One week left to primary day in Connecticut. Who has the mo? Two Democrats and five Republicans have seven more days to persuade electors to advance them to the general election. While Mayor Joe Ganim pitches himself as the ordinary guy against rich-guy Democratic front runner Ned Lamont, two seasoned GOP campaigners Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst muddy wealthy self-funders Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman Republicans in name only.
From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:
In a multicolored flyer, Herbst depicts Stefanowski and Stemerman as “two peas in a pod”–showing their faces on green peas. He asks, “Who’s the bigger Democrat: Stefanowski or Stemerman?”
Picking up on the same theme, Boughton sent out a mailer that shows the faces of Stemerman and Stefanowski on coins and says they are “changing parties at the flip of a coin.” Stefanowski once contributed to former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, the one-time general chairman of the national Democratic Party, while Stemerman once contributed $2,300 to then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
“Now they’re trying to hijack the Republican Party,” Boughton writes. “By actively supporting Democrats and their liberal causes for years, they have disrespected every Republican in Connecticut.”
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Stefanowski and Stemerman are resonating in Republican polls from the sheer millions they’ve spent bolstering name recognition. Primaries, however, are all about identifying friends and dragging them to the polls. Do they have field operations to cross the finish line?
Ganim being Ganim, he’s wealth-contrasted titillating moments on the campaign trail counting Lamont’s voluminous bathrooms and parsing the price of a gallon of milk. Ganim’s chutzpah has leveraged his second-chance message to the amazement of some and bemusement of others with urban areas as ground zero for turnout. He hasn’t married that message to what he’ll do as governor. Most electors vote on the future and Ganim’s offered few proposals about where he’ll take the state as governor. He’s also money challenged against party-endorsed Lamont who can write a campaign check without worry. For the most part Lamont has smartly stayed away from lancing Ganim’s past. He’ll need those second-chance voters in the general election.
A primary win for Lamont becomes disquieting if Ganim performs well in urban areas. It means Lamont cannot ignore Ganim’s resonance in cities. If enough urban voters don’t turn out for the Democratic standard bearer, it could tip the race to the Republican appealing to a large bloc of unaffiliated voters.
Complete list of August 14 candidates on ballot for Bridgeport voters:
The first candidate listed is party endorsed.
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
State Senator 23rd District
State Rep. 126th District
State Senator 23rd District
Casimir “Caz” Mizera
State Rep 128th District