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Once They Embraced Manafort, Now Local GOP Running

November 2nd, 2017 · 12 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

And so it goes. From Neil Vigdor, CT Post:

For the Connecticut Republicans, a party starving for national relevance, Paul Manafort was one of their own.

On the same day that Donald Trump clinched the GOP presidential nomination last year, his then-campaign chairman obligingly posed for selfies with convention delegates from his home state in Cleveland after speaking at a breakfast for the group. The New Britain native was the man of the hour.

But that was then. Now that Manafort has been indicted for alleged money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent–stoking the fires of potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia–state GOP members have gone from name-dropping Manafort to just dropping the political fixer.

“He has no ties to us”said J.R. Romano, the state GOP chairman. “The guy, his family is originally from Connecticut. That’s pretty much it.”

Full story here.

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  • Joel Gonzalez

    LETS TALK ABOUT ALL THE OIB POSTERS WHO ARE RUNNING FROM ME NOW THAT I’M ASKING QUESTIONS AND HAVE DOCUMENTS OF THEIR ACTIVITIES REGARDING THEIR PARTICIPATION WITH THE BPL LIBRARY REFERENDUM. LETS STICK TO WHAT’S HAPPENING CLOSER TO HOME. THE (MAN)IS(A)(FORT) WITH HUGE RUSSIAN STEEL GATES. YOU LIBRARY SUPPORTERS A WUSSIES.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Big fucking deal about the BPL referendum. This thread is about Connecticut Republicans shunning New Britain native Paul Manafort. He was indicted in 12 charges ranging from money laundering to treason.

      • Joel Gonzalez

        What has New Britain done for Bridgeport lately? Why worry about republicans shunning anyone? Muller is the man, do you know why he is named Muller. When he was a young boy he had the endurance of 10,000 Mules. Muller will kick the Fort with its’ huge Russian Gates and send it all smashing through the White House. Now that you know how it all will end, get back to Bridgeport.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The scandal that  that keeps on giving…

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller  is investigating Jared Kushner, First Son-in-Law, for possible obstruction of justice for his role in Trump’s firing of James  Comey, the former FBI director. (Recap: Trump fired Comey in an attempt to head off the Russia investigation.) 

    According to court documents,  George Papadopoulos spoke to both Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions about his connections “that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin.”

    Donald Trump jr. sought information damaging to Hillary Clinton from an  attorney with connections to SVR, Russia’s external intelligence agency. 

    President Trump’s former adviser Carter Page testified before a House intelligence committee he told Jeff Sessions about an upcoming trip to Russia during the presidential campaign.

    New Britain native Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates have been charged with money laundering and treason among other charges that carry long sentences. (My guess is they will cooperate with the Mueller investigation. Donald Trump may be spiteful and vindictive but he doesn’t have the legal resources of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.)

    Donald Trump’s Twitter response was to ask why the DOJ and FBI are not investigating “Hillary & the crooked Dems,” an apparent reference to a newly published book by Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee. Brazile, a former campaign manager for Al Gore and adviser to President Bill Clinton, stepped in as interim head of the DNC after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was forced out over the email controversy on the eve of the party’s convention. (In her book Ms. Brazile claims the Clinton campaign controlled the DNC by clearing up its debts and using the committee as a fundraising clearinghouse to the detriment of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.) 

    • Ron Mackey

      Derek, I’m glad that Donna Brazile wrote her book about the claims the Clinton campaign controlled the DNC by clearing up its debts and using the committee as a fundraising clearinghouse to the detriment of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Obama was the head of the Democrats and he’s has some of the blame because the party didn’t have money and the donation that were given to the party was not given and shared with the states like it was suppose to do. It’s time for Obama, the Clintons, Bernie and Jennifer Warden to now go and raise the money to offset the debt of the party now.

      • The Bridgeport Kid

        Whatever the Clintons did to manipulate the DNC was clearly unethical but probably not illegal. At any rate it pales in comparison to the wrongdoing uncovered by Robert Mueller’s investigation. Money laundering, fraud and treason are very serious crimes. Donna Brazile’s book while revelatory pales in comparison.

        45′s approval rating is around 33% and sinking. More than half the country believes Trump engaged in illegal activity to secure the presidency. Hillary Clinton manipulating the DNC to secure the oarty’s no ination pales in comparison to the scandal enveloping the Whitehouse.

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