Wednesday, July 21, 2010

No clear alliances in major Connecticut party races this year

One thing you won't get most candidates in Connecticut's Aug. 10 primary to talk about is whom they're supporting in races other than their own.
With the exception of the Ned Lamont-Mary Glassman vs. Dan Malloy-Nancy Wyman tickets in the Democratic primaries for governor and lieutenant governor, there are few public alliances between candidates across contested primary races.
In the Republican race for governor, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton dropped out (like Glassman on the Democratic side) to run for lieutenant governor as Michael Fedele's informal running mate. But the other two candidates, Tom Foley and Oz Griebel, chose not to run "with" a lieutenant governor nominee.
And when we asked our readers what slate of candidates they were supporting, it was all over the place. Even some who are supporting Fedele prefer his opponent in the lieutenant governor race, Lisa Wilson-Foley, and many supporting Boughton prefer Griebel or Foley over Fedele.
We looked for patterns of support between the U.S. Senate and 5th District Congress races, but honestly found none.
Support for Justin Bernier, or Sam Caligiuri, or even Mark Greenberg (who has endorsed Peter Schiff in the Senate race and vice versa) does not, apparently, tie to support to any one candidate for governor or Senate.

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