CTGOP Convention Results

The 2018 Connecticut Republican Convention is now in the books, and overall CCDL did pretty well. Most of our endorsed candidates went on to be endorsed by their party at the convention as well. This puts them in the strongest possible position to win their respective primary elections.

Joe Markley – Lieutenant Governor
Sue Hatfield – Attorney General
Matthew Corey – U.S. Senate
Manny Santos –5th Congressional District

In the coming months, these candidates, as well as others we will be endorsing, will need YOUR help to win their primaries and the general election. Pick one, and offer to help. While all candidates need money, they need HELP even more. Just a few hours of your time can translate to dozens, even hundreds of votes.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was the GOP pick for governor. It was close, some might even say improper, but in the end, the CTGOP picked Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton as their endorsed candidate. Apparently the CTGOP leadership did not learn anything from 2014 and John McKinney. Gun owners will simply not support someone with a proven antigun track record like Mark Boughton.
As CCDL President Scott Wilson said recently during an interview:

“CCDL feels that Mark Boughton is the worst nominee for gun owners in the Republican party, Our concern is having a governor who will sign whatever anti-gun legislation that comes his way. Tens of thousands of gun owners probably will not show up in a general election if he wins in a primary.”

We hope our members join us in ensuring Boughton does NOT win the primary. While the dust from the convention has not settled yet, we are certain that far more 2nd Amendment friendly candidates will be entering the primary election. CCDL members must work together to send one of those to the November elections, and onward to the Governor’s office.

CCDL Responds To Republican Geniuses (Cafero, Weicker and Shays)

This is a guest post by CCDL president Scott Wilson.

As president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group), I’d like to respond to recent comments made by Chris Shays, Larry Cafero and Lowell Weicker.
(see “GOP could have avoided gun fight by picking McKinney over Foley” and “Cafero on Foley Loss: ‘He Was The Wrong Republican’“)

If these defacto election analysts are looking to place blame on anyone, they should look at how certain leaders in the GOP leadership treated gun owners during and after the gun bill hearings in 2013. They joined forces with the anti-gun leadership of the Democratic party and helped them ram through massive gun control.

It is Mr Cafero’s own fault that his notions of running for governor were derailed, and the reason McKinney failed in his bid as well. If John McKinney was such a great candidate, why didn’t he win the Republican convention or primary election?

People should start to realize that gun owners are not going to sit by and be led around by the nose by gun grabbing politicians. If this is the case, the GOP should be prepared to suffer more losses in future elections

Serious candidates need to learn how to articulate 2nd Amendment positions better, and how to counter anti-gun propaganda. These are our Constitutional Rights we are talking about, after all.

It’s easy for these failed politicians to play Monday morning quarterback, but I can guarantee that they or any other Republican who supports gun control will face the same outcome in future elections that we’ve witnessed this year.

Despite the top-tier loses, the Republican under-ticket did better this year than it has since 1994. Had the antigun McKinney been the GOP candidate, does anyone think groups such as CCDL and the NRA would have invested the same amount of time, energy and money into this election?

It is important to note that all but one Democrat incumbent who lost this election voted to support last year’s gun control law, and only one Republican incumbent to vote against it lost. Even Democrat House leader Brendan Sharkey admits the gun control bill clearly had an effect on recent Democrat losses.
(see “Republicans Now Hold Most Seats In Connecticut House Since 1994“)

Not all Republicans are gun owners, but it is a fact that most gun owners vote Republican. Political strategists that spew this type of hindsight rhetoric would be wise to keep that in mind.