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CT Dems’ Statement On Donald Trump’s Inauguration

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

“We wish President Trump the best as he begins his term, but we remain deeply concerned by the rhetoric and policy proposals he and his cabinet picks have espoused. Despite partisan differences, we root for America’s success and for opportunity and prosperity for our fellow citizens.

“Make no mistake, however, Democrats will stand up and be heard as we fight for continued progress. I hope there are areas where Democrats and Republicans can find common ground. However, if President Trump goes forward with the extreme agenda he pushed during his campaign and transition, Democrats stand ready to resist him not just legislatively, but at the grassroots level.

“This is because, rather than draining the swamp as he promised, his top nominees are billionaires, millionaires, and Washington insiders. Instead of embracing an agenda to help working people, he plans to strip health care from 30 million people, oppose an increase in the minimum wage, and dismantle our nation’s education system.

“Democrats know what it takes to stand strong in support of our values, as was clear from dozens of Democratic Community Captains, who came together from across the state last night in Hartford to get organized, from the rallies and demonstrations being seen across Connecticut in recent days and weeks, and from our Democratic elected officials making their voices heard on critical issues here in Connecticut and in confirmation hearings in Washington DC. Rest assured, we will have the organization necessary to hold the Connecticut Republicans supporting the Trump agenda accountable.”

CT Dems Elect Executive Committee

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) this evening elected party officers. Chairman Nick Balletto of Guilford and Treasurer Josh Hall of Hartford were unanimously re-elected to a second term, while Dita Bhargava of Greenwich was elected vice chairwoman and Eva Bermudez of Newtown was elected secretary.

Governor Dan Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman, and members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation congratulated the newly elected officers and thanked outgoing Vice Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo and Secretary Barbara Gordon, both of whom decided not to seek re-election.

“I am proud of the work that Nick Balletto, Nancy DiNardo, and the team at the state party have done over the past two years,” said Governor Malloy. “They have made unprecedented investments in building a top-notch grassroots organization, and it has paid off. I want to congratulate Nick and his team on their elections and thank Nancy and Barbara for their extraordinary leadership over the years.”

“Nick has been an outstanding leader for the Democratic Party,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “I know that serving as party chair is a tough, often thankless job, but the State Central Committee made the right decision to keep Nick on for the next two years. Although they will be missed in their current roles, I also know that Barbara Gordon and Nancy DiNardo will continue to serve the party and the state going forward.”

“Dita Bhargava is an excellent choice to serve as state party vice chairwoman,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. “I have gotten to know her as a community leader in Greenwich, and I can tell you from experience that she has the leadership skills to be highly effective in her new role. With Donald Trump preparing to take the oath of office, we need Democrats who will hold him – and the Republicans supporting his agenda – accountable. Dita will do just that.”

“I want to congratulate my friend Eva Bermudez,” said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. “Eva is a stellar public servant who works tirelessly on behalf of Newtown. She has spent her career advocating for the rights of working people and knows how to win the tough fights. Eva is well-suited to serve as the secretary of the state party, which will benefit from her voice and her boundless energy.”

Chairman Balletto and Vice Chairwoman Bhargava offered their thanks to the State Central Committee and to Democrats throughout the state.

“Serving as party chair has been a tremendous honor, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to continue serving,” said Balletto. “Our new executive committee, party staff, and volunteers are ready to hit the ground running, contacting voters and holding Donald Trump and the Republicans supporting his agenda accountable. We are already engaged in unprecedented efforts to engage grassroots supporters and lay the groundwork for critical 2017 and 2018 elections.

“I want to give special thanks to Nancy DiNardo and Josh Hall,” he continued. “Nancy has given me incredible guidance and support over the past two years. I know that she will continue to be a great resource for the state party in her new role as a Democratic National Committee member. And Josh has been an incredible asset to the party in his role as treasurer. I am immensely grateful that he will continue his service.”

“I want to thank the DSCC for entrusting me with this incredible opportunity and responsibility,” said Bhargava.  Connecticut Democrats are already working tirelessly to build a grassroots organization and expand our ranks with new voices and faces that ensure we are ready to compete in 2017 and 2018. We will hold the Connecticut Republicans supporting the Trump administration’s extreme agenda accountable. I look forward to getting right to work.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Governor Malloy’s State Of The State Address

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

“Today’s speech is a reminder of why the voters of Connecticut have elected Dan Malloy twice. He is absolutely right when he says that, in order to move our state forward, we must create a predictable and sustainable state budget and economy. And it’s not just talk. Governor Malloy has a record of making state government run more effectively and efficiently, and today he outlined three specific areas of focus to bring much-needed stability to the state budget.

“The governor also noted the progress we have made as a state. We should all be proud that – thanks to his leadership – Connecticut will remain the home of Sikorsky Aircraft and the 8,000 jobs that come with it.

“Despite Governor Malloy’s positive vision for the future of our state, however, I was shocked to see what seemed like the entire GOP caucus remain seated and refuse to applaud the governor’s call to continue our record of compassion by remaining a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. It looks like Connecticut Republicans are truly taking their cues from Donald Trump.”

Balletto Congratulates Legislative Leaders On Opening Day

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

“I want to congratulate my dear friend Martin Looney as he is sworn in to another term as Senate President Pro Tempore. It is wonderful to have him back and ready to move Connecticut forward so soon after his kidney transplant. He, along with Majority Leader Bob Duff, have been willing to make tough choices while protecting the needs of Connecticut’s students, working families, and our most vulnerable neighbors.

“I also want to congratulate the new House leadership team, Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and Majority Leader Matt Ritter. They are both principled leaders who will fight for Connecticut’s values first and foremost. I am confident that they will lead the Democratic caucus and the House of Representatives with honor and distinction.

“This year, Republicans have increased their numbers in Hartford, and with that they need to take increased responsibility. We cannot afford a GOP caucus that continues to put forward unworkable and unrealistic proposals solely for political purposes. Republican leaders must come to the table in good faith and work for real solutions for Connecticut taxpayers.”

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