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Team Tolls? Lamont, Bysiewicz to Team Up on CT-Gov. Campaign

May 15, 2018 By Staff
Team Tolls? Lamont, Bysiewicz to Team Up on CT-Gov. Campaign

The two former rivals will form a ticket, just days ahead of the Connecticut Democratic Convention.

Businessman Ned Lamont and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn.) will end their political rivalry on Tuesday, teaming up for a governor-lieutenant governor bid just days ahead of the Connecticut Democrats’ convention.

The Hartford Courant‘s Daniela Altimari was one of several reporters to tweet the news on Tuesday morning:

And the Courant‘s Neil Vigdor tweeted the announcement will happen at 11 a.m.

Bysiewicz had been running for governor, but insiders increasingly saw Lamont as having the inside track to the party’s endorsement for governor this weekend.

Perhaps of most relevance to Connecticut residents at this time is that Lamont and Bysiewicz are both on board with the most divisive issue from Connecticut’s past legislative session: tolls.

Reclaim Connecticut noted last week that Lamont “embraced” tolling in January 2018 (according to The CT Mirror) and Bysiewicz is also on board (according to Kevin Rennie’s Daily Ructions).

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) noted both candidates’ support for tolls, but also tied them to “Failed Governor Dan Malloy’s job-killing policies.”

Connecticut Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont is making it clear to voters that he is running for a third term of Failed Governor Dan Malloy’s job-killing policies. Today, Lamont announced Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate, another tax hiker who is committed to imposing more crippling tax and fee increases on working Connecticut families.

Like Lamont, Bysiewicz has strongly backed Malloy’s statewide electronic highway tolling proposal and has a long record of supporting tax hikes within the state.

It appears the Democrats have their leading fall ticket. Republicans will pick among up to seven gubernatorial candidates, and three lieutenant gubernatorial candidates, this August.