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.

Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

11/22/2016
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor’s seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.
The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut.

Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn’t changed in the last few years.

We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget.”

Wilson also stated:

“It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state”.

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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

CCDL Press Release On Mark Boughton’s Resignation From MAIG

Groton, CT
CCDL President Scott Wilson Speaks out on gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton and Michael Bloomberg’s anti-human rights organization ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’:

 

“We are pleased that Mark Boughton has ended his affiliation with Michael Bloomberg’s organization, although I am not sure that the timing of his departure will help his campaign at this point, or even if his leaving MAIG was intended for that purpose”.

“CCDL certainly does appreciate Mayor Boughton’s stating his recent revelations about the organization. ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ is not concerned with taking guns out of the hands of criminals. It has always been about creating as many difficulties and obstructions as possible to disarm law abiding citizens.”

“Americans have the right to protect themselves and their families, and Mr. Bloomberg continually dismisses that notion. That fact that former Mayor Bloomberg makes sure that he has personal bodyguards further underscores his hypocrisy”.

 

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 13,000 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 http://www.ccdl.us


 

Press Release – Mark Boughton

Groton, CT- January 8th, 2014

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass roots 2nd Amendment rights group) Is speaking out against Mark Boughton’s official bid for governor.

CCDL President Scott Wilson stated the following: “Gun owners in Connecticut are not going to accept or vote for candidates that support gun control; especially ones seeking the highest of State offices”.

Wilson went on to say: “Mayor Boughton is a coalition member of an active anti-2nd Amendment organization (MAIG) that claims to support sensible gun reforms. In reality the group, ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns‘ continually works to infringe on the rights of law abiding gun owners. The Mayor’s statements about the recently passed gun laws, are also very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut”.
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to nearly 11,000 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 see 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 regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us//

Joe Biden – Panel On Gun Violence – 2/21/2013

For a week or more the media has been touting an invite only panel discussion on gun violence that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading. The conference is to take place on Febuary 21st, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Supposedly all sides were invited, with “national, state, and local leaders, law enforcement, mental health experts, sportsmen, faith leaders, families and survivors of gun violence” all represented. Forget the fact that The Second Ammendment has nothing to do with sportsmen or hunting.

So today I finally see a list of speakers for this invite only event. Can anyone please point out the progun folks? How about the sportsmen?
Where is the NRA?
CCDL?
CT Coalition of Sportmen?
The only person I know on this list who is not rabidly antigun is Mayor Boughton.

UPDATE: The invite-only event is scheduled to be broadcast on CT-N, and will also be streamed over the internet via their website. Link.

Remarks from:
Vice President Joe Biden (D)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D)
U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D)
Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra (R)
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (D)
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R)
Western Connecticut State University President James W. Schmotter

Panel on Gun Violence:
State Police Captain Dale Hourigan
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra (D)
Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell
Stacy Spell, retired New Haven Police detective and neighborhood activist
Matt Bennett, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way

Panel on Mental Health and School Safety Initiatives:
Dr. George Sugai, University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
Dr. Kathryn Seifert, author of Path to Violence
Dr. Philip Wang, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
Mark Benigni, Meriden Superintendent of Schools
Steven Girelli, PhD, President and CEO, Klingberg Family Centers

UPDATE: Watching the forum live now, it looks like they added Dom Basile, firearms instructor from Metacon Gun Club and CCDL member. Thanks for going into the belly of the beast for us yet again, Dom!