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Democrats Build Momentum Heading Into Election Season

Hartford, Ct. – On Saturday more than 100 Democratic activists from all corners of Connecticut convened in Hartford to participate in an all-day grassroots training. Focused on building the on-the-ground resources necessary for Democrats to compete – and win – this November, the training brought together people from all backgrounds with the common goal of electing Democrats this year.

“Our job is to make sure the Connecticut Republicans – who continue to overwhelmingly support Donald Trump – are soundly defeated this November,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto in his opening remarks. “That’s why we need to work harder than ever, making phone calls, knocking on doors, and having the face-to-face, voter-to-voter conversations that Democrats do so well. While Republicans continue to blur the line between their official offices and their campaigns and continue to seek every public opportunity to root for failure, Democrats are doubling down on what our party does best: building a world-class grassroots organization in order to to be victorious on November 8.”

Training sessions included messaging and communications strategies, writing a field plan, social media, voter protection, phonebanking and canvassing, and Election Day registration among many other important topics – with a specific goal of building a robust grassroots organization to elect Democrats up and down the ticket this fall.

The below photos are from Saturday’s event:

Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto makes opening remarks.

Attendees listen to a panel discussion during lunch time.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin addresses a training session on the importance of grassroots campaigning.

Governor Dan Malloy and Connecticut Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo speak with an attendee.

 House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz addresses attendees.

Volunteers discuss best practices for knocking doors and making calls.

As Democratic Mayors Blast Senate GOP, CT Dems Question House Republicans

Hartford, Ct. – Following a Connecticut Coalition of Democratic Mayors press conference highlighting the Connecticut Senate GOP’s record of blurring the lines between their official offices and their campaigns, the Connecticut Democratic Party is calling out GOP leader Themis Klarides and House Republicans for similarly using their government office to elect Republicans instead of fighting for their constituents.
Yesterday Klarides put out a press release from her government office accusing Democrats of talking about the presidential race because “they can’t run on their own record this fall”. This wasn’t meant to help her constituents or move the state forward, but rather to help members of her caucus in the upcoming elections.
It is far from her first foray into using official resources for campaign purposes. She has routinely used her office to root for Connecticut’s failure and score cheap political points.
Klarides’s July 28 press release, for instance, attacked Democrats without offering solutions and made a direct solicitation to voters:
“So pay attention to those mailers you receive this fall in your mailbox from politicians looking for your vote for state House or Senate, or those candidates that arrive at your door. You might ask them how they voted on recent budgets or how they might finally fix Connecticut’s finances so that we can grow jobs and spur economic development. The two largest tax increases in state history have left us with massive deficits. You might ask these candidates if they are willing to go down that road again.” – Themis Klarides, July 28
These are just two examples of House Republicans – like their Senate counterparts – blurring or crossing the line between government business and political activities. 

“We expect our elected officials to work on behalf of their constituents, not just in their own narrow political interests. Yet, Themis Klarides is putting politics first and using taxpayer resources to elect GOP candidates. Simply put, using tax dollars to support a campaign is a violation of the public trust.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

CT Dems’ Statement On Tonight’s Primary Results

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement on tonight’s primary results.

“Primaries are never easy for any party, but we proud to be a big tent party. Now is the time for all Democrats to join together. The choice in this election couldn’t be more clear. Our Democratic candidates stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump’sConnecticut GOP colleagues.

“Now that the primaries are behind us we look forward to all of our Democratic nominees doing what we do so well as a party: Making calls, knocking on doors, and spreading our Democratic message to voters.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Trump’s Disgusting Comments

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s incitement of violence this afternoon.

“Another day, another dangerous comment from Donald Trump. Throughout this campaign, Trump’s hateful rhetoric; his insults toward Gold Star families, Immigrants, Muslims, and just about everyone else; and now his incitement of violence has been simply indefensible. Yet Connecticut Republicans continue to defend their nominee, even while while attempting to distance themselves from some of his statements.

“If the Connecticut Republicans supporting Donald Trump refuse to completely disavow their support him, they are standing for his belief system and his rhetoric. This is no longer acceptable.”
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