It’s obvious what internal polls are telling Connecticut Democrats running for office in 2018, especially those running for governor, tie any Republican who walks to President Trump. The strategy was on full display at Wednesday night’s Democratic Party gubernatorial forum in Glastonbury.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who does everything possible to distance himself from the unpopular Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for whom he served, stated at the forum: “We need a governor who is willing to stand up loudly and strongly against the Trump administration.”
Greenwich millionaire and Clinton family confidante Guy Smith added: “If they (state Republicans) won’t renounce it (Donald Trump), they are complicit in causing that harm. ”
Then you have former co-chair of the legislature’s judiciary committee and now Malloy administration member Mike Lawlor, whose Twitter post labeled a potential GOP candidate as a “racist enabler.” Susan Hatfield’s crime? The Republican distributed lawn signs for Trump, during the 2016 campaign. Republicans have called for an apology from Lawlor, but the strident former lawmaker won’t, instead telling Hearst Connecticut media that “Trump, in my opinion, is a racist, nativist (etcetera) and those who enthusiastically support him enable that.”
It would seem that internal polling being paid for by Democrats indicates doubling down on tying state Republicans to Trump and keeping the spotlight off their record. We’ll know in November, whether it was money well spent.