A Message for Black Voters from Political Trailblazer


25 years ago history was made in Connecticut, when voters chose for the first time, a black candidate to represent them in congress. In 1990, Gary Franks became the first black Republican elected to congress since the Great Depression.

There has been no black sent to Washington from Connecticut since Franks’ re-election to a third term in 1994, a drought that includes all of New England. Franks is now trying change that.

In an exclusive interview set to air on Face the State this Sunday morning at 11 on WFSB, Franks talks about his career, and his new job working as a political consultant in Maryland. He talked at length about his friends in the presidential race, including Jeb Bush and his Yale classmate Ben Carson, and made the argument that it is time black voters left the Democratic party and voted Republican. You’ll see him make his detailed case on Sunday.

What about a political comeback? At 62, Franks is younger than Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, but says running for office is part of his past. He lost his last two campaigns: a 1996 re-election battle, and a 1998 senate race to Chris Dodd.


Also, Sunday our political roundtable with West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka and Hartford Courant columnist and Daily Ructions author Kevin Rennie.  The two made some good television as they  disagreed on the Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy, and also talked about Donald Trump and Senator Richard Blumenthal.  The pair both had similar assessments on former Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s bid for a political comeback.  He will not like what they had to say.


We round out the show with the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that started with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.   I accepted her challenge, and this Sunday you’ll see former Hartford Whalers owner Richard Gordon accept mine and issue his own challenge.

Join me for the Labor Day weekend edition of Face the State, this Sunday morning at 11 on WFSB Channel 3..

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