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“Fiscal Conservative” or “Progressive”? The Contradiction in Lembo’s Campaign Bio

April 27, 2017 By Staff
“Fiscal Conservative” or “Progressive”? The Contradiction in Lembo’s Campaign Bio

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) announced he's exploring a run for governor on Tuesday. Will he run as a fiscal hawk or a progressive?

There’s a slight contradiction between how State Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) describes his job on his new campaign website and how he describes it on the state comptroller‘s website.

Lembo announced he’s exploring a run for governor on Thursday:

Lembo appears to be running – at least in the upcoming Democratic primary for governor – as a progressive. See his campaign’s description of his job as comptroller (emphasis ours):

As the state’s chief fiscal guardian, Kevin is driven by strong progressive principles and data-driven decisions that boost Connecticut’s working families, expand opportunity, and promote equality. He provides an independent voice in reporting on the state’s financial and economic outlook.

Now see his state office’s description of his job as comptroller (emphasis also ours):

As the state’s chief fiscal guardian, he has used his office to serve as an independent voice in reporting on the state’s financial and economic outlook. With an emphasis on finding common ground across sectors and politics, Lembo has developed and implemented several ongoing fiscal policy initiatives with common goals: taming Connecticut’s revenue volatility and achieving financial stability and predictability.

The emphasis on Lembo’s progressive politics is especially puzzling, given he described himself as “a social liberal and fiscal conservative” in February, according to the Meriden Record-Journal.

Can a candidate run as a “strong progressive” and a “fiscal conservative” at the same time?