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DGA Statement on Connecticut Republican Primary

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Tonight, Democratic Governors Association Executive Director Elisabeth Pearson released the following statement on Bob Stefanowski’s nomination in the Connecticut Republican primary:
“Donald Trump must be thrilled his ally Bob Stefanowski just won the Republican nomination in Connecticut,” said Pearson. “Stefanowski gave Trump’s presidency an ‘A’ grade, invited Trump to campaign in Connecticut, and said ‘we need more’ of his policies in Connecticut. As governor, Stefanowski would open the floodgates and let Donald Trump’s agenda run wild in Connecticut. Connecticut deserves a governor who will stand up to fight bad Washington policies, not a Trump lapdog like Bob Stefanowski.”


Stefanowski on Campaigning with Trump: ‘Absolutely.’ At an August 2018 debate, Republican candidates were asked “Would you want President Trump to campaign with you here in Connecticut.” Stefanowski responded, “Absolutely. I think what he has done for this national economy, we could use some of that here in Connecticut.” [WFSB Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 8/6/18]
Trump’s First 18-Months Got an “A” From Stefanowski. At a July 12 Republican debate, all five candidates were asked by the moderator: “Grade Trump on his first 18 months. Give him a grade.” Stefanowski replied, “A.” [94.9 News Now Republican Gubernatorial Debate, 7/12/18]
Stefanowski Said The Country Needs More of Trump’s Policies. According to the New Canaan Advertiser, “None of the five Republican candidates for governor of the state of Connecticut said they would prefer to have a different person serving as President of the United States, even if a person with different moral character has President Trump’s policies. […] Former GE and UBS executive Bob Stefanowski would not comment on the character question, but did not hesitant to say the country needs more of Trump’s policies.” [New Canaan Advertiser, 8/11/18]