Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Primaries Confront Gender, Generation and Race

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Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Primaries Confront Gender, Generation and Race

By Mark Pazniokas |

The office is derided as a spare part of government, a job with few duties other than being available should the boss go ill or worse. But primaries for lieutenant governor in Connecticut are asking Democrats and Republicans to think about their openness and appeal to millennials and minorities in a decidedly unsettled election cycle.

“Honestly, it represents a changing of the guard,” said Erin Stewart, the 31-year-old Republican mayor of New Britain, who has cast her campaign in a three-way race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor as a call for generational change. “It’ll say which party is ready for this change.”

Her message faltered two weeks ago at the Republican convention, where she ran a distant second to one of the most conservative members of the state Senate, Joe Markley of Southington. He had been seeking the endorsement for 14 months, while Stewart ended a gubernatorial campaign on the eve of the convention to compete for L.G.

It was a different story last weekend at the Democratic convention.  A stunning 40 percent of the delegates rejected former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz — the running mate chosen by their presumptive gubernatorial nominee, Ned Lamont — in favor of a young woman of Puerto Rican…TO READ MORE CLICK HERE

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June 6, 2018

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