silence clearly states, however, that they intend to run as allies and validators for President Donald Trump’s agenda in the highest office in Connecticut.

300 pack Middletown town hall meeting to press Sen. Suzio on parental notification bill

CT Dems’ Reaction: “Len Suzio learned the hard way, and let this be a lesson to Connecticut Republicans following the Trump playbook and attacking reproductive rights, that Connecticut voters will not stand idly by as the GOP attempts to erode our freedoms. Democrats will continue to stand up for the rights of women to control their own bodies.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman-elect Dita Bhargava
MIddletown Press: 300 pack Middletown town hall meeting to press Sen. Suzio on parental notification bill
By Cassandra Day

Sen. Len Suzio got more than he bargained for night during a town hall meeting to discuss the Legislature’s upcoming session Wednesday night.

More than 300 people, many of them Wesleyan University students, crowded into the Russell Library’s modest Hubbard Room, standing along the walls, in the hallway and out into the main reading area, prompting Library Director Matt Poland to announce that anyone who couldn’t find a seat would have to leave, citing the room’s capacity.

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LEAKED: Agenda for today’s GOP candidate meeting

EXCLUSIVE: The Connecticut Democratic Party has obtained a totally real copy of today’s Republican statewide candidate meeting.

From the desk of J.R. Romano

Republican State Central Committee

Candidate Meeting Notice

Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the evening
31 Pratt Street, 4th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103


  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
    • Chairman Romano informs candidates that Ambassador Tom Foley is prepared to attend the next meeting and take the mantle again
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Old Business
    • Mark Boughton informs Republicans that he will be out of state whenever questions of leadership arise, specifically asks that no Republicans talk about his record on protecting law-abiding immigrants in Danbury and President Trump’s recent Executive Actions.
    • Peter Lumaj gives instruction in raising money from out-of-state donors
    • Prasad Srinivasan informs fellow candidates that he is running for governor. They are surprised.
    • Tony Hwang tells his fellow candidates, from experience, how not to take illegal donations from state contractors. (Hint: the secret is raising almost no money)
  5. New Business
    • Tim Herbst flips the table and storms out of the meeting because no one gave him the floor to give his presentation on how to use taxpayer resources for political gain. Vows to hold lifetime grudges against those who wronged him.
  6. Adjourn, awkwardly.

SHOT/CHASER: Rebimbas’s New Interest In Voter Fraud

SHOT: State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas is happy to promote President Trump’s false claims that 3-5 million people voted illegally.


CHASER: Rebimbas is a member of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee. Here is a list of the bills she has sponsored on topic of voter fraud.

REACTION: “Connecticut’s Trump Republicans never cease to amaze. Representative Rebimbas is promoting, with zero evidence, Donald Trump’s outrageous and demonstrably false statements. Yet in her #alternativefacts universe, you would have assumed that because of this ‘crisis’ she would be proposing multiple bills to address this rampant fraud in Connecticut’s elections.

“You would be incorrect.

“The people of Naugatuck elected her and empowered her to make a difference in Hartford and to take action by proposing legislation on areas that affect Connecticut residents. Yet she has done worse: She has invented a crisis and failed to take action on her own fake crisis. Her hypocrisy on this is mind-numbing and raises concern over her agenda and why she would use her position to threaten the credibility of the same elections that sent her to office.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

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