August 17, 2017

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DGA Calls on Connecticut Gov Candidates to End Silence on Trump

Boucher, Lauretti, Klarides Duck Questions on Trump’s Comments on Charlottesville

                                                       It’s been five days since Donald Trump’s controversial press conference in which he defended the white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville. Leaders from around the country, Democrats and Republicans, have boldly criticized him for spreading the blame on “all sides.”

But while Marco Rubio, Cory Gardner, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and many others in Congress condemned the president, many Connecticut Republicans have chosen to stay silent.

As the Connecticut Mirror reports, several Republicans eyeing the governor’s race in 2018 didn’t call out Trump:

  • Sen. Toni Boucher: “In an interview Wednesday, she said she was too focused on the state budget impasse to track the president’s statements.”
  • Mayor Mark Lauretti: “I haven’t really focused a lot of time on President Trump.”
  • House Minority Leader Themis Klarides: “Could not be reached for comment.”

“Leaders from around the country – Republicans and Democrats – have been clear in calling out Trump, but Toni Boucher, Mark Lauretti, and Themis Klarides couldn’t be bothered,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “It’s time for all candidates in Connecticut to speak up and say whether they agree with President Trump’s defense of white supremacists.”