WASHINGTON — Mud began to fly Wednesday in what was a quiet GOP primary race for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s seat, as the Ruby Corby O’Neill hit fellow Republican Rich DuPont for his failure to file a financial disclosure form or say he stands by the content of a recently released cable ad, as federal law requires.
It’s not every day that a candidate claims the endorsement of an unspecified former Portuguese vice president, but that claim prompted an unusual exchange of demands between the two contenders for the GOP nomination. The campaigns have since reached a truce on the matter.
He’s getting another crack at the governor. Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman who lost to Dannel P. Malloy by half a percentage point in 2010, easily won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, weathering a late push by state Sen. John P. McKinney of Fairfield, the challenger he ignored until recently. Heather Bond Somers led the three-way primary for lieutenant governor, but a recount is expected.
At the Lebanon Country Fair, John P. McKinney worked Sunday to win the vote of a no-nonsense trucker, ex-Marine and Second Amendment defender named Wayne Lanham.
Three weeks from the Republican primary for governor, Tom Foley is suggesting that his rival for the nomination, Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, end his campaign and endorse Foley. McKinney is making his own suggestion: Foley should try engaging on the issues.
At the opening of his campaign headquarters, John P. McKinney had the blessing of friends, even the priest who managed his father’s first congressional campaign. He claims to have momentum, but is it enough to close on Tom Foley in the three weeks before the GOP primary for governor?
In a new television commercial, John P. McKinney hits his Republican rival, Tom Foley, for suggesting in an ad that McKinney supported tax and other policies of the Democrat both are trying to unseat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumped into Connecticut’s Republican primary for governor Monday, endorsing Tom Foley over John P. McKinney with a promise to devote his time and the GOP’s money to unseat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The Republican gubernatorial ticket of John P. McKinney and his running mate, David M. Walker, said Wednesday they have qualified for $1.35 million in public financing for the GOP primary and are rushing to air a commercial produced this week.
Republicans go the polls in a statewide primary on Aug. 12 to pick the top of their ticket. But the secretary of the state announced Tuesday there also are 20 other primaries for state legislative and probate nominations — eight involving Democratic legislative incumbents whose careers are on the line.
Mark Boughton’s gubernatorial campaign was “cautiously optimistic” Tuesday it had filed sufficient signatures by the 4 p.m. deadline to qualify his running mate, Mark Lauretti, for the Republican primary in August. But there were glitches, including no one present at Bridgewater town hall to accept the petitions.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney of Fairfield, who finished second and third in balloting for governor at the GOP state convention Saturday, filed papers Thursday that place them on the ballot for a Republican primary on Aug. 14. But Boughton’s running mate, Heather Bond Somers, declared herself a free agent.