From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:
With five candidates on the stage, Republicans clashed Thursday night among themselves and more often blasted a politician who is not on the ballot this year–Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
When Malloy was shown on a large screen in a pre-debate promotion, the partisan crowd booed. As part of the introductions, a commercial for each candidate played on the screen–and those for business executives David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski both featured unflattering depictions of Malloy.
By contrast, the candidates all gave President Donald Trump an “A” when asked about his performance so far in the White House.
All candidates also said they would create jobs, balance the budget and turn the state around–with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst saying they would improve the state in the same way they improved their communities.
Full story here.