2014 Candidate Endorsements

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut.

As our group and our members look forward to the election this November, we are faced with a stark choice for the leadership of our State. The CCDL Executive Board votes to endorse the following candidates for office that we feel best represent the interests of Connecticut gun owners and our desire to preserve the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article One, Section 15 of the Connecticut State Constitution, along with the leadership abilities to move Connecticut forward. We recognize that not all members of CCDL nor all Connecticut gun owners will agree with these endorsements and we fully support everyone’s individual right to vote for the candidates of their own choosing.

After carefully considering all of these issues, the CCDL Executive Board endorses Tom Foley and Heather Somers, for the Office of Governor and Lt. Governor. Governor Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term. It is time for him to be to be replaced. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.

We also endorse the candidates below for statewide offices and the General Assembly. As with our endorsement for Governor/Lt. Governor, we feel these candidates will help steer Connecticut in the right direction. CCDL reserves the right to endorse other candidates as they are vetted by the Executive Board.

Governor Tom Foley
Lt. Governor Heather Somers
Atty.General Kie Westby
Sec.Of State Peter Lumaj

US House 1 Matthew Corey
US House 2 Daniel Reale
US House 2 Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh
US House 3 James Brown
US House 5 Mark Greenberg

CT Senate 2 Theresa Tillett
CT Senate 7 John A. Kissel
CT Senate 8 Kevin D. Witkos
CT Senate 13 Len Suzio
CT Senate 15 Karl D. Shehu
CT Senate 16 Joe Markley
CT Senate 17 Phillip Tripp
CT Senate 18 Andrew M. Maynard
CT Senate 19 Steven Everett
CT Senate 19 Catherine A. ‘Cathy’ Osten
CT Senate 29 John French
CT Senate 30 Clark J. Chapin
CT Senate 32 Robert J. ‘Rob’ Kane
CT Senate 33 Art Linares
CT Senate 35 Anthony ‘Tony’ Guglielmo

CT House 2 Dan Carter
CT House 8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 12 Rusty Meek
CT House 15 James McGovern
CT House 17 Timothy B. LeGeyt
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 22 Kathy Pugliese
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 26 Peter Ceglarz
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 34 Melissa H. Ziobron
CT House 35 Jesse MacLachlan
CT House 36 Bobby Siegrist
CT House 37 Ed Jutila
CT House 39 Andrew Lockwood
CT House 41 Aundré Bumgardner
CT House 42 Mike France
CT House 44 Jonathan Cesolini
CT House 47 Doug Dubitsky
CT House 48 Linda A. Orange
CT House 50 Mike Alberts
CT House 51 Daniel S. Rovero
CT House 52 Kurt Vail
CT House 53 Sam Belsito
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 57 Christopher Davis
CT House 58 Tom Kienzler
CT House 59 Rob Kwasnicki
CT House 60 Peggy Sayers
CT House 61 Tami Zawistowski
CT House 62 Bill Simanski
CT House 63 Jay M. Case
CT House 64 Brian Ohler
CT House 66 Craig A. Miner
CT House 67 Cecilia Buck-Taylor
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 70 Rosa C. Rebimbas
CT House 71 Anthony J. D’Amelio
CT House 72 Ruben Rodriquez
CT House 74 Selim G. Noujaim
CT House 76 John E. Piscopo
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 78 Whit Betts
CT House 80 Robert C. ‘Rob’ Sampson
CT House 82 Emil ‘Buddy’ Altobello Jr.
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 86 Vincent J. ‘Vin’ Candelora
CT House 89 Lezlye Zupkus
CT House 100 Angel R. Fernandez
CT House 103 Alfred C. ‘Al’ Adinolfi
CT House 105 Robert Willis
CT House 105 Len Greene Jr withdrawn from race
CT House 107 David A. Scribner
CT House 113 Jason Perillo
CT House 116 Louis P. ‘Lou’ Esposito Jr.
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski
CT House 120 Laura R. Hoydick
CT House 123 David ‘Dave’ Rutigliano
CT House 131 David K. Labriola
CT House 138 Janice R. ‘Jan’ Giegler
CT House 139 Kevin Ryan
CT House 144 Michael L. ‘Mike’ Molgano

Press Contact: Scott Wilson (CCDL President) Email: president@ccdl.us

About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in February 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate for second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to more than 15,000 members. Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the Capitol, and well-recognized by committees that oversee firearms related bills.

