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CT-Gov.: New Endorsements, Stewart’s In, and Updates From Teams Herbst and Lamont

March 26, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: New Endorsements, Stewart’s In, and Updates From Teams Herbst and Lamont

All the latest updates from the busy and crowded campaign trail.

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.

STEWART’S IN

As Reclaim Connecticut reported earlier in the week, Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain) announced she’s all in on the gubernatorial race. She has the potential to shake up both the May convention and the August primary.

BOUGHTON ENDORSEMENTS

Unsurprisingly, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) won the endorsement, and pledged delegate votes, for the Danbury Republican Town Committee (RTC).

He also announced endorsements from Stratford Town Council Chairman James Connor, Montville Town Councilman Jeff Rogers, and Brookfield Selectman Harry Shaker.

HERBST BLASTS BAILOUT, ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS

Former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) was not happy with the news Hartford is getting a taxpayer-funded bailout from the state:

“It is the latest slap in the face to struggling Connecticut taxpayers for Gov. Malloy and his insider allies in Hartford to hand an irresponsibly managed city a $550 million bailout, while simultaneously proposing new damaging tax hikes and fees and further savage cuts to education for dozens of well-managed municipalities to close the state budget deficit,” Herbst said.

Herbst also announced six new endorsements on Monday, including two from RTC chairs (Cindy Cartier of Guilford and Nancy Nastri of Orange), two from Orange (Nastri and Board of Education Chairman Bill Kraut), and two from West Harford (former RTC Chair Peter Martin and Town Council Minority Leader Chris Barnes).

WALKER ENDORSEMENTS

Dave Walker announced ten more political endorsements for his campaign, including former First Selectman Allen Bacchiochi (R-Stafford), State Central Committee member Allen Levy (Westport), and RTC activists from Fairfield (Peter Ambrose, Rob Scinto), Colchester (Andreas Bisbikos), Sprague (Diane Generous), and Stafford (Michael Pifer, Alex Pifer).

“I appreciate the support of these latest political leaders from around Connecticut,” Walker said. “As I travel around the state, it is clear that people understand we are facing a fiscal crisis and they want a Professional Problem Solver who can put our state’s finances in order.”

LAMONT ROLLS OUT GUN MEASURES

Democratic candidate Ned Lamont announced his support for a series of gun measures, his tweets coinciding with the March for Our Lives around the nation this weekend.