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CT-Gov.: New Ads, Endorsements, and Reclaim Connecticut Exclusives

July 2, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: New Ads, Endorsements, and Reclaim Connecticut Exclusives

The latest update from the busy Connecticut gubernatorial campaign trail.

This is Reclaim Connecticut’s latest update from the eight-person gubernatorial field. See our last update, from two weeks ago, here.


Reclaim Connecticut was the only outlet in the state last week to publish four exclusive interviews with gubernatorial candidates. Read our discussions with David Stemerman, Mark Boughton, Steve Obsitnik, and Bob Stefanowski.


Former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) released his first ad of the GOP primary on Friday. The radio ad, titled “Brink,” contrasts Herbst with Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.).

“The last eight years of Dan Malloy’s job-crushing, tax-hiking agenda have pushed Connecticut to the brink,” Herbst said. “In order to turn things around we need a governor with the leadership, vision and guts to shake things up.”


Herbst’s campaign also announced a fresh endorsement from the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL), a pro-gun rights group in the state.

“I am honored to have the support of thousands of law-abiding gun owners who need a champion in the face of an extreme assault on their constitutional rights from Dan Malloy and his insider allies in Hartford,” Herbst said.

Meanwhile, ex-gubernatorial candidate Dave Walker made a series of endorsements in the 2018 races:

  • Bob Stefanowski for governor
  • Jayme Stevenson for lieutenant governor
  • John Shaban for attorney general
  • Thad Gray for treasurer
  • Kurt Miller for comptroller
  • Susan Chapman for secretary of state

And ex-gubernatorial candidate Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton) also endorsed Gray for treasurer. “Thad Gray knows how to get things done and has a record in the financial world to prove it,” Lauretti said.


David Stemerman added staffers from a number of former GOP gubernatorial campaigns, including Bill Evans (the Lauretti campaign) and Nicole Palmieri (the Mike Handler campaign).

Meanwhile, Herbst brought a recognizable face to Hartford last week: Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), came to the capital city to applaud Herbst’s signing of Norquist’s “No New Taxes” pledge.

Norquist did not endorse in the race for governor.