Connecticut Republicans narrowly lost the race for governor in 2010 after a contentious primary between former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley and then Lt. Governor Michael Fedele. The two attacked each other in a barrage of negative advertising, and Fedele’s commercials later became talking points for Democrats in the general election. Would a unified party have led to a different outcome in November?
We’ll never know, but State Senator John McKinney doesn’t seems to want to see a repeat of the ’10 GOP gubernatorial battle. During a taping of Face the State set to air Sunday, the senate minority leader told me he would not criticize his fellow Republican candidates for governor, and instead is focused on Governor Malloy.
Malloy has faced all sorts of challenges as governor from a massive budget deficit, to historic storms to a massacre. I asked McKinney why he would even want such a job. We also talked about the urban dilemma Republicans are now saddled with: they are losing in the cities and since Governor Malloy took office the mayor’s offices in Waterbury, New Britain and Middletown have all flipped from R to D. And in a page out of the Detroit playbook, Hartford Republicans didn’t even field a candidate for mayor in 2011.
We also have analysis on McKinney’s candidacy and the race from Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror and Johanna Somers of the Day of New London.
You can watch the entire interview with Senator McKinney, right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9140737
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