Connecticut Dem Gov Primary Gets Ugly As Charges of Unfairness Emerge

As charges of unfairness begin to emerge, Connecticut’s Democrat gubernatorial primary is quickly getting ugly.

The RGA writes

As charges of unfairness begin to emerge, Connecticut’s Democrat gubernatorial primary is quickly getting ugly. Embattled candidate and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, who has been mired in controversy since September when he was caught shaking down municipal employees for contributions, has issued new complaints that he was “blackballed” from a candidate forum, claiming “the fix is in” against his campaign. As a result, the event was cancelled entirely.

With top-tier Democrats like Kevin Lembo, Ted Kennedy Jr., and Failed Governor Dan Malloy all passing on running in 2018, the party finds itself left with a handful of second and third-choice Malloy Enablers who have drawn more headlines for scandals and infighting than for proposing policies that could get Connecticut back on track. As the Democrat primary grows uglier and more chaotic with each passing day, their chances of holding onto the state’s highest office continue to diminish.

The CT Mirror has more

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, a declared Democratic candidate for governor who wasn’t one of the three Democrats and four Republicans invited to a discussion scheduled to close the New England Maker Summit on Nov. 17, used the snub in an emailed solicitation for contributions under the heading, ‘The fix is in.’

By day’s end, all seven politicians were disinvited in an email that made no mention ofDrew’s complaint that he was being ‘blackballed’ from a debate.

Drew said a debate involving politicians from both parties would have been unusual. More conventional are two separate events scheduled for December, one for Democrats and another for Republicans. They will be the first opportunity for political activists to see the candidates and potential candidates side by side.

Whether it was a panel discussion or a debate, Drew said, he was justified in publicizing the snub by the technology group. He said his campaign called to ask if he could participate and was told there was room for seven, not eight.

‘Whatever it is,’ Drew said, ‘they won’t let me in.’

Drew said he was especially annoyed because he is the only declared Democratic candidate raising money and otherwise campaigning for governor. The three Democrats invited — former state Sen. Jonathan Harris of West Hartford, former Democratic state Vice Chair Dita Bhargava of Greenwich and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei of Hartford — have exploratory campaign committees.


3 days, 2 hours ago

Gov. Noem Proclaims Jan. 23-Jan. 29 "South Dakota School Choice Week" as Annual Celebration Launches Nationwide

Gov. Noem has joined a growing list of governors, city, and county leaders nationwide in recognizing Jan. 23-Jan. 29 as School Choice Week.

4 days, 21 hours ago

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee leads letter penned to President Biden on Infrastructure Act

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and 15 other Republican governors have penned a letter to President Joe Biden asking for more state control in how funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are implemented.

4 days, 23 hours ago

Gretchen Whitmer’s Dark Money Hypocrisy

After preaching 'transparency,' Dem gov partners with dark money nonprofit to raise millions

6 days, 23 hours ago

Gov. Doug Ducey: My budget makes major investments that will leave Arizona even stronger

My 2023 budget invests in key areas like education and water while cutting taxes and paying down debt. That will leave Arizona stronger.

1 week ago

Republican Glenn Youngkin sworn in as governor of Virginia

Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn on Saturday as the next governor of Virginia, delivering an optimistic message about empowering parents, overcoming COVID-19 and providing economic relief to families and businesses

1 week, 5 days ago

Unemployment agency pegs likely pandemic fraud losses at more than $8.5 billion

Michigan's jobless aid agency lost more than $8.5 billion to suspected fraudulent payments amid record claims and persistent attempts at fraud during the pandemic