J.R. Romano

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Despite sweltering heat, Trump draws thousands, blasts Malloy

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump holds a sign he said showed how little he had received in contributions from people who work at hedge funds compared to Hillary Clinton.

FAIRFIELD – Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump brushed aside skepticism about his decision to campaign in a deep-blue state and drew about 5,000 people to a rally here Saturday on the hottest day of the year. Trump tailored his message to include heavy criticism of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a litany of statistics about the state’s sluggish economy, and the pointed question, “How did you lose General Electric?” Continue Reading →

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CT GOP pushes a tight message, even if Trump and RNC won’t

Behind Rep. Anthony D;Amelio of Waterbury, at right, is a West Virginia delegation happy to make coal jobs a GOP priority. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — Republicans go home Friday to begin testing a convention-crafted message of Donald J. Trump as the only answer for an America imperiled by Islamic jihadists, bad trade deals, Black Lives Matter, stagnant wages, environmental regulations, unchecked immigration, Washington elites, activist judges, Obamacare, gay marriage, a biased media and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue Reading →

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State by state, GOP says to Donald J. Trump: You’re hired!

Former Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon applauds as state Chair J.R. Romano casts Connecticut's 28 votes for Trump. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, the most unconventional of candidates, won the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night on the most enduring of political traditions, the state-by-state roll call that gave Connecticut’s young GOP chairman a fleeting moment in the spotlight and Trump’s oldest son a pivotal role.
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The Never-Trump dissidents are heard, if briefly

From left in front row, Connecticut delegates J.R. Romano, Patricia Longo and Mary Ann R. Turner. Read the story here.

CLEVELAND — The Connecticut delegation stood with Donald J. Trump on Monday as the Republican National Convention opened with an unsuccessful rules fight by delegates still hoping to find a path to throw open the GOP nomination for president. The state’s GOP chairman called the rules fight “an act of petulance.” Continue Reading →

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Trump taps into angst of ’68, the foundation of gains for CT GOP

Delegate credentials

CLEVELAND — Richard Nixon, who opened a golden age of Republican presidential politics in Connecticut, promised a “silent majority” unnerved by assassinations, urban riots and war protests that “the long dark night for America is about to end.” Can Donald J. Trump do the same in an era of Twitter, 24/7 cable news, terrorism and police shootings? Continue Reading →

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Establishment well-represented among Trump’s CT delegates

Donald Trump invites Rep. Tony D'Amelio, R-Waterbury, onto the stage during an April rally at Crosby High School in Waterbury. D'Amelio will be a delegate to the GOP convention.

Connecticut’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be a mix of neophytes smitten with the outsider politics of Donald J. Trump, as well as pillars of a GOP establishment still adjusting to him as the party’s presumptive nominee. The delegation includes three former state chairs, six legislators and a Greenwich fundraiser who was an ambassador under George W. Bush. Continue Reading →

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Fiorina keynote speaker for a CT GOP that went big for Trump

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina was announced nine days ago as the keynote speaker of the Connecticut GOP’s annual fundraiser, the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner. She signed on Wednesday to the stop-Trump movement as Ted Cruz’s running mate, less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump won the Connecticut primary in a landslide. Continue Reading →

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State Rep. Carter ‘seriously considering’ Blumenthal challenge

Rep. Dan Carter

WASHINGTON — State Representative Dan Carter, a Republican from Bethel, is weighing a run against Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “I am seriously considering it,” Carter said. “So much so that I withdrew all my filings to run for re-election in the state assembly.” Continue Reading →

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Bush departure opens field in CT for GOP presidential candidates

Jeb Bush

WASHINGTON – No GOP presidential candidate raised as much campaign money or made as many stops in Connecticut as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose departure from the race gives those remaining in the GOP field a better shot at the state’s delegates. But members of the state’s Republican power structure haven’t, for the most part, indicated who they will support. Continue Reading →

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No surprises on ballot choices for CT presidential primary

Democrat Nick Balletto promoted his candidate at event with Republican J.R. Romano and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

There were no surprises or controversies Tuesday in Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s choices for ballot access in the April 26 primary in Connecticut: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic ballot; The Republicans are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald J. Trump. Continue Reading →

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