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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

GOP explorers took prohibited contractor cash

How are they going to answer for this one?

After a detailed review of campaign finance reports, the Connecticut Democratic Party has determined that Republicans Mark Boughton, Peter Lumaj, and Prasad Srinivasan have all accepted prohibited donations from state contractors to their statewide exploratory or gubernatorial committees.

This is more bad news for Connecticut Republicans in the wake of Boughton’s lackluster fundraising efforts.

Here is a breakdown of some, but not all, contributions from potential prohibited contractors. Connecticut Democrats are calling on Boughton, Lumaj, and Srinivasan to immediately return these questionable funds.

Donor Position Employer
Mary Sistrunk Executive Director Danbury Housing Authority
Adam Jeamel Regional President United Bank
Ken Chapman Managing Director Bank of New York
Michael Martone Gov’t Relations Consultant Murtha Cullina
Amanda Nocera Strategy and Planning Prudential
Eric Holub Director of Operations IBM
William Breslau Attorney Kahan Kerensky & Capossela
Cory Scoulier Owner NAFI CT INC
Vasant Patel Engineer Connecticut Natural Gas
Adla Reddy Project Manager Parsons
Ami Desai Hospital Administrator Hospital for Special Care
Proloy Das Attorney Murtha Cullina

“In their first test as candidates, this is not a good look for Connecticut Republicans exploring statewide office. It’s time for all of these candidates to admit they have solicited contributions from prohibited donors and return those donations. Throughout this upcoming cycle, Connecticut Democrats will hold each of the Republican candidates accountable, not just for their words and support of Donald Trump’s extremist agenda, but also their actions when it comes to successfully completing the Citizens’ Election Program. As candidates exploring statewide office, they will be held up to the same standard they’ve used for Democrats for the last two years.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Happy Holidays from the Connecticut Democratic Party!

The Connecticut Democratic Party wishes you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season.

We – along with dozens of volunteers – just completed our Week of Action. Our office was filled with dedicated Democrats, working hard to make blankets for refugees, many of whom recently came to Connecticut after escaping unimaginable atrocities. We hope these handmade blankets make them feel more at home in our state.

Volunteers assemble blankets for refugee families.


A pile of completed blankets.


Chairman Nick Balletto (center) drops off Blankets at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven.

In addition to making blankets for refugees, Democrats collected and assembled toiletry kits for our homeless neighbors. Today Connecticut Democratic Party staff dropped the kits off at the South Park Inn in Hartford.

The Christmas tree at South Park Inn.

CDP staff tour South Park Inn.

From all of us at the Connecticut Democratic Party, happy holidays!

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