Susan Hatfield, vice chair of the Connecticut Republican Party, will complete the term of the former chair, J.R. Romano.
Effective immediately, the Connecticut Republican Party has no state chair.
The fight over GOP state chair comes amid questions about the role of the state party and state chair in an era of increasingly decentralized politics.
J.R. Romano was on the phone in his downtown Hartford office, confronting a daily reality of being the new chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party: The 36-year-old former marketer, securities dealer and college football player was cultivating a donor. He says he knows how to sell.
J.R. Romano was elected Republican state chairman on the second ballot Tuesday, putting a 36-year-old political operative at the helm of a GOP that failed last year to unseat an unpopular Democratic incumbent, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Connecticut Republicans are to settle a wide-open race for state chairman Tuesday night at Nuchie’s, the banquet hall in Bristol where $26-per-person buys an overflowing buffet table, a cash bar and a guarantee, “You will never go wrong at Nuchie’s!” The GOP hopes so.