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CT-Gov.: Endorsement Battles Heat Up

April 23, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: Endorsement Battles Heat Up

The statewide party conventions are less than three weeks away. Many candidates are rushing to grow their endorsement list ahead of what's expected to be contentious fights.

Every Monday, Reclaim Connecticut will bring readers an update on campaign trail activity from the crowded Connecticut gubernatorial race. See last week’s update here.


Reclaim Connecticut’s inbox was full with endorsement announcements this week.

  • Dave Walker announced 10 new endorsements, including Kent Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chair Scott Harvey, former Bethel RTC Chair Bill Hillman, and former CEOs from Nestle Waters North America (Kim Jeffrey) and Pan American World Airways (Bill Waltrip)
  • Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton) announced nine new endorsements, including Derby RTC Chair Sam Pollastro, ex-First Selectman Robert J. Koskelowski (R-Seymour), and Watertown Town Council Chairman Tom Winn
  • Former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) announced eight new endorsements, including State Reps. Robert Siegrest (R-Haddam), Craig Fishbein (R-Wallingford) and Mike France (R-Ledyard), the Norwich RTC, and West Hartford RTC Chair Dennis Watson
  • Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) announced 26 new endorsements, including State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-Easton), Selectman Paul Statkowski (R-Bethel), 10 Danbury City Council members, and three RTCs (East Lyme, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield)


In a part of an interview with Peter Lumaj (and published by the Mark Lauretti campaign), WTNH reporter George Colli identified the four GOP candidates that party insiders say have the 15 percent of delegates necessary to automatically qualify for the primary at May’s GOP convention: Lumaj, Herbst, Lauretti, and Boughton (in no particular order).

In a sign that no town will go unfought for at the convention in a few weeks, Boughton’s campaign touted the mayor’s win at a straw poll conducted by the Naugatuck RTC. Those numbers, shared by a campaign source, had Boughton winning 13 votes at the straw poll, more than the next three candidates combined.


David Stemerman, a businessman and GOP gubernatorial candidate, pitched his fiscal stability plan at the final CT GOP gubernatorial debate last week. See his interview with us about the plan from early April.


Ned Lamont, maybe the top Democratic contender in the gubernatorial race following the departure of Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford), has been tweeting non-stop about Earth Day and the environment over the last two days.

The ex-businessman’s most recent tweet, as of this writing, was an article about Scott Pruitt:

It’s unclear how Scott Pruitt’s ethical conflicts would impact Lamont’s duties as governor.


Thad Gray, a Republican running for treasurer, announced the endorsement of Bart Shuldman, “a businessman who recently was appointed by House Minority Leader Themis Klarides to the Municipal Accountability Review Board (MARB).”

Mark Greenberg, a businessman and former congressional candidate, announced he’s sticking with his comptroller’s candidacy, meaning he’ll fight it out with Kurt Miller at the May convention (and, potentially, the August primary). Greenberg was rumored to be considering another run at the Fifth Congressional District.