CT GOP Looking to 2013 and 2014 Races

the last Republican to carry Connecticut in a presidential election

The Connecticut Republican party is back to the drawing board, again.     After making no gains in the legislature and losing the senate race and all five congressional races, the party is wondering where it goes next.     Mitt Romney lost the state by 18 points to President Obama, and carried one county:  Litchfield.    The last time a GOP presidential candidate won Connecticut was 1988.     The last time a Republican won a senate race here was 1982.

This Sunday on Face the State we talk about with two Republicans:   former party vice chairwoman Catherine Marx, and one of the GOP’s bright spots in 2012, State senator-elect Art Linares.    Linares is a Cuban-American from Westbrook and picked up the seat held by retiring Democrat Eileen Daily.

Marx said the party will now focus on the municipal elections next year, but no doubt the media will soon start focusing on the race for governor in 2014.   We talked about potential candidates, and I asked Marx if any of them include women.      The Democrats accused Republicans of being anti-women, and it certainly worked in the senate race, where women helped propel Chris Murphy over Linda McMahon, who failed in her second attempt to break the glass ceiling.

As for Linares, he could be a key player in Republican growth in the cities, where the party gets absolutely blown out year after year thanks to Latino voters going for Democrats.   Things are so bad, Mitt Romney got only 6% of the vote in Hartford.  Republicans didn’t even field a candidate for mayor last year, and as a result, couldn’t even get a single seat on the city council.

You can watch the entire interview this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, only on Channel 3.

UPDATE:  watch the segment right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7941044

4 replies »

  1. Dennis –

    Marx is a lovely woman who currently holds no office with the state party what-so-ever. She was soundly rejected as a candidate for party chair last year.

    -Doug Hageman State Central 16th district 860 919-8315


    • Message to
      Doug Hageman,
      They like Catherine Marx. Hence the reason she gets invited back over and over again. By the way, who are you? just curious……


  2. In response to this phrase, “where women helped propel Chris Murphy over Linda McMahon, who failed in her second attempt to break the glass ceiling.” The reason that women helped Chris Murphy win is because Linda McMahon despite being a woman would be disadvantageous to women’s rights. Furthermore, to even suggest that Linda McMahon lost because of a glass ceiling is poor reporting.


    • Catherine Marx did an excellent job and has many ideas that will help the Connecticut Republican Party. As Chairman of the Trumbull Republican Party -and a loyal friend of Catherine’s – I know first hand how much of a benefit it would be to implement her ideas
      Jack Testani
      Trumbull Republican Party


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