Bill Clinton is one of the most popular Democratic speakers, but the Republican state party says that bringing him to New Haven next week for a fundraiser and rally is a “risky move” for the re-election campaign of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The statement:

“We understand that Governor Malloy needs to raise money because he is behind in his race for re-election, but bringing former President Clinton here is a risky move. President Clinton insulted his wife and the American people by having an extramarital affair with a very young intern. This affair was conducted at least partly in the Oval Office when the president was supposed to be on the job serving the American people. We’d like to know if by bringing president Clinton here, Governor Malloy is condoning the president’s behavior in office.”

Correction: As originally posted, this item attributed the statement to GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr., not the party.

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Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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