November 29, 2017/Press Releases

A day later, not a word from Connecticut Republicans

Hartford, Ct. – Nearly a day after white supremacist Lucian Wintrich physically attacked a UConn student, most Connecticut Republicans remain silent. The UConn College Republicans — who invited Wintrich to give a speech entitled “It’s Okay To Be White” — and the Connecticut Republican Party have so far said nothing. In fact, the only comment from a Connecticut Republican came from Bristol State Rep. Cara Pavalock-D’Amato, who tried to blame a physical attack by a white supremacist on the “corrupt, lying media.”

Sadly, this is not the first time this year that JR Romano and Connecticut Republicans have either refused to speak out against racism within the GOP or defended the tactics of violent racists.

  • In August, Romano not only refused to speak out against the violent, murderous racists who rioted in Charlottesville, but also attempted to make a false equivalency between the Black Lives Matter movement and those white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
  • Also in August, Romano, state Senator Art Linares, state Representative Bob Siegrist, state Representative Jesse MacLachlan, and many other GOP dignitaries spoke at a fundraiser featuring Michelle Malkin, who literally wrote a book supporting the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and profiling of Muslim Americans today.
  • Also in August, State Rep. Sam Belsito went on television and said that some white supremacists and neo-Nazis are good people. No Connecticut Republican publicly spoke out against him.

“We hoped that Connecticut Republicans would stand up and be counted, joining Democrats in forcefully condemning white supremacy. Yet once again they remain silent. This may well be a political calculus made by the Connecticut Republican Party, but we believe Connecticut residents deserve better than this from the two major political parties.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell