“Fiscal Conservative” or “Progressive”? The Contradiction in Lembo’s Campaign BioApril 27, 2017
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?
Lembo announced he’s exploring a run for governor on Thursday:
Today, I announced an exploratory committee to consider a run for Governor because it's time to shake up Hartford: https://t.co/s1UgVZU7il
— Kevin Lembo (@KevinLembo) April 27, 2017
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?
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