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Fasano Won’t Run for Governor. Decision a Blow to Republicans.

State Senate leader Len Fasano will not seek the Republican nomination for governor, the North Haven Republican announced Wednesday morning. The announcement diminishes the odds of a Republican victory in 2018 and deals a blow to the state’s chances to reverse its economic decline.

Fasano has lead a revival of Republican fortunes. Under his leadership the Republicans added three seats to their caucus in the 2016, tying and disorienting the Democrats, who have held the majority since 1997. Fasano had thought he could wait until after a state budget was enacted to make an announcement. Democrats, however, refuse to vote on a budget, any budget, especially the one proposed by the Senate Republicans.

Here is Fasano’s statement:

“Today I want to announce that after considerable thought I have made the decision that I will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. I want to thank the many individuals who contacted me and encouraged me to run. I also want to thank my family and friends for their constant support as I came to this decision. My family has always encouraged and motivated me to work hard serving our state and would have supported my decision either way. This was a very difficult decision but in the end the impact to my family, who depend upon me and count on me every day, ultimately was the foundation for my decision.

“My original intention was to wait until the state budget was resolved to make a decision about running for governor. But as the budget process has persisted, and it does not seem likely that a vote will take place before the end of the month, I knew it was time to choose my path and let others know where I stand. It is only fair to the other hard working candidates, delegates, the party and the public to be upfront so that others can make important decisions to move the election process forward.

“I firmly believe Connecticut needs a Republican governor. Connecticut is a great state, but it is in trouble. People are suffering every day from huge financial burdens and the effects of a fiscally unstable state government. We need to move Connecticut in a different direction to create stability and restore confidence so we can grow opportunity for all people. We need a Republican leader in the governor’s seat who brings political parties and people together, who is sensitive to the needs of all economic levels, who understands the importance of supporting our cities, and who can grow a stable economy so we can fund core programs that are important to this state. Connecticut is ready to overcome our challenges and ready to change.  I look forward to ushering in that change.

“I will continue my efforts to build a better future for our state through my work in the state Senate. I am truly blessed and honored to serve our great state and its people every day and I thank all those who have chosen me to represent their voices in Hartford.”

Republicans hope to pick up additional seats in 2018. If so, Fasano would be in line to become president of the legislature’s upper chamber.

August 9, 2017   Comments Off on Fasano Won’t Run for Governor. Decision a Blow to Republicans.

Lembo Continues to Deny 2010 LG Candidacy.



There he goes again. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, fresh off many years on the sidelines, keeps saying his 2010 comptroller race was his first bid for public office. It wasn’t. This 2010 State Elections Enforcement Commission decision found that Lembo was a candidate for lieutenant governor before he exited that race in favor of Nancy Wyman, which created an opportunity in the Democratic race for comptroller as part of the Malloy team.

Lembo tells potential contributors in a solicitation sent today, “When I first ran for Comptroller, I had never run for political office in my life.” It’s not the first time Lembo has made that claim—and it’s still not true.

August 2, 2017   Comments Off on Lembo Continues to Deny 2010 LG Candidacy.

Trio of Democrats Collapses. Seek Cover in List of Reforms–for 2027.

Three Senate Democrats looked into the abyss and decided to push Connecticut into it. Democrats Paul Doyle, Joan Hartley, and Gayle Slossberg were afraid to stand by what they suggested are their beliefs by voting to reject a ruinous labour deal. To distract from their flight, the trio issued what they called Twelve Reforms. Some of them would become law in 2027.

July 31, 2017   Comments Off on Trio of Democrats Collapses. Seek Cover in List of Reforms–for 2027.

Blunder: Klarides Taunts “So-Called” Moderate Senate Democrats.

Having failed to expend much energy on constructing a bipartisan majority coalition in the House, Minority Leader Themis Klarides lashed out Saturday morning at the Senate Democrats considering opposing a catastrophic union deal. The plan includes a four year no-layoffs guarantee and extends generous benefits to 2027.

