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Somers emerges winner of GOP lieutenant governor nomination

The Republican primary battle for lieutenant governor appeared to be over by mid-afternoon Wednesday when state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Somers conceded the narrow contest to former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers. Though official results still hadn’t been confirmed yet, Bacchiochi issued a written statement by email around 2:30 p.m. in which she pledged to work for party unity. Continue Reading →

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Boughton-Lauretti ‘cautiously optimistic’ on petitions

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. Continue Reading →

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Boughton loses running mate, looks to Lauretti

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. Continue Reading →

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McKinney, Walker form ticket, then each finishes third

Updated 1:29 p.m. Uncasville – As delegates prepared Saturday to endorse a Republican nominee for governor, John P. McKinney introduced his running mate, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, as “a turnaround specialist” who would be a full partner in overseeing an economic recovery in Connecticut. Walker finished third in balloting, but qualified for a primary. Continue Reading →

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Bacchiochi apologizes, Walker accepts

After a night of drama about statements attributed to Penny Bacchiochi about David Walker making issue of her biracial marriage, Bacchiochi and Walker issued a joint statement Friday: She apologized; he accepted. Bacchiochi and Walker are candidates for lieutenant governor. Statement from Penny Bacchiochi: “I regret that this misunderstanding occurred and has taken the focus away from what is really important, electing a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Neither Dave Walker nor his campaign made any insensitive remarks toward me or my family. I apologize to Dave and his family. Continue Reading →

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Foley-McKinney? A flirtation. McKinney-Walker? A deal

Updated 11:22 p.m.: There was the distant possibility of a “dream ticket,” one that might avoid a primary. One candidate for lieutenant governor apologized for suggesting that a rival had made a racially insensitive remark. And a new alliance for governor and lieutenant governor eventaully was confirmed. Welcome to what was supposed to be a low-key opening day of the GOP state convention. Continue Reading →

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Bacchiochi ends exploratory, declares candidacy for LG

A year after forming an exploratory committee, Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, R-Stafford, declared her candidacy Monday for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Bacchiochi said she has closed her exploratory committee, which she says has raised $75,000, and will transition to a candidate committee in the next 14 days. Her goal is to qualify for public financing before the Republican nominating convention May 17. She needs to raise $75,000 in individual donations of no more than $100 to qualify. An exploratory committee can accept maximum contributions of $375, so not all donations accepted by that committee can be applied to the qualifying amount. Continue Reading →

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Walker switches from outside to inside game

David M. Walker once set for himself the task of saving the United States from crippling debt, a threat he sees as worthy of comparisons to the fall of the Roman Empire. Now, he will settle for saving Connecticut from bonding debt and unfunded pension obligations from a perch on the state’s Republican under ticket. Continue Reading →

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