Bridgeport resident David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, came up short of the Republican convention support to make the August primary ballot for governor and eschewed a petition drive to wage a campaign. On Wednesday he issued several endorsements including for Bob Stefanowski, a petitioning candidate for governor. Stefanowski needs just over 9,000 signatures from Republican voters in Connecticut to secure an August ballot spot. He’s awaiting word from state elections officials.
The State of Connecticut is in serious trouble and the 2018 election may be our last chance to save the Constitution State from further decline. As a result, merit needs to matter more than ever. In addition, it will take a first rate Connecticut Turnaround Team to make and implement the needed tough choices and create a better future in the Constitution State. This team concept is one that I have advocated from Day One of my past Gubernatorial effort.
Since I announced that I was discontinuing my Gubernatorial Campaign, many of my supporters have asked me who I will support in the 2018 GOP Primary Election. In addition, several Gubernatorial and other statewide candidates have sought my endorsement and support.
There are a number of capable people seeking statewide office as Republicans in Connecticut. After conducting extensive research and engaging in numerous discussions, I have decided to endorse the following individuals for statewide office in the upcoming CT Republican Primary on August 14. I encourage all eligible individuals, including unaffiliated voters, to register Republican and vote in the August 14 GOP Primary. The stakes are too high and the consequences are too great to do otherwise. In addition, I encourage my supporters to consider supporting these campaigns financially and otherwise to the extent possible.
· GOVERNOR: BOB STEFANOWSKI–Bob’s background is the closest to mine. He is a former practicing CPA and a political outsider who has extensive executive experience in large and complex organizations. He is willing to make tough choices, has proven turn around experience, and is committed to a Connecticut Turnaround Team concept. Importantly, Bob has already submitted many more signatures than necessary to make the primary ballot. He has also assured me that he will participate in some future Gubernatorial Debates. You can find out more about Bob at www.BobforGovernor.com.
· LT. GOVERNOR: JAYME STEVENSON–Jayme is a leader with significant experience in both the private sector and government. She is a capable and multi-term First Selectman of Darien and Chair of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments. Her municipal experience would be very valuable in helping the Governor address a number of related challenges. You can find out more about Jayme at www.Stevenson4CT.com.
· ATTORNEY GENERAL: JOHN SHABAN–John is an experienced civil litigation attorney who is qualified to practice law before all relevant courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has six years of experience as a State Representative. This combination of experience would be very valuable in discharging the responsibilities of Attorney General. You can find out more about John at www.ShabanforAG.com.
· TREASURER: THAD GRAY–Thad has decades of investment policy and management experience. This is the primary responsibility of the Treasurer. He is also well aware of the fiscal challenges facing the state and is committed to help address them. You can find out more about Thad at www.ThadforCT.com.
· COMPTROLLER: KURT MILLER–Kurt understands that the Comptroller needs to be an independent and yet constructive fiscal guardian for the taxpayers of our state. He has been a fiscally responsible leader as First Selectman of Seymour and is committed to the key concepts of transparency and accountability. You can find out more about Kurt at www.KurtforCT.com.
· SECRETARY OF THE STATE: SUSAN CHAPMAN–Susan is running unopposed but she deserves support. She is a Former First Selectman of New Fairfield and is dedicated to ensuring election integrity and improving service to businesses in Connecticut. You can find out more about Susan at www.ChapmanforCT.com.