FAIRFIELD — A question about eliminating the income tax sparked a protracted exchange of charges, countercharges and insults Tuesday between the two Republican gubernatorial contenders with the least political experience and biggest television advertising budgets: businessmen David Stemerman of Greenwich and Bob Stefanowski of Madison.
NEW CANAAN — The fifth and final episode of a road show produced by Connecticut Republicans and starring an evolving cast of gubernatorial contenders came to an end Wednesday night without resolving a key plot point: Is the GOP any closer to settling on a front runner?
The first of two televised debates between Republicans Tom Foley and John P. McKinney was less an exploration of policy differences than an effort to define each other and the Democrat they hope to succeed, Dannel P. Malloy. Foley painted McKinney as an insider; McKinney depicted Foley as too bland, cautious and vague to lead.
American politics is replete with memorable, even game-changing moments at presidential debates. Gore sighed. Bush glanced at his watch. An elderly Reagan deflated the age issue by promising not to make an issue of his opponent’s youth and inexperience. At the gubernatorial level? Not so much.
Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, wants the Republican field of gubernatorial contenders to spend more time together: He is proposing 10 debates, two in each of the five congressional districts.