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CT-Gov.: Endorsements Galore as CTGOP Convention Approaches

May 7, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: Endorsements Galore as CTGOP Convention Approaches

We're in the home stretch before GOP delegates choose candidates to endorse at the party convention. Candidates are making sure delegates know about their final rounds of endorsements.

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 will spend much of this week rolling out its “Closing Argument” series, where candidates have a chance to tell May convention delegates and August primary voters about their campaigns for statewide office. Already out are interviews with:

  • Mark Greenberg, candidate for comptroller
  • First Selectman Kurt Miller (R-Seymour), candidate for comptroller
  • Dave Walker, candidate for governor
  • Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton), candidate for governor

Look out this week for interviews with:

  • Thad Gray, candidate for treasurer
  • Stamford CFO Mike Handler, candidate for governor
  • State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington), candidate for lieutenant governor
  • David Stemerman, candidate for governor
  • Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), candidate for governor
  • Steve Obsitnik, candidate for governor
  • John Shaban, candidate for attorney general
  • Tim Herbst, candidate for governor

We have also reached out to the campaigns of Peter Lumaj (running for governor), Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain; running for governor), Susan Hatfield (running for attorney general), and State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook; running for treasurer). We’ll let our readers know if we hear a response.


Here are some of the endorsement announcements Reclaim Connecticut received this week (in the order they hit our inbox):

  • State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) endorsed Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain), saying “[i]n Mayor Erin Stewart I see the dynamic ability to embrace the new advances and challenges while keeping true to our values.” Later in the week, Stewart announced that former Mayor Ann Uccello (R-Hartford) endorsed her.
  • Former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) announced nine new endorsements (he has 132 in total). This round was led by State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-Milford), two CTGOP state central committee members (Michael McDonald and Paul Carbo), and Berlin Republican Town Committee (RTC) Chair Ann Reilly; later in the week, Herbst announced the endorsements of the “unanimous” Stamford and Groton RTCs.
  • Dave Walker announced 10 endorsements, including several RTC members, New Haven RTC Chair Jeff Weiss, and the Connecticut Taekwondo Alliance; later in the week, Walker announced the endorsement of the Fairfield RTC.
  • Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) announced endorsements from six elected officials (including five state representatives) and seven “grassroots leaders” (including the Bethel RTC) last week; on Monday, he announced the endorsement of Rep. Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford). Boughton has 150 endorsements in total.
  • Businessman and Stamford CFO Mike Handler announced 25 new endorsements (he has 75 in total). Teleos Management Daniel Gressel endorsed Handler; Gressel is also the chairman of the free-market non-profit Yankee Institute (though Gressel’s endorsement does not mean Yankee is endorsing, because they are a non-profit).


Several updates this week from races further down the ballot, too:

  • Matt Corey’s campaign for U.S. Senate announced endorsements from the Bethel, Canton, Pomfret, and Windsor Locks RTCs, as well as Mayor Enzo Faienza (R-Cromwell); Corey faces Dominic Rapini and Joe Visconti at the statewide convention this weekend.
  • Rapini’s campaign for U.S. Senate shared with Reclaim Connecticut a list of his endorsements heading into convention week. Rapini has endorsements from state representatives, a state senator, and the president of the Connecticut College Republicans.

  • Rich DuPont, a businessman also involved in community service, announced his Republican candidacy for the Fifth Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.); “I am not a politician,” DuPont said, “I have spent my career supporting job creation and helping manufacturers achieve success.”
  • John Shaban, who’s running for attorney general, announced an endorsement from Deputy State Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton). Shaban also announced Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) will give his nominating speech at the CTGOP convention this weekend.
  • Thad Gray, a Republican running for treasurer, announced endorsements from the Stamford and Sprague RTCs.