Oz Griebel is on the ballot. It’s time now to see if potential donors pay attention, if the invitations to debates and forums come and if lightning strikes — something happens that gives Griebel a moment that connects with disaffected voters. If there exists a third-party Zeitgeist in Connecticut in 2018, he has yet to find it.
Oz Griebel, a former Republican running for governor with a former Democrat, Monte Frank, as his running mate, qualified for the ballot Tuesday, the secretary of the state’s office said. He joins Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski.
In a 45-minute speech reminiscent of the long, fiery, policy-heavy speeches delivered by Democrat Bernie Sanders during his campaign, Green Party candidate Jill Stein called on his former supporters to join her in continuing the political revolution he started.
In conceding he almost certainly would fall short of the 7,500 signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot for governor, Jonathan Pelto said Monday his campaign had submitted only about 4,000 signatures.
Can Twitter, the Outdoor Channel and a commercial starring the “Buckmobile,” a customized convertible that once belonged to country star Buck Owens, bring enough national gun money into Connecticut to make pistol-packing, third-party candidate Joe Visconti a factor in the race for governor?
Joe Visconti, a Republican who has campaigned as a Tea Party activist and Second Amendment defender, qualified Wednesday as a petitioning candidate for governor, ensuring at least a three-way race.
John J. Pistone of Brookfield, whose web site describes him as a conservative candidate, qualified for the ballot Wednesday as a petitioning candidate for Congress in the 5th District of western Connecticut.