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CT Dems announce 2017 CDP award winners

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic Party today announced that the 2017 John M. Bailey Award will be given to Connecticut’s refugees and those who welcome them and will be accepted by Integrated Immigrant and Refugee Services (IRIS) Executive Director Chris George.

“This year’s CDP Dinner will be a little different,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “Instead of honoring just one person who has contributed to building our party with the Bailey Award, we have decided to pay tribute to the many people across Connecticut who have sprung to action in recent months to welcome refugees and advocate on their behalf. Despite misinformation and fearmongering from some, Democrats have worked together with activists to make Connecticut a stronger, safer, and more welcoming place. There is perhaps no group more invested in these ideals than IRIS, and I look forward to presenting this award to Chris George.”

In addition, the prestigious William T. O’Neill Award for leadership will be presented to former UConn Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun.

“Jim Calhoun is much more than a great basketball coach — he’s also a great Democrat,” said Balletto. “Coach Calhoun has helped grow our party by engaging in grassroots campaigning and advocacy. This well-deserved award will give Connecticut Democrats the opportunity to pay tribute to a true leader for our state.”

The John M. Bailey Award and the William T. O’Neill Award are given annually at the Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner. This year’s CDP Dinner will feature Senator Cory Booker as keynote speaker and will be held on June 10 in Hartford. Those wishing to attend this year’s dinner can purchase tickets here.

WHO:

Senator Cory Booker, Connecticut Democratic leaders, elected officials, activists

WHAT:

Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner

WHERE:

Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford

WHEN:

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Media check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.

CT Dems’ Statement On House Passage Of Trumpcare 3.0

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

“This vote tells you everything you need to know about the Republican Party. Without even knowing what’s in it, the House GOP passed a bill that could strip health coverage from over 20 million people and eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. In short, this legislation will eliminate access to care for working and middle-class families just to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest individuals and corporations. This bill is a disgrace, and make no mistake: Republicans will be measured by the passage of this bill, up and down the ticket in 2018.” 

CT Dems’ Statement On Tim Herbst’s Decision Not To Seek Re-Election

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell released the following statement.
“This is no surprise. Tim Herbst has spent the past eight years bullying residents and using the office of first selectman as a political stepping stone to higher office. As his weak 2015 showing proved, Trumbull voters have learned who the real Tim Herbst is, and his standing has only worsened as people realize the full extent of how he uses his office. In short, he knows that he would not have been re-elected this year. And make no mistake, any GOP candidate running in Trumbull will own Tim’s flawed record.

“During this campaign, the voters of Connecticut will learn that Tim Herbst, like his role models Donald Trump and Chris Christie, is just a blindly ambitious bully who stops at nothing to meet his political goals.”

Booker To Headline 2017 CDP Dinner

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic Party today announced that U.S. Senator Cory Booker will headline the 2017 Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner (formerly JJB) on June 10 in Hartford.

“We are thrilled that Senator Booker has agreed to join us for this year’s dinner,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “He is a dynamic public servant with a very bright future. I expect him to address the Democratic Party’s efforts in Connecticut and around the country to push back against Donald Trump’s backwards agenda. June 10 will be an exciting day for Democrats as we hear from one of our party’s up-and-coming leaders.”

Those wishing to attend the event can reserve tickets or tables here.

WHO:

Senator Cory Booker, Connecticut Democratic leaders, elected officials, activists

WHAT:

Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner

WHERE:

Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford

WHEN:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cory Booker won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. Prior to his election to the Senate, Booker served as mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, which under his leadership entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s — the first new downtown hotels were constructed in 40 years, the first new office towers in 20. During his tenure, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved with more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities and more efficient city services.

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