Klarides referred to Democrats Paul Doyle, Joan Hartley and Gail Slossberg as "so-called or self-proclaimed 'moderate or conservative' Democratic senators…." The three allies have been fending off intense pressure from fellow Democrats as they scrutinize the details of the Malloy/union deal. Klarides, whose ill-timed intervention was included in a Yankee Institute statement, claimed the three Democrats "position themselves as moderates." The Derby Republican reveals her gossamer intellect by dismissing the notion that unlike her there are legislators who possess fixed beliefs.

The Klarides attack comes at the end of a week when she failed to mount a full assault on close ally and Democratic Speaker of the House Joseph Aresimowicz over the union deal. Klarides brushed aside pleas from her caucus to highlight Aresimowicz's employment with a union that includes state employee bargaining units. Insiders Saturday morning were comparing Klarides' gentle treatment of the Berlin Democrat with her venomous attack on Doyle, Hartley and Slossberg.

The Yankee Institute issued a second statement late Saturday morning praising the trio. It included praise for the three Democrats from Senate President Pro Term Len Fasano, who wrote, “These are hard-working Democrats who in the past have shown the courage and voted what was in the best interest of the state of Connecticut. They've shown a strong resolve to divorce themselves from political pressure and look solely at the facts. I am sure their decision will be based upon what they believe is the best for the state. I know their decision, whatever that may be, is a difficult one for them and will be made after careful consideration of all the facts they have before them."

Hartley in particular provides a striking contrast with insider, attention-craving Klarides. The Waterbury Democrat was removed as Co-chairman of the Higher Education Committee by Democratic caucus leaders Don Williams–now a union official–and Martin Looney because of her sensible independence. They even took away her parking space. Hartley needs no lectures from the go-along Klarides.

July 29, 2017   Comments Off on Blunder: Klarides Taunts “So-Called” Moderate Senate Democrats.

Duff Tries to Divert With Tale of Rescue Dog.

Poor Bob Duff, He can’t help it if he is paralyzed by the state’s deteriorating finances. The whiny Norwalk Democrat keeps insisting everything is just fine.

To take constituent minds off the unresolved historic budget deficits (don’t ask him to explain the Senate Democratic plan) Duff is using his state email account to tell his mailing list that he’s adopted a resume dog.

Molly was found on I-95, probably trying to flee the brutal traffic delays that Duff doesn’t mention. The message includes nothing about the ruinous SEBAC vote that approaches or the 4 years of no state employee layoffs Duff is trying to impose on state taxpayers. No talk of that. Just Molly the dog. In a blinding example of virtue signaling, Duff mentions this not his first rescue dog.

Molly, Duff uses his state email account to let you know, has her own Facebook page.

July 28, 2017   Comments Off on Duff Tries to Divert With Tale of Rescue Dog.

Herbst Has a New Treasurer–Already. Trumbull Republican Took Contributions from Contractors Who Bribed Ganim.

No one will be surprised if anger management course candidate Tim Herbst runs through many campaign helpers in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor. To lose a longtime treasurer so early in the campaign seems like carelessness.

Party activist Bill Jenkins of Chaplin has replaced Herbst loyalist Loretta Chory. Curiously, Chory’s husband cast the only dissenting vote recently when the Trumbull zoning authority approved a favored Herbst project for high density housing.

On the other hand, maybe Chory was uncomfortable with the contributions Herbst received from the battling Lenocis.   Alfred Sr. and Alfred Jr. were convicted of bribery in the Ganim scandals in 2001. Strange friends and contributors for someone who says he wants to clean up Hartford. The harsh Herbst, who eked out a re-election bid in Trumbull in 2015, has made curious allowances for Ganim’s corrupt behavior.

Mark Lauretti, mayor of Shelton and also a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, has also received contributions from the Lenocis for his second bid for the state’s top job.



