J.R. Romano

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Tweet, Facebook post generate blowback at GOP

President Trump retweeted a cartoon image of a train running over a CNN reporter to his 35.9 million Twitter followers. Kyle Reyes, owner of a self-described “outrageous” Manchester marketing company, questioned in a Facebook video seen 36,000 times if the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., actually were actors hired by the political left. Both caused problems for the GOP. Continue Reading →

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Romano, other CT Republicans open to Trump administration jobs

WASHINGTON — After the Trump transition team selects candidates for top jobs, it will turn its attention to thousands of other positions it must fill – including the entire West Wing staff – and Connecticut GOP Party Chairman J.R. Romano and other state Republicans say they would not mind being in the mix. Continue Reading →

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Despite sweltering heat, Trump draws thousands, blasts Malloy

FAIRFIELD – Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump brushed aside skepticism about his decision to campaign in a deep-blue state and drew about 5,000 people to a rally here Saturday on the hottest day of the year. Trump tailored his message to include heavy criticism of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a litany of statistics about the state’s sluggish economy, and the pointed question, “How did you lose General Electric?” Continue Reading →

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CT GOP pushes a tight message, even if Trump and RNC won’t

CLEVELAND — Republicans go home Friday to begin testing a convention-crafted message of Donald J. Trump as the only answer for an America imperiled by Islamic jihadists, bad trade deals, Black Lives Matter, stagnant wages, environmental regulations, unchecked immigration, Washington elites, activist judges, Obamacare, gay marriage, a biased media and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue Reading →

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State by state, GOP says to Donald J. Trump: You’re hired!

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, the most unconventional of candidates, won the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night on the most enduring of political traditions, the state-by-state roll call that gave Connecticut’s young GOP chairman a fleeting moment in the spotlight and Trump’s oldest son a pivotal role.
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The Never-Trump dissidents are heard, if briefly

CLEVELAND — The Connecticut delegation stood with Donald J. Trump on Monday as the Republican National Convention opened with an unsuccessful rules fight by delegates still hoping to find a path to throw open the GOP nomination for president. The state’s GOP chairman called the rules fight “an act of petulance.” Continue Reading →

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Trump taps into angst of ’68, the foundation of gains for CT GOP

CLEVELAND — Richard Nixon, who opened a golden age of Republican presidential politics in Connecticut, promised a “silent majority” unnerved by assassinations, urban riots and war protests that “the long dark night for America is about to end.” Can Donald J. Trump do the same in an era of Twitter, 24/7 cable news, terrorism and police shootings? Continue Reading →

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Establishment well-represented among Trump’s CT delegates

Connecticut’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be a mix of neophytes smitten with the outsider politics of Donald J. Trump, as well as pillars of a GOP establishment still adjusting to him as the party’s presumptive nominee. The delegation includes three former state chairs, six legislators and a Greenwich fundraiser who was an ambassador under George W. Bush. Continue Reading →

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