Democrats unite and seek to overcome voter apathy

Maritza Bond Credit: Photo by Christine Stuart

Democratic congressional hopefuls and statewide election candidates gathered on Saturday for what they dubbed a “rally for unity,” after Tuesday’s primary, but only one defeated candidate – Maritza Bond introduced herself.

Bond was beaten by Rep. Stephanie Thomas, D-Norwalk, in the race for Secretary of State.

Democrats greeted her from the stage and thanked her for coming.

The event with more than 100 Democrats kicked off the next 86 or 87 days of the midterm elections — it depends how you count.

The Republican Party will organize a “unity” picnic on Sunday afternoon in Meriden.

Leora Levy, who was nominated as a Republican to run against U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, took the opportunity to say in a statement that what unites Connecticut Democrats is “policy failure and leadership who flounders”.

Levy, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, said Democrats are responsible for “out of control spending resulting in record inflation, high energy prices, an invasion on our border, government intrusion between parent and child, and the anarchy and crime on the rise in our communities — that’s what unites Biden and Blumenthal.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal Credit: Photo by Christine Stuart

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who is not on the ballot this year, said Blumenthal wears Trump’s disdain for him as a badge of honor.

Murphy said Trump knows that if Blumenthal is in the Senate, “Donald Trump will be held accountable.”

“This is an extremely serious election,” Blumenthal said. “These choices could not be clearer. My opponent says a woman shouldn’t control her own body. Shouldn’t have the freedom to decide when and if to get pregnant.

Blumenthal said Levy would vote if elected to make Mitch McConnell majority leader and “no woman will be safe in America” ​​if that happens.

US Senator Joe Courtney Credit: Photo by Christine Stuart

“The Republican Party has gone to the right wing in this country,” Blumenthal said. “Donald Trump may not be on the ticket, but his policies are.”

The Democrats have explained just how much trouble is on their side.

US Representatives Joe Courtney, Jahana Hayes and John Larson attended the rally after returning from Washington DC after passing the Cut Inflation Act.

From 755 page invoice various elements are provisions that cap prescription drug outlays for seniors under Medicare at $2,000 by allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies on drug prices. Other chapters are committing more than $300 billion to fight climate change over the next decade through clean energy investments.

Meanwhile, the legislation would spend $300 billion to reduce the federal deficit. The bill’s spending was offset by a new 15% minimum tax on companies making more than $1 billion in profits a year.

Courtney said that, like the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will try to eliminate the Cut Inflation Act if they win a majority in this election.

“They’re going to try day one to roll back what we’ve adopted,” Courtney said. “They said it right there on the floor.”

He said the Democratic Party is the party of “Franklin Roosevelt who created the GI bill and earlier this week Joe Biden signed the PACT law.”

He said they could run over their case.

Governor Ned Lamont Credit: Photo by Christine Stuart

“The Democrats have done what the Republicans say they want to do,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said, referring to the party’s long-term debt reduction.

“You can count on us to support the families of our state,” Bysiewicz said, referring to raising the minimum wage and passing the paid family and medical leave law.

Many Democratic candidates have spoken about how they protect reproductive freedom in Connecticut.

But the outstanding question for the party was whether it would be able to energize its base to run in November.

Nearly 15% of Democrats showed up in Tuesday’s primary, less than the 20% Republican turnout.

Nancy DiNardo, President of the Democratic Party Credit: Photo by Christine Stuart

Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said Democrats only had the secretary of state and treasurer on the ballot Tuesday and “people don’t understand the importance of those positions.”

She said she expected voter turnout to be much higher in November. She said they would see a lot more enthusiasm among voters for the general.

Courtney, who won his first race in the Second District by 86 votes, earning him the nickname “Landslide Joe”, said the midterm elections were tough.

He said he thought the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, which overturned Roe, was “a game-changer.”

And he said the Cut Inflation Act countered the narrative that Washington is doing nothing.

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