The Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman sparred over taxes, experience and Connecticut’s massive pension debt Thursday during their only debate, a live-streamed forum at NBC Connecticut in West Hartford.
About 100 people came to the Hartford Public Library to hear the gubernatorial contenders, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, and lieutenant governor candidates, Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, answer questions regarding education, immigration, policing, marijuana, and at times, even their perceived moral turpitude.
EAST HARTFORD — The carefully calibrated campaign of Susan Bysiewicz was on display Monday on a third-floor balcony overlooking the Connecticut River. A half-dozen elected officials sang the praises of Bysiewicz, studiously avoiding criticism or even mention of the young labor organizer opposing her in a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
The Connecticut Working Families Party, a labor offshoot that promotes progressive issues, announced Tuesday it was backing Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary over Susan Bysiewicz, the candidate endorsed by the Democratic state convention and gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont.
From New York to Los Angeles, insurgent and outsider candidates latched onto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, trying to connect to the 28-year-old community organizer and Democratic Socialist who stunned the political world this week by beating the U.S. House’s fourth-ranking Democrat in a congressional primary in New York City. In Connecticut, the Ocasio-Cortez victory nudged the Working Families Party closer towards dropping its neutrality in a Democratic primary.
The state AFL-CIO rejected convention-endorsed Democrats in two high-profile primaries Friday by backing political newcomers with strong union ties: Eva Bermudez Zimmerman for lieutenant governor and Jahana Hayes for the open 5th Congressional District seat.
The office is derided as the spare part of government, a job with few duties other than being available should the boss fall ill or worse. But primaries for lieutenant governor in Connecticut are asking Democrats and Republicans to think about their openness and appeal to millennials and minorities in a decidedly unsettled election cycle.
The Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor will be settled at an August primary between former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman of Newtown, whose protest candidacy blossomed into a full-blown campaign in just three days.
At the chaotic conclusion of a congressional nominating convention, teacher Jahana Hayes briefly had at least 171 votes, the minimum necessary to win. Young spectators, some of them Hayes’s former students getting their first peek at politics, wildly cheered Connecticut’s endorsement of a black woman for Congress. It turned into something else, with angry questions from the NAACP, complaints about the role of a U.S. senator — and just a whiff of a voting irregularity.
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who had a conversation with gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont about the possibility of becoming the Connecticut Democrats’ first Hispanic statewide nominee as his running mate before he picked Susan Bysiewicz, said Wednesday night she will seek the nomination for lieutenant governor Saturday.
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a Democratic labor organizer who was raised in Hartford and lives in Newtown, said she is filing papers Tuesday opening an exploratory campaign for secretary of the state, a potential first step in an attempt to become the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in Connecticut.