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CT Dems announce delegate application

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic Party today launched an online Democratic National Convention delegate application. All registered Democrats in Connecticut who wish to serve as delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia are required to apply. Delegates will play a key role as the Democratic Party comes together to nominate candidates for President and Vice President.

The application is available at
“Our party is strongest when the voices of all communities are heard, so it is my goal to have a Convention delegation that is as diverse as our state,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “I encourage Democrats from all corners of the state and across the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum to apply. A strong delegation will represent our state well as we nominate our national candidates, set a party platform, and pave the way for a robust grassroots effort to achieve our electoral goals in 2016.”
The deadline for online applications is May 2, 2016 for district-level delegates.

CT Dems statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

“Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied the values for which Democrats fight: Social justice, equality, and a compassionate society. At a time of political and social division in our nation, Dr. King’s message of love and unity is as important as ever. At a time when the right to vote is under attack from some, we must stand together to make it easier – not harder – for all citizens to make their voices heard. That is what our elected leaders in Connecticut are fighting for, and we hope that others around the nation will join that cause. I hope that his words and his actions can inspire all of us – on both sides of the political aisle – to work toward a more just world.”

CT Dems react to GOP straw poll results

Hartford, Ct. – Last night, the Connecticut Republican Party held its quadrennial straw poll. And as expected, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump handily won. The Connecticut Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Donald Trump‘s resounding victory in the GOP straw poll proves once again that Trump‘s racist, xenophobic views – once the right-wing fringe of the party – now represent the mainstream of the Connecticut Republican Party. Let me be very clear: Trump‘s proposals – including his ‘ban on Muslims’ – are not only unconstitutional, they are un-American. 

“Despite J.R. Romano’s past actions, his party is clearly calling out for leadership, and he can no longer hide. These were party activists and donors who attended to the straw poll. Despite the fact that he tried to hide the result by claiming that the results weren’t ‘scientific,’ party insiders whom Romano attracted to the straw poll voted overwhelmingly to back Trump and his racist, xenophobic platform.” – CT Dems spokesman Leigh Appleby

Trump has gone too far

UPDATE (10:03 AM):

Republican Party Chairs from states across the country – including Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – have denounced Trump’s despicable language. Republican presidential candidates from Jeb Bush to Lindsay Graham have gone even further.

Yet Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano, apparently spurred by the extreme elements of his party, stands alone in his silence. And his refusal to denounce Trump speaks volumes about the direction of the Connecticut GOP.

“How can J.R. Romano and the Connecticut Republican Party possibly think it’s acceptable to stay silent on this outright bigotry? Their refusal to address this sure seems like a tacit endorsement of Trump’s disgusting proposals. For a party that claims to fight for religious freedom to stay silent in the face of oppression speaks volumes about the character of Connecticut’s Republican leaders.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby.

Trump has gone too far

Democrats call on J.R. Romano to condemn Trump’s racist, hateful language

Hartford, Ct. – Throughout the early stages of the presidential campaign, Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump has made a series of racist, xenophobic, hateful comments. All the while, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has stood idly by, refusing to condemn this vitriolic speech.

But today, Donald Trump crossed a line when he called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States.

While even some members of his own party are denouncing Trump’s comments, Romano’s silence continues. It is time for Mr. Romano and the Connecticut Republican Party to join Democrats in denouncing Trump for this for his hateful, vile language.

Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell released the following statement.

“Last night, President Obama – like President Bush before him – made a powerful case that the United States is not at war with Muslims, but with a small minority of violent extremists who pervert the meaning of Islam,” said Mandell. “That is absolutely true, and the only way we are going to defeat ISIS/Daesh is by working with the Muslim community to soundly reject this extremist ideology.

“The Connecticut Democratic Party is proud of our strong partnership with Connecticut’s Muslim community. They are our friends and neighbors. And the truth is that more Muslims are killed by terrorists than any other religion in the world. Donald Trump’s proposal is an example of the Republican Party’s continued move away from reason. 

“It is time for J.R. Romano and his Republican Party to show some leadership and denounce Donald Trump and his extreme ideology. Connecticut deserves better than political leaders who stay silent in the face of xenophobia and racism. At this point, this is beyond politics – it’s a matter of humanity.”

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