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GOP HYPOCRISY ALERT: Klarides Blames Everyone But Herself, But She Shares Plenty Of Blame

With activists showing up at town halls and meetings across the state, Republicans can no longer just float rhetoric that doesn’t match their actions. House GOP Leader Themis Klarides likes to blame Connecticut’s fiscal woes on everyone but herself. At a town hall meeting last week, she blamed Republican governors and Democratic legislatures, but refused to acknowledge her share of the blame…

KLARIDES: We have big problems in the state of Connecticut. Big, big problems. We have debt this big, and the governor of this state has made it worse. But Governor Rell made it worse, Governor Rowland made it worse, down the line. I am an equal opportunity criticizer when it comes to this. I get it.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’ve been there the whole time. You’ve been there since I was in high school.

KLARIDES: Let me explain something to you very clearly. Do you… you understand the separate but equal branches of government thing, right? We have the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. A governor can’t do anything without the legislative branch agreeing with them. Is that correct? Yes? 38 of the last 40 years, the Democrats have been in control of the House and the Senate. So yes, there were two Republican governors, and I was there for most of that time, but most of that time, there were such large majorities of Democrats in the legislature, what do you think? No matter how, whoever the governor is – Republican, Democrat – no matter how much they would like to operate as a dictatorship this is a democracy, and without the legislature agreeing with the governor, nothing gets done. So let’s just remember that. 

…Klarides, of course, neglected to mention that she routinely voted for the Republican governors’ budgets that she admits – although only when pushed by angry constituents – deserve blame for worsening the state’s finances. In fact, she voted to support Governor Rowland’s state budgets in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and Governor Rell’s budgets in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“By her own standard, Representative Klarides deserves blame for Connecticut’s fiscal issues. But, as Republicans in the age of Trump do, she is twisting the truth — and her own record — for political gain. This is more of the same hypocrisy from the GOP caucus.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Boughton Stands With Trump, And Against Danbury Immigrants

In a blatantly political move as he runs for governor, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is falling in line with Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda rather than standing with his city’s immigrant community. Despite his constant political gamesmanship, he is finally showing his true (read ‘extreme’) colors on tough issues like immigration.

In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media, he promised to assist with the president’s immigration crackdown, a position Boughton’s own police chief disagrees with.

 “The sad truth of Mark Boughton’s newly rediscovered hard line on immigration is that he is willing to literally tear families apart just to score political points with the right wing of the Republican Party. Connecticut needs leaders who will stand up to Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda, not someone who looks to the Trump playbook of hatred and division for guidance.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell


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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