Connecticut Democratic Party Blog

4,100 new jobs + 5.4% unemployment rate = ZERO Republican reaction

This morning, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced that 4,100 new jobs were created in July, reducing the unemployment rate to 5.4%.

  • Our unemployment rate is now statistically on par with the national average.
  • It is Connecticut’s lowest unemployment rate since May 2008.
  • The number of new unemployment claims is at its lowest level in 15 years.
  • The state has now recovered 97% of jobs lost during the Bush recession.

The economic news is unquestionably good, so we would have expected statements from all of our statewide leaders recognizing the progress that is being made in Connecticut.

But yet again, Connecticut Republicans refused to join the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Democratic Leaders in the House and Senate in recognizing the underlying fact that today’s numbers prove: Connecticut is moving in the right direction.

Neither the Connecticut Republican Party nor any GOP elected officials had anything to say about the July jobs report. Nothing. Zip. They continued their long track record of rooting against the economic success of the state – trumpeting negative news while remaining silent on (or questioning the validity of) positive stories.
“With the pace of economic growth continuing to pick up, maybe Republicans should think about adopting a new political strategy. Clearly Connecticut’s economy is strong and getting stronger, no matter how hard the GOP roots for failure.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman 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

Proposed 2016 Delegate Selection Rules

The Connecticut Democratic Party welcomes public comment on the proposed draft 2016 Delegate Selection Rules. Comments can be emailed to conventions@ctdems.org.  Thank you.

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