CLOSING ARGUMENT: Kurt Miller, Comptroller CandidateMay 4, 2018
Reclaim Connecticut spoke to Miller, the first selectman of Seymour and Republican candidate for comptroller, this week.
What is First Selectman Kurt Miller’s (R-Seymour) closing argument for delegates choosing Republican-endorsed candidates at May’s GOP convention?
“Well I think I’m just gonna talk about my accomplishments and track record as first selectman,” Miller said. “I have a proven record of victories in the elections, where my opponent does not. So we’re gonna use things like that to kind of differentiate ourselves.”
Reclaim Connecticut caught up with Miller less than two weeks from the statewide GOP convention at Foxwoods. He’ll face off with businessman and former congressional candidate Mark Greenberg for the Republican Party’s endorsement.
A candidate has to earn the support of 15 percent of the delegates at the convention to automatically qualify for the August primary. If he or she doesn’t hit 15 percent, they can petition their way onto the primary ballot, though it can be a long and expensive process. Whoever earns 50 percent of delegates’ votes, after any number of rounds of voting, wins the party endorsement.
Miller feels very confident about 15 percent.
“We feel very comfortable going into the convention,” Miller said. “We’ve been picking up a lot of bigger endorsements from RTCs [Republican Town Committees].”
Miller said he feels he’s at the 50 percent needed to win the party’s endorsement, and maybe even the 85 percent needed to prevent Greenberg from being automatically eligible for a primary challenge.
“It’s a big number, it’s certainly going to be tough,” Miller said of the 85 percent. “But we’re certainly working towards that goal.”
Miller expressed hope that whoever loses at the May convention will seek to avoid a primary running throughout the summer.
“I would not primary, because I don’t think it’s what’s in the best interests [of] the party,” Miller said. “I hope my opponent would do the same. Because it’s not about us, it’s about what’s best for the residents of Connecticut.”
Miller returned to the topic later in Reclaim Connecticut’s talk with him.
“My hope is that the under-ticket races will not have primaries,” Miller said, referencing the lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general, and treasurer races. “There’s no reason we should have to wait until August.”
PUSHING TO THE END
Miller suggested that his campaign will continue pushing hard until the convention.
“We should be putting out another 40 or so endorsements in the next couple days,” Miller said. “And then I’m proud to announce that Themis Klarides, the House minority leader, will be doing my nominating speech.”
Miller added that State Rep. Chris Davis (R-Ellington) is doing Miller’s seconding speech.
“Those two understand probably better than most the peril that the state of Connecticut’s finances are in” Miller said. “To have their support, it means a lot to me. It says a lot about the direction of our campaign.”
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