More Primary Endorsements

07/24/2018
For Immediate Release:

(Groton, CT) – The Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s Executive Committee releases the following endorsements for the August 14th primary elections:

US Senate – Matthew Corey

5th Congressional District – Manny Santos  

9th State Senate District – Ed Charamut

14th State Senate District – Pam Staneski

100th House District – Tony Gennaro

116th House District – Roman Khondker

Previously released state-wide primary candidates:

Governor – Tim Herbst

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Markley

Attorney General – Sue Hatfield See here for explanation

State Treasurer – Art Linares

Statement on primary endorsements:
The Connecticut Citizens Defense has worked to evaluate numerous candidates for the August 14th primary election. As an organization, we ask our members to consider our endorsements when weighing their decision making, and help our endorsed candidates win their respective elections. Over the last eight years, legal gun owners and applicants for gun permits have been subject to unfair practices by our governor, certain legislators as well as several municipalities. 2018 can be a different outcome for lawful and responsible gun owners.


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 30,000 members across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture at the 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 www.CCDL.us

 

Primary Election – Meeting Reminder – 8/12/2014

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have a request from the property owners to please do not park on the grass when attending the meeting.

August 12th is also primary election day in Connecticut. Make sure you stop at your local polling place on the way to the meeting and vote for your gun rights, then join us in Middletown as we celebrate the end of John McKinney’s political career!

If you aren’t sure where some of the candidates stand, click here.

Meeting Agenda

Agenda

Legislator of the Year
The Executive Board has selected State Senator Joe Markley for our annual “Legislator of the Year” award. Joe will be at the August meeting to receive his award. This award is to recognize legislators who have shown unwavering support for our 2nd Amendment rights during the past legislative session. Read more here.

CCDL Senate District Teams
We are continuing to build support pro-2A candidates in the senate districts that voted for SB1160. This effort is crucial if we are going to put an end to anti-gun bills from passing in the future. We are asking YOU to get involved in this process. Our meeting on Tuesday will again cover on how you can get involved in this effort as a first step.
This is where we can make the biggest difference!!

As of now we have four Senate districts that we are focusing on. There will be more to come.

Current District Commitment:
Senate District 13 Candidate: Len Suzio
Senate District 17 Candidate: Phil Tripp
Senate District 29 Candidate: John French
Senate District 33 Candidate: Art Linares

We will need support for other Senate and House Districts as well… Please attend this meeting to learn more about how YOU can help.

Merchandise
We sell CCDL merchandise at the meeting, buy it there and save on shipping.

New Shirts!
Let people know how you plan to vote in the November elections with these new “I VOTE 2A” CCDL shirts. This is a limited one time run, and will only be for sale at meetings and CCDL-hosted events.

Patches and Pins
We still have some of our latest limited run items; CCDL patches and pins. These $5 each and are meetings-only items, not for sale on the website.

Back by popular demand – magnets!
The return of the CCDL logo magnets. These are about the same size as our regular decals, but printed on a flexible magnetic material and are perfect for people who don’t want to permanently attach a vinyl decal to their vehicle. Priced at $5 each and sold at the meeting only.

Food Drive
CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season is over, but people still need help year round. Please give what you can for those that need our help.

Middletown Elks
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
July 8, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Please park in the event lot to the left of the building (looking at it from Maynard St) and enter the upstairs banquet hall at the front of the building. please do not park on the grass!!


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August 12th Elections

Democrat and Republican primary elections will be held in Connecticut on August 12, 2014. CCDL has been getting lots of inquiries about who to vote for to best support our gun rights.

First off, you ARE registered to vote, right? If not, you can go down to your local town hall and visit the Registrar of Voters office and do it there, or you can register online at voterregistration.ct.gov.

Now, we’re not telling you how to vote, or what party to join, but the way the primary elections work in CT is you have to be a member of a party to vote in that party’s primary election. If you want to vote in the Republican primary, where you will have a chance to vote against gun grabber John McKinney, you must register Republican. That doesn’t mean you have to vote Republican in the November general election. You are still free to vote for whomever you want. Registering with a party just allows you to vote in that party’s primary, and that means you have a say in who will be on the ballot in November. If we want the chance to elect progun people, we must first make sure they get on the ballot.

Here in CT, we are a fairly independent lot, and the most popular political party is no party at all. Sadly those unaffiliated voters never get the chance to help get good candidates in the election. They’re stuck with whatever choices have been made for them. Fortunately, registered unaffiliated voters are allowed to switch to Republican or Democrat and vote in that primary election right up to the day before that election. If you aren’t sure if you are registered, aren’t sure if you are registered in a party, or aren’t sure where to vote, you can check that all out here: CT Voter Registration Lookup.

OK, so we’ve got all that out of the way. You’re registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary election, and you know where you need to go to do it. Now, who to vote for? CCDL does not endorse candidates in the primary. Our policy has been to wait to see who the actual candidates will be in the November election and list all the progun ones for you. However the NRA does grade and endorse primary candidates, and since it is VITAL that gun owners send a strong message to both political parties that we will not support candidates who do not support us, we’ve decided to share the NRA’s list here so our members may make an educated decision in the voting booth. Remember, these are the NRA’s grades and endorsements, not CCDL’s.

STATEWIDE

Governor
Tom Foley (R)
Grade: B-
Status: Candidate
John McKinney (R)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
Lieutenant Governor
Penny Bacchiochi (R)
Grade: A Contact
Status: Candidate
Heather Somers (R)
Grade: A-
Status: Candidate
David Walker (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Comptroller
Angel Cadena (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Sharon McLaughlin (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

SENATE

District 2
*Eric Coleman (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Len Walker (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Shawn Wooden (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 20
Elizabeth Ritter (D)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
William Satti (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 22
Marilyn Moore (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
*Anthony Musto (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
District 23
*Andres Ayala (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Scott Hughes (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

HOUSE

District 23
Devin Carney (R)
Grade: B
Status: Candidate
Victoria Lanier (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 32
Kathleen Richards (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Anthony Salvatore (D)
Grade: F
Status: Candidate
District 44
Michael Cartier (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Christine Rosati (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 47
Doug Dubitsky (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Noah Enslow (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
Michael Meadows (R)
Grade: AQ
Status: Candidate
District 48
*Linda Orange (D)
Grade: A- Contact
Status: Incumbent
Jason Paul (D)
Grade: D-
Status: Candidate
District 64
Mark Lauretano (R)
Grade: AQ Contact
Status: Candidate
Brian Ohler (R)
Grade: A-
Status: Candidate
District 128
*Christina Ayala (D)
Grade: F
Status: Incumbent
Christoper Rosario (D)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
District 142
Fred Wilms (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate
Emily Wilson (R)
Grade: ?
Status: Candidate

 

What the Grades Mean:

The NRA-PVF is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements. We do not base our decisions on a candidate’s party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues. The NRA is a single issue organization. The only issues on which we evaluate candidates seeking elected office are gun-related issues.

A+ A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
A Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.
AQ A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
B A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.
C Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.
D An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.
F True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.
? Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.
endorsedBadge Indicates an NRA Endorsed Candidate
* indicates an incumbent running for re-election