July 28, 2017   Comments Off on Herbst Has a New Treasurer–Already. Trumbull Republican Took Contributions from Contractors Who Bribed Ganim.

Job Opening: Hampshire College is Looking for a President.

Some news you can use from Daily Ructions. The Pioneer Valley’s Hampshire College has begun to search for a new president. Hampshire has been having a bit of a hard time lately. Declining to fly the American flag late last year earned the school some intense and unhappy attention.

It’s looking for a conciliator and someone with “strong financial management experience and skills.”

Reminding us of the complexity of the liberal arts, the search committee promises both transparency and confidentiality. “We are committed to being fully transparent in the process of conducting the search, and at the same time we will maintain absolute confidentiality about all candidates until disclosure is appropriate and individual permission has been given,” according to its website.


July 27, 2017   Comments Off on Job Opening: Hampshire College is Looking for a President.

Veterans Commissioner Sean Connolly Expected to Enter Crowded Democratic Field for Governor.

Hebron Democrat Sean Connolly is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. The state veterans affairs commissioner has served in the Malloy administration since 2015.

Today is Connolly’s 43rd birthday. His wife gave him a lawnmower to celebrate. He will not be home much to use it if he mounts a serious bid for high office.

July 26, 2017   Comments Off on Veterans Commissioner Sean Connolly Expected to Enter Crowded Democratic Field for Governor.

Help Arrives: State Government Leadership Foundation Begins Ad Blitz Opposing Union Deal.

A Daily Ructions Exclusive.

Announcement joined with action. The State Government Leadership Foundation is running an ad opposing the ruinous deal between Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state public employee unions. Link included.


JULY 26, 2017


State Government Leadership Foundation: “Everyone Agrees, Governor Malloy’s Backroom Deal with Big Government Unions Is Bad for Connecticut” 

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) announced that it has released an ad to run statewide in Connecticut to educate residents on the sober reality of the backroom deal struck by Governor Dan Malloy and big government union leaders.

“Connecticut is already one of the country’s highest taxed states and these high tax rates are forcing many families and jobs out of the state,” said Matt Walter, SGLF Executive Director. “Legislators from both political parties are concerned that Governor Malloy’s agreement doesn’t go far enough to save the state money and will ultimately lead to even higher taxes which will further cripple Connecticut’s economy.”

“The current budget crisis underscores what people in Connecticut already know, the state is on the wrong track,” said Walter. “The agreement between Governor Malloy and government union bosses just maintains the status quo for Connecticut and kicks the can down the road, tying the hands of policymakers for at least the next ten years.”

The ad will run statewide on television and through digital channels.

You can watch the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NiP8mNiDh0&feature=youtu.be

SGLF is a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization and a strategic partner to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC)—home to the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and the Republican Secretaries of State Committee.

SGLF promotes innovative reforms advocated by conservative, elected leaders and defends them when the special interest proponents of the status quo attack them. SGLF is dedicated to educating policymakers and the public about the benefits of smaller government, lower taxes, balanced budgets and efficient governing.

July 26, 2017   Comments Off on Help Arrives: State Government Leadership Foundation Begins Ad Blitz Opposing Union Deal.

News from Vichy: CBIA is MIA on Critical Vote.

In this critical hour, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) cannot find its voice. You need do no more than read this astounding interview with the head of CBIA to realize a summer soldier is heading the state’s largest business organization. It is indeed more insurance agency than advocate for the state’s besieged job creators.

Where is the clarion call to defeat the ruinous labor deals that the House passed yesterday and the Senate takes up in six days? Do they not understand the stakes? Members need to prod CBIA’s lavishly paid leaders into action. Ask them this: If these misbegotten agreements pass, how will state government be able to cope with the inevitable national recession?

CBIA knows how to influence events. After all, there probably would be no state income tax punishing working families without CBIA’s dramatic support for it 26 years ago. Time to get to work undoing the enduring damage.

July 25, 2017   Comments Off on News from Vichy: CBIA is MIA on Critical Vote.