CCDL is also actively involved at the state Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted with regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information regarding CCDL, please visit www.CCDL.us

List updated September 18, 2014
CT House 9 Richard Lion
CT House 19 Mark Zydanowycz
CT House 23 Devin Carney
CT House 33 Linda Synkowicz
CT House 55 Gayle Mulligan
CT House 68 Eric Berthel
CT House 77 Cara Pavalock
CT House 82 Joshua Broekstra
CT House 83 Pablo Soto
CT House 85 Frank Apuzzo
CT House 117 Charles Ferraro
CT House 119 Pam Staneski

CT House 105 Len Greene Jr (withdrew from race)

List updated September 30, 2014
CT House 52 Kurt Vail
CT House 78 Whit Betts

Listed updated October 7, 2014
CT House 53 Sam Belsito

List updated October 15, 2014
CT House 105 Robert Willis

List updated October 22, 2014
CT House 40 John Scott

List updated October 29, 2014
CT House 58 Tom Kienzler

19 thoughts on “2014 Candidate Endorsements

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  2. For more that I like Joe Visconti and want to vote for him. It will be a lost vote bcs he doesn’t have the majority and it will just give more headway for Malloy to win again…. I don’t know why Joe just endorses Foley..SO yes its wiser just to vote for Tom Foley…We have to get Malloy out period!!

    • Most definitely…Joe can’t win, so you’d just be helping keep that jerk Malloy in office. Foley may not be perfect, but compared to Malloy, a hell of a lot closer.

    • * I don’t know why Joe doesn’t just endorse Foley. There, fixed it! 🙂 Who knows, maybe it’s just the thrill of being a gubernatorial candidate. I guarantee it’s not because he has the slightest prayer of winning.

    • I supported Joe from the beginning. I think he would actually make a good governor. I would have loved to see a ticket that combined Joe and Tom Foley (in either configuration) because I think they play towards each others strengths and more importantly against each others weaknesses. I was behind him in his primary run.

      That being said I can not support his attempt at an independent run because as we have seen time and time again, no matter how many candidates or parties participate in our elections, this is a TWO party system and in the eyes of the general public there are only TWO candidates. Sucks that this is the system, but it is the only one we have.

      I hope that for every vote Joe takes away from Tom, Pelto takes two from Dan. Although I have heard that Pelto did not qualify for the general election. I think he could still be the guy who hurts Malloy if he just keeps talking publicly.

      • Why are politicians so delusional? Joe cant possibly think he can do anything but give malloy another term. If he really did qualify, how could his signers think he could possibly win? Malloy wanted Visconte in and Pelto out and that’s what happened. We need an investigation because there was a movement to get Pelto in and that should have been doable. I suspect the Sec State was easy on Visconte names but tough on Peltp’s.

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    CGS Sec. 1-225(e) states:

    (e) No member of the public shall be required, as a condition to attendance at a meeting of any such body, to register the member’s name, or furnish other information, or complete a questionnaire or otherwise fulfill any condition precedent to the member’s attendance.

    Unlike CGS Sec. 1-210(b)(19), CGS Sec. 1-225 of our FOI Act does not have any exemptions or exceptions to 1-225(e)’s provision that allows folks to freely gain access to public meetings.

    Remember JAN 13’s meeting concerning a gun bill .. they had a metal detector people had to go through … and made people wait out in the cold and snow for an hour or two?

    Making people go through a checkpoint is illegal. Relief can be sought by a letter to the freedom of information commission ( http://www.ct.gov/foi/site/default.asp ) even via an email letter.

    By putting in metal detectors at the capitol bldg., they are violating the law. Its your right to enter and exit a meeting w/o being searched or hassled.

    If you visit the capitol for a meeting and are subjected to the metal detector treatment, complain

  5. There are both civil and criminal penalties for violating the FOI Act see sec. 1-240 for criminal penalties. I think the problem is that people don’t complain. Will BIll complain?

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  8. Len Greene jr just dropped out of the election for the 105th. Theresa Conroy (D) is the current state rep now. The good news is that she voted No for for SB 1160.

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