New Britain’s young Republican mayor, Erin Stewart, opened an exploratory campaign for governor Monday to test whether Connecticut is ready to elect its first millennial to statewide office. She announced her plans on Facebook Live.
Rep. Danny S. Rovero, D-Killingly, a fiscal conservative who repeatedly has broken with his caucus on budget votes, announced Monday he will not seek re-election this fall from the Quiet Corner of northeast Connecticut, a blow to Democrats trying to maintain a fragile majority in the state House of Representatives.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed the exploratory campaign for attorney general of his former policy assistant, Susan Hatfield, in a letter that praises her work as a state prosecutor and makes no mention of the controversy generated by a Democrat’s tweet saying her support of Donald J. Trump makes her “a full-force racist enabler.”
Susan Hatfield, a state prosecutor from eastern Connecticut who was a Donald J. Trump delegate in 2016 and once worked in Washington as a young policy aide to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, opened an exploratory campaign Monday for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Connecticut Republicans, including a gubernatorial candidate who once employed him as a spokesman, quickly distanced themselves Friday from Carl Higbie, the brash former Navy SEAL from Greenwich who resigned from a Trump administration post after CNN uncovered a string of bigoted and insensitive remarks.
At a transportation forum for Democratic and unaffiliated candidates, an independent offered the broadest prescription for how to stabilize and grow a special transportation fund now projected to hit insolvency by 2022, leaving the state unable to borrow money to address a growing backlog of transportation needs.
Julie Kushner of Danbury, a longtime political and union organizer as a UAW leader and co-chair of the Connecticut Working Families Party, said Thursday she is running for state Senate, hoping to tap into the wellspring of political activism by women generated by the election of Donald J. Trump as president. She is seeking a seat last won by a Democrat in 1994.
Arunan Arulampalam, a Hartford lawyer who advises financial institutions on debt and equity issues, declared his candidacy Thursday for the Democratic nomination to succeed Denise L. Nappier as state treasurer. He is one of two Democrats and two Republicans seeking the open seat.
Ned Lamont, who burst into politics with an antiwar campaign against Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman a dozen years ago, opened a campaign for governor Wednesday with an early-morning email blast and a two-minute, slickly produced video calling Connecticut a beautiful state “that’s been failed by the political class for 30, 40 years.”
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, the first Democrat in the race to succeed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, ended his campaign Friday, two days after filing a finance report showing it with more debt than cash. His running mate, Rep. Liz Linehan of Cheshire, also quit the race for lieutenant governor.
Shawn Wooden, the former president of the Hartford City Council, and state Sen. Art Linares, R-Westbrook, have opened campaigns to succeed Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, the Democrat who announced last week she would not seek a sixth term in 2018.
The gubernatorial campaign of Middletown Mayor Dan Drew is teetering with more debt than cash and the prospect of new competition for the Democratic nomination from two fundraising juggernauts, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Susan Bysiewicz, and a third candidate with the resources to self-fund a campaign, Ned Lamont.
Eleven candidates were invited, nine accepted and two bickered to the point that another proclaimed the night “an embarrassment.” And so it went Wednesday in the second of the Connecticut Republican Party’s five monthly showcases of the politicians vying to become the GOP nominee for governor in 2018.
Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz confirmed Wednesday what has been apparent from her aggressive fundraising: What began in April as an exploratory campaign for state Senate has morphed into a test of her viability as a candidate in a Democratic primary for governor.
Updated: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday
Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz showed signs Tuesday night of edging toward a run for the Democratic nomination for governor as Lamont began polling and allies of Bysiewicz helped expel Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, an early candidate for governor and a rival for support in their shared political base of the city, from the Democratic Town Committee.