Connecticut Democratic Party Blog

President Obama Announces SCOTUS Nominee, GOP Congressional Candidates Remain Silent

This morning, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty quickly called for the Senate to give the nominee a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote. However, Congresswoman Esty’s would-be Republican opponents – noted Trump denier Clay Cope and noted Trump apologist Matt Maxwell – have yet to clarify whether they believe Republicans in the Senate should do their job and hold hearings or continue down their current path of blind obstructionism.

So far in the race, Cope has shied away from taking positions on just about anything – other than a story that a campaign staffer heard from someone who talked to a bystander about Elizabeth Esty’s interaction with a town official.

And Maxwell has made his campaign about overcoming the special interest roadblocks to flying cars. Seriously.

But beyond their bluster are real questions that Mr. Cope and Mr. Maxwell need to answer if they want to be taken seriously as congressional candidates.

The Connecticut Democratic Party is also calling on GOP congressional candidates Daria Novak and John Shaban to weigh in on this critically important issue.

“Judge Garland is eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court justice. He was unanimously confirmed to the Court of Appeals, and he deserves a fair hearing at the very least. Yet Republicans in the Senate are pledging to reject even preliminary meetings with the nominee, with the intention of waiting for President Donald Trump to put forward his own nominee next year. The voters of the 5th Congressional District deserve to know whether their would-be congressmen would show leadership and encourage the Senate to take action or simply join the ranks of Republican obstructionists in Congress.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

The Clay Clock is ticking

It has been more than a week since flailing congressional candidate Clay Cope accused Rep. Elizabeth Esty of supporting Hillary Clinton (true). However, seven days later, it is still not clear who Mr. Cope is supporting for president, and whether he will support his party’s presumed nominee, Donald Trump.

To recognize Mr. Cope’s utter hypocrisy, the Connecticut Democratic Party has launched the Clay Clock.

“Clay Cope’s campaign has barely started, and he has already lost all credibility. Voters should question if a candidate for Congress will support his party’s hateful, xenophobic standard-bearer. Yet Mr. Cope has steadfastly refused to say whether he will support Donald Trump when he is the GOP nominee. Congresswoman Esty has made her feelings about the presidential race known. Mr. Cope’s silence is telling.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

Mr. Cope’s penchant for fear-mongering is certainly reminiscent of the Republican frontrunner.

“Indeed, the Cope campaign’s tactics appear to be right out of the Trump playbook – making ridiculous, baseless accusations for political gain. Maybe he should worry more about the Republican Party’s failed policies and stale talking points than a story that a campaign staffer heard from someone who talked to a bystander about Elizabeth Esty’s interaction with a town official.” – Appleby said.

Clay Cope on Trump: ?

In a press release this morning, GOP congressional candidate Clay Cope accused Rep. Elizabeth Esty of supporting Hillary Clinton (fact check: true). Yet while Congresswoman Esty has made her choice in the presidential race clear, Cope has refused to say if he will support Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump when he is the GOP nominee.

“If Clay Cope wants to make presidential politics an issue this election, voters of the fifth district deserve to know exactly where he stands on his party’s front-runner. Will he ignore Donald Trump’s racist, hateful and bigoted policies, and join the chorus of Republicans around the country promising to ‘support the nominee’?

“Connecticut voters understand that Donald Trump’s policies are as hollow as a degree from Trump University. Meanwhile, Democratic candidates are engaged in substantive policy debate about how to move our country forward. The choice seems clear to us. It’s time for Clay Cope to level with fifth district voters and make his feelings known.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

MA Governor is Voting Against Trump, Where Do Fasano and Klarides Stand?

CT Dems’ reaction:

“Donald Trump’s campaign has been built on fear, insults, deception, and outright bigotry, but Connecticut’s elected Republicans have refrained from criticizing even the most abhorrent of Trump’s actions and proposals. Governor Baker set the example after Donald Trump won the Massachusetts primary by declaring he would not vote for Trump. Will Connecticut’s highest ranking Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, to follow that lead and commit to voting against Donald Trump if he wins Connecticut’s GOP Primary on April 26th?

“It is abundantly clear that a Trump presidency would be an unmitigated disaster. Will Senator Fasano and Representative Klarides succumb to blind party loyalty and support Trump, or will they show leadership of their caucuses and refuse to vote for him? Connecticut voters deserve to know.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

POLITICO: Massachusetts Gov. Baker: I’m not voting for Trump in November, either

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, did not vote for Donald Trump in his state’s primary on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, he made clear that he would not support the Manhattan magnate in November, either.

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