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CT-Gov.: Results of “March Madness,” Lumaj Hits CEP, Fights Over McDonald

April 2, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: Results of “March Madness,” Lumaj Hits CEP, Fights Over McDonald

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.

Another businessman running on the Republican side, Bob Stefanowski, appeared to push back on Lumaj’s announcement in a Monday afternoon tweet.

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.

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.

Bronin has made that pledge. See where he and the other gubernatorial candidates stand on McDonald here.