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Gov. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Wyman, CT Dems’ Statement on Hillary Clinton Accepting the Democratic Nomination for President

Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statements on the nomination of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

Gov. Malloy‘s statement:

“Tonight — and all week — our country has moved another step closer to smashing the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. Hillary made history and we witnessed it. This was indeed an extraordinary moment for our country — and one to celebrate. Hillary Clinton has brought about positive change for everyday families her entire career. As President Obama said, she is the most qualified candidate in history. I couldn’t agree more. She will move this country forward and build on progress.

“At the same time, we must recognize that this November the contrasts — not just at the presidential level, but up and down the ballot — are stark. The Democratic platform looks forward, while the Republican Party’s could have come from a century ago. We know that Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate in our lifetime. His rhetoric is already damaging our standing around the world, and he needs to be soundly defeated. Hillary Clintonis the person to do just that.”

LG Wyman’s statement:

“I am proud not just because we have nominated a woman, but because we have nominated this woman,” said Lt. Gov. Wyman. “Hillary Clinton may be the most qualified person ever to seek the presidency. She will not only build on the successes of President Obama and grow the middle class, but also make our country stronger and safer. I am ready to work hard to make sure Hillary Clintonis elected this November. I hope my fellow Democrats will join me.”

Chairman Balletto’s statement:

“This convention showed exactly what it means to be a Democrat,” said Chairman Balletto. “We highlighted the Democratic Party’s positive vision for the future of our country — a future in which every single person, no matter where they were born has the opportunity to succeed. Hillary Clinton is the right candidate to build on President Obama’s progress and continue moving our nation in the right direction. Tonight I am prouder than ever to be a Democrat.”

PHOTO RELEASE: Governor Malloy & Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine Photo Release

The following are photographs of Governor Dan Malloy and Vice-Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine.

Make America Safe Again? Think Again.

Hartford, Ct. – Tonight Connecticut’s GOP delegates – including Republican lawmakers Themis Klarides, Art Linares, and John Frey – gather in Cleveland to support the hateful, divisive campaign of Donald Trump. Tonight’s theme is “make America safe again,” but the truth is that a Trump presidency would do just the opposite. Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement.

“Donald Trump is the most dangerous person ever to seek the presidency,” said Balletto. “He is not only the least prepared major party nominee of our lifetimes, but also erratic and temperamentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief. He has praised the tactics of brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Un, and Vladimir Putin while alienating allies including the German chancellor, the Mexican president, and even the Pope.

“Not only are many of Trump’s reckless plans illegal, but they would hurt American efforts to defeat ISIS. He wants to ban Muslims from entering our country, intentionally target and kill the innocent family members of terrorist fighters, and allow ISIS to take over Syria as a ‘free zone.’ 

Tonight’s convention theme – ‘make America safe again’ – is ironic because Donald Trump would make this country far less safe. Trump is a thin-skinned loose cannon who takes his cues from dictators, and we simply cannot allow him to get his hands on the nuclear codes. 

“I’m disappointed in Themis Klarides, Art Linares, and John Frey, who made the choice to stand with Donald Trump and his radical Republican agenda in Cleveland and put party before country to support a dangerous demagogue who is temperamentally unfit to be president.”

Gov. Malloy Statement On Donald Trump’s Selection Of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Hartford, Ct. – Governor Dan Malloy released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s announcement that he has selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Governor Malloy has in the past publicly opposed Governor Pence’s bigotry when he signed an anti-LGBT right-to-discriminate law and when he tried to block a Syrian refugee family from moving to his state.

“With his pick of Mike Pence, Donald Trump is doubling down on the hatred and bigotry that has defined his campaign,” said Governor Malloy. “Governor Pence has a long history of supporting policies that attack people who don’t look like him. That was on full display when he signed his anti-LGBT right-to-discriminate law and tried to block a Syrian refugee family – some of the most vulnerable people in the world – from entering his state. I was proud when the state of Connecticut stood up to this display of hatred in public policy.

“But, his attacks on women and LGBT people go back much further. He approved one of the nation’s most oppressive, anti-woman, anti-choice laws. He led the GOP’s ignorant crusade to deny women health care choices by defunding Planned Parenthood, and he has even supported anti-LGBT conversion therapy.

“I know what it’s like to be on the wrong end of ugly divisiveness and to deal with people who want to punish others just because they’re different. I grew up with severe disabilities. I couldn’t tie a shoe or button a shirt until I was ten. Many people called me ‘mentally retarded’ because they didn’t know how to treat those disabilities. I had to dictate my writing to get through college and law school, and was the first person to take the bar exam in several states orally based on my learning disability. I spent most of my young life being pushed around by bullies like Donald Trump and Mike Pence who want to punish people for their differences. Luckily for me, there were people like my mother who saw my potential and helped me become who I am today.

“I will always stand up to bullies and bigots like Mike Pence and Donald Trump because this country – and the people who have been bullied and pushed around for far too long – simply cannot afford these backwards policies and divisive rhetoric.”

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