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CT-Gov.: RGA Jumps In, Busy Week for Down Ballot, Finance/Endorsement News

April 16, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: RGA Jumps In, Busy Week for Down Ballot, Finance/Endorsement News

All the latest updates from the campaign trail. The convention is less than a month away.

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.


The Republican Governors Association (RGA) may be playing in Connecticut this fall.

The group reported last week that it has reserved ad time in the state:

The RGA, directly or with partner organizations, reserved ad time in Alaska ($1.5 million), Connecticut ($1.7 million), and Minnesota ($2.3 million). These three states are top pick-up opportunities for Republicans, and these reservations are just the beginning of GOP efforts to win these governorships.


Two top Republican contenders for governor, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) and former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), each released announcements on campaign finance and endorsements last week.

Boughton announced last Monday he “filed for a pre-application review with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC).” If approved, he’ll receive state funding for the primary and general election campaigns. Herbst announced his cumulative fundraising total so far is $254,554, “above the critical $250,000 threshold to qualify for the Citizens Election Program.”

Herbst also announced eight new endorsements this Monday, led by the East Haven Republican Town Committee (RTC), East Haven’s RTC chairman (Robert Parente) and its mayor (Joe Maturo). He announced 10 endorsements last Monday, including 2014 GOP nominee for state comptroller Sharon McLaughlin. Boughton announced endorsements from the New Fairfield and Montville RTCs.


Dave Walker, meanwhile announced endorsements from the RTC chairs of Litchfield (Bill Burgess) and Somers (Dave Drinan). Walker said:

“Our campaign’s momentum builds every day. I’m grateful for all those who are joining are movement to save Connecticut. We have a plan to solve our state’s problems and we will have a team to make sure it happens.”

Thad Gray, one of two Republican candidates for state treasurer, announced an endorsement from Stanley “Bud” Morten, a former member of the State’s Investment Advisory Council. The council “provides advice and guidance to the Office of the Treasurer on investment strategy and performance,” according to Gray. Gray announced the endorsements of the New Fairfield and Norfolk RTCs earlier in the week.

Gray also spoke out about the state’s credit downgrade, tying it to the state’s bailout of Hartford and saying, in part:

“It is inevitable that when you add $550 million of additional debt to the state’s balance sheet, your credit rating will suffer,” said Gray. “The Hartford bailout is another clear example of why we must rid our state government of political operators who have no concern for the debt they are racking up and how to pay for it.”

John Shaban, a Republican candidate for attorney general, announced endorsements from the Darien and New Fairfield RTCs, and from the RTC chairs of Norwalk (Mark Suda) and Darien (Brent Hayes).