WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have bipartisan support for a bill that would reform the nation’s mental health system and are pressing for Senate action on the legislation. But they are facing hurdles common to those who push for change on Capitol Hill.
Everyone knows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on the November ballot, and either Tom Foley or John P. McKinney will make the cut in next week’s GOP primary. But the status of two wild cards, Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti, won’t be known until after Aug. 20.
Coming from the left and right, the paths of two petitioning candidates for governor, Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti, intersected Wednesday outside a state Board of Education meeting, where a dozen people staged a protest of the Common Core curriculum standards.
Joe Visconti ended his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination Friday and opened a petition drive to get on the November ballot as an independent candidate.
The Republican gubernatorial campaign of Tom Foley denies any involvement, but a lawyer for his 2010 campaign is demanding to examine the ballot-qualifying petitions of a competitor before they are certified, prompting the rival to complain of an effort to “bully.”