Press Releases

Trump Won’t Accept The Result Of The Election. Will Connecticut Republicans?

In tonight’s presidential debate, Donald Trump refused to say he would accept the result of the presidential election.

“This is absolutely unacceptable. This democracy is built on the peaceful transfer of power, but, for the first time in modern history, a presidential candidate has refused to accept the will of the voters. Will Connecticut Republicans – who have defended Donald Trump throughout his despicable campaign – continue to stand by their nominee as he walks all over theConstitution? This should be disqualifying, and Trump’s Connecticut GOP supporters and the candidates running on his ticket this fall need to be held accountable for these statements.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Democratic state senators call Donald Trump out

Hartford, Ct. – Following a press conference at which Democratic leaders blasted Donald Trump’s despicable comments and actions and held the Connecticut Republicans continuing to stand by Trump accountable, Democratic Senators released the following statements.

“I find Donald Trump’s lewd comments absolutely appalling,” said Sen. Dante Bartolomeo (D-Meriden), who attended the press conference. “He is belittling 51 percent if the American electorate, and in doing so he has conclusively shown that he is unfit to lead this country. Now is the time for Republican Party leaders and Republican candidates in Connecticut to put party politics aside and to clearly and unequivocally reject Donald Trump. If they do not, they have signaled their support for Trump through their silence.”

“Good leadership and good judgment require a willingness to stand up to other leaders who say or do something wrong,” said Sen. Mae Flexer (D-Killingly). “I have stood up to members of my own party when the occasion called for it. It requires strong conviction and a deep commitment to stand up to leaders of your own party. What we all heard from Donald Trump is beyond offensive, it is disgraceful and very possibly criminal. It is part of a long record of hateful, ignorant remarks. That every Republican leader has not condemned these remarks and withdrawn their support for Mr. Trump speaks volumes. Blind political loyalty should not beat out basic human decency.”

“I am disappointed that the Connecticut Republicans did not come out publicly and condemn Donald Trump’s lewd and vulgar behavior,” said Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport). “I would have hoped that the state Republicans would have stood up for what is right and spoken out against Mr. Trump.”

”It was very clear during the Republican primaries that Donald Trump held abhorrent views of women and that many Republicans still supported him,” said Sen. Beth Bye (D-West Hartford). “But, I would hope with these latest revelations that my Republican colleagues in the legislature would finally and unequivocally admit that Trump’s latest comments are wholly inappropriate. Donald Trump is not who we are as a people, and this is not who Republicans are, so my GOP colleagues in the House and Senate need to come out now and clearly reject Donald Trump as their presidential candidate.”

“I find that Donald Trump’s statements are equivalent to crimes against women,”said Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Sprague). “His words and actions continue to dehumanize women and are, simply put, deplorable and dangerous. This is just disturbing.”
Click here to watch the full video of the press conference featuring Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin,  AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier, and many others.

Chairman Balletto’s Statement On Passage Of Sikorsky Deal

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman, and Democratic legislative leaders deserve our thanks. Before this deal, Sikorsky was ready to manufacture the King Stallion helicopter in another state, but, thanks to good work by the governor and his team, Connecticut will continue to be a world leader in aerospace manufacturing for years to come. Sikorsky’s continued commitment to Connecticut will not only preserve and create 8,000 jobs at the company, but also create even more new positions through increased in-state investments at small businesses down the supply chain.

“This deal is a win-win for our state and our economic future, and I’m proud of our Democratic legislative leaders for taking quick action to get it passed.”

Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman, CT Dems’ Statements On The First Presidential Debate

Hartford, Ct. – Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statements in response to this evening’s presidential debate.

Tonight we saw two drastically different visions for the future of our country,” said Governor Malloy, who attended the debate. “On the one hand, Hillary Clinton is steady and has real plans to move our country forward, build on President Obama’s progress, and improve America’s standing on the global stage. On the other hand, Donald Trump is inconsistent and lacks the temperament to serve as president. As he proved once again on the debate stage, he has no real plans on many of the most important issues facing our country, and his relationship with the truth is hostile at best. After watching both candidates, I am more committed than ever to doing everything in my power to make sure Hillary Clinton is elected on November 8.”

“Hands down, Hillary Clinton won tonight’s debate, and it wasn’t close,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “Her experience, her grasp of the most important issues at home and around the world, and her outstanding leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to serve as president on day one. Hillary believes, as I do, that our country is stronger when everyone has a seat at the table, and I know that, as president, Hillary will bring people together and get real results, just as she always has.”

“Hillary Clinton showed us tonight that she is ready to be our commander-in-chief,”said Chairman Balletto. “At the same time, Donald Trump showed us that he’s temperamentally unfit to be dogcatcher, much less president of the United States. Unfortunately, almost every GOP elected official in Connecticut continues to support Trump’s hateful, divisive campaign. I, along with the Connecticut Democratic Party, am fully committed not only to stopping Donald Trump, but also soundly defeating the Connecticut Republicans supporting him.”

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