CT-Gov.: Results of “March Madness,” Lumaj Hits CEP, Fights Over McDonaldApril 2, 2018
All the latest updates from the campaign trail, as the calendar turns to April.
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.
HERBST WINS “MARCH MADNESS”
In an online, non-scientific, “March Madness”-style poll from CT News Junkie, former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) defeated Democrat Sean Connolly and independent Oz Griebel. Herbst won 71 percent of the poll vote.
Herbst said he was “thrilled” with the results, highlighting Republicans’ “significant enthusiasm advantage in November if we nominate a proven reformer and Hartford outsider.”
LUMAJ EARNS CEP QUALIFICATION
Businessman Peter Lumaj claimed to hit the qualification totals for the Citizens Election Program (CEP) on Monday, which would make him eligible for primary and general election grants in the coming months.
Friends – I am happy to report our internal records indicate that Lumaj For CT is qualified for CEP! Together, between our exploratory and campaign efforts, we were able to raise nearly $500,000 an amazing accomplishment! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/Uxi16mukvc
— Peter Lumaj (@PeterLumaj) April 2, 2018
Another businessman running on the Republican side, Bob Stefanowski, appeared to push back on Lumaj’s announcement in a Monday afternoon tweet.
Today, another career politician bragged that he has qualified for $1.2 Million of taxpayer money to fund his campaign. I have rejected taxpayer funding! Candidates should raise money from people who want to give, not force our hard working taxpayers to pay for their campaigns!
— Bob Stefanowski (@bobforgovernor) April 2, 2018
BOUGHTON JOINS CNN AFFILIATE
Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) appeared on HLN (a CNN affiliate) last week, to talk about his plan to end the state income tax.
— Team Boughton (@TeamBoughton) March 30, 2018
WALKER BLASTS BAILOUT
Dave Walker called the state of Connecticut’s bailout for the city of Hartford “outrageous.” “State taxpayers are already overburdened with debt, and this will only make it worse,” Walker said.
BRONIN V. BYSIEWICZ
Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford) threw some shade at Susan Bysiewicz for not pledging to renominate Malloy ally Andrew McDonald for chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court if she’s elected governor.
Disappointed in this response, @SusanForCT. By saying you’d renominate Justice McDonald, you wouldn't be politicizing the process any further – you'd be saying loud and clear that we're not going to let Trump-McConnell politics win. @ctEQUALITY @ActTogetherCT pic.twitter.com/Qh2PBq4AYB
— Luke Bronin (@MayorBronin) March 30, 2018
Bronin has made that pledge. See where he and the other gubernatorial candidates stand on McDonald here.
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