EXCLUSIVE: Former U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Carter Talks Murphy, Malloy, and ’18April 14, 2017
Former U.S. Senate candidate Dan Carter, a Republican, wrote the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) a letter on Chris Murphy's new anti-Trump efforts this week.
Dan Carter, a former Republican state representative who ran for U.S. Senate against Richard Blumenthal last year, wrote the state’s elections regulator this week asking them to monitor the activity of a new political group set up by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to organize Connecticut Democrats.
On Thursday, Reclaim Connecticut talked to Carter about his letter, the news that Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) will not run for re-election in 2018, and his own prospects for future office.
The letter to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) was a warning, Carter said, about the possibility Murphy will use federal campaign contributions to organize Connecticut Democrats at the state level.
“It really made my alarm bells go off,” Carter said.
The former U.S. Senate candidate noted that Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) and the Connecticut Democratic Party (@CTDems) had tweeted words of encouragement at each other when Murphy started the group:
.@ChrisMurphyCT Senator Murphy will be a great partner as we work tirelessly to harness grassroots energy and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.
— Connecticut Dems (@CTDems) April 7, 2017
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 7, 2017
“There’s nobody taking the Democrats to task before they do something,” Carter said, referencing the heat Malloy and the state Democratic Party took for activities in the 2014 campaign.
On the breaking news that Malloy is not seeking re-election in 2018, Carter said: “I don’t think it was a total surprise.”
“His approval rating’s not doing that great,” the Republican added, possibly a reference to Malloy’s 29 percent approval rating in a recent Morning Consult poll.
But, Carter said, “he’s probably doing the right thing by getting out of the way early.”
Reclaim Connecticut asked Carter about whether he has another run in him, after falling short of defeating Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in 2016.
Carter did not rule it out: “It just depends on the timing, and what’s happening.”
“If I have a chance to serve,” Carter said he’ll look at it. For now, though his intentions are about “doing what’s right, and not about me.”
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