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Senate GOP Leader Fasano: CT Needs a Republican Governor, But It’s Not Me

August 9, 2017 By Staff
Senate GOP Leader Fasano: CT Needs a Republican Governor, But It’s Not Me

The leader of Connecticut's 18 Senate Republicans, who had not ruled out a run for the state's highest office, bowed out on Wednesday morning.

Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano (R-North Haven) announced on Wednesday morning that he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018, ending months of speculation.

In a statement released to media, Fasano said that he originally intended to wait until the end of the budget process, but that the drawn-out fight over the budget meant he head to “choose [his] path and let others know where [he] stand[s].”

“My original intention was to wait until the state budget was resolved to make a decision about running for governor. But as the budget process has persisted, and it does not seem likely that a vote will take place before the end of the month, I knew it was time to choose my path and let others know where I stand. It is only fair to the other hard working candidates, delegates, the party and the public to be upfront so that others can make important decisions to move the election process forward.

Fasano also affirmed his support for a Republican governor in 2018. “We need to move Connecticut in a different direction to create stability and restore confidence so we can grow opportunity for all people,” Fasano said.

“We need a Republican leader in the governor’s seat who brings political parties and people together, who is sensitive to the needs of all economic levels, who understands the importance of supporting our cities, and who can grow a stable economy so we can fund core programs that are important to this state. Connecticut is ready to overcome our challenges and ready to change.”

Fasano’s endorsement will be a powerful one, if he chooses to give it. He and 17 other Republican senators have held the line against tax hikes and expensive deals pushed by Democrats in Connecticut.