Connecticut Democratic Party Blog

ALERT: Dubitsky Votes Against Hate Crime Bill

Since Donald Trump’s election, there has been a well-documented rise in hate crimes across the country. In Connecticut, lawmakers have recognized this troubling trend and are well on their way to passing the strongest hate-crime legislation in the country, with the legislature’s Judiciary Committee advancing a bill to do just that on a bipartisan 38-1 vote. Only GOP State Rep. Doug Dubitsky voted against it.

The Connecticut Democratic Party is calling Dubitsky out for his unconscionable vote.

“This is absolutely unacceptable. On issue after issue, Doug Dubitsky has shown himself to be an extreme, right-wing Republican. With Donald Trump and his national GOP allies attacking Connecticut’s values – from trying to strip health care from 24 million Americans, to proposing to roll back environmental protections, to eliminating heating assistance for the most vulnerable – we need state legislators who will stand up to the president’s agenda. Clearly, Representative Dubitsky is more interested in appealing to the extreme elements of the Republican base than protecting his constituents.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

CT GOP Chairman’s Comments Make True GOP Positions Clear

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano – who has in the past refused to condemn a Republican State Central Committee member for openly flying the Confederate flag – was at it again at a recent forum on immigration, this time invoking not-so-subtle discriminatory statements as he tried to divide people against each other to score political points.
According to the New Haven Register (emphasis ours): 

J.R. Romano, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, was the lightning rod as he tried to explain the perspective of those who want stricter enforcement of deportation of undocumented residents to an audience that was working to protect them.

“A friend of mine worked his tail off to get into Yale. He didn’t get in. His spot was given to someone else. To him and his family he did everything right and that is unfair,” he said.

Romano said that kind of resentment is what fueled the presidential election with Donald Trump now in the White House.

This brought a response from Douglas Stone, a Yale professor in applied physics, who said only 1 in 27 applicants might get into the Ivy League school. He said he has personally recommended students for acceptance who didn’t make it. .

“I worry that there is a certain type of scapegoating when you say someone took his spot. What could that mean? An illegal immigrant took his spot? Is that what you are saying?” Stone asked.

“The perception to that family and that family’s friends, is that is what happened,” Romano said.

Angel Fernandez Chavero, the son of Mexican immigrants, said he and his sister got into Yale, while another sibling went to the University of California at Berkeley.

“We worked super hard to accomplish our parents’ dreams,” Fernandez said, to clapping from the 100 people at the discussion at Gateway Community College.

Fernandez accused Romano of making “slippery arguments” that blame other people for personal disappointments. He said Romano and other Republicans have also engaged in rhetoric that repeats the Trump accusation against Mexicans that they are murderers.

“Children and parents are worried about deportation as President Trump bases his immigration policy on fear and discrimination, and the sentiment expressed by the head of the Connecticut Republican Party does the opposite of helping our most vulnerable residents. Instead of trying to divide our state on racial and ethnic lines, our political and elected leaders should bring our communities together around the values that we hold dear as a state. It is no longer acceptable for Connecticut’s GOP elected officials to wait and hope that no one asks questions when Chairman Romano represents extreme positions like these as official policies of the Republican Party in Connecticut. GOP elected leaders have refused to demonstrate leadership at any point by condemning or standing up to President Trump’s backwards policies that hurt Connecticut, and instead resort to the talking points and rhetoric that have been politically convenient in the past.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Where’s The Leadership? Republicans Play Politics With Transportation Lockbox

If Connecticut wants to compete in the 21st century economy, we need to invest in our transportation system. Democrats know that. Republicans often say it. But lost in reporting on last night’s transportation lockbox vote is that the legislation was unanimously opposed by GOP members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.

This is a commonsense initiative supported by businesses and government advocates, yet Republican leaders Len Fasano and Themis Klarides – who have both spoken out in support of a constitutional lockbox – once again let politics get in the way of moving Connecticut forward.

“Once again, Republican legislative leaders are failing to lead their caucuses or their party. Rather than working with Democrats to make progress on an issue that they have long claimed to support and which would help make Connecticut more economically competitive, they are playing politics with critical issues and hoping we won’t notice. I understand that opposition comes naturally to Connecticut Republicans – just like Republicans in Washington –  but real leaders find a way to put political rhetoric aside to find solutions even when it’s not their personal interest, just the state’s long-term interest. Senator Fasano and Representative Klarides fail once again.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell 

Connecticut Democrats Are Fighting For Affordable Care

Connecticut Democrats led the fight to stop TrumpCare and improve the Affordable Care Act, while Connecticut Republicans led from behind. We will keep fighting for middle class and working families.

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