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Eight Republican candidates for governor debated on live television Thursday night.  WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.

It was an odd way to begin what would be an odd debate.

After reminding viewers that a Quinnipiac University poll showed that half of Republican voters don’t know who they’d choose for governor, debate moderator Gerry Brooks introduced the candidates – and gave them a warning.

“There will be no rebuttals unless one candidate attacks another.  Attacks must be verbal.”

In fact, there were no such attacks at the debate sponsored by NBC Connecticut. Instead, the candidates running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination did their best to answer questions on issues like binding arbitration, the state’s business climate, the death penalty, urban development, and the state’s budget. Most of their answers were limited to a minute.

Several candidates, including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, took aim at the Democratic legislature.

“You can’t give the legislature any more money. They’re kind of like the movie Gremlins. If you feed them after midnight and give them water after midnight, they will multiply with bad ideas and bad public policy.”

Almost all of the candidates said the state’s biggest problem is a spending problem.  Former Congressman and University of New Haven President Larry DeNardis put a point on it.

“I would cut every department, every agency, every board, every commission, every council, eliminating some along the way.”

A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows that while former Ambassador Tom Foley leads the primary with 30 percent of the vote, 50 percent of Republican voters are still undecided. 

Democratic candidates for governor will debate tonight at 7 p.m.

For WNPR, I’m Jeff Cohen.





What About I&R?

The candidates should be held accountable on their position regarding Ballot Initiative & Referendum. It is sad that in a small state like ours where our towns have this right, our state officials and legislators seem reluctant about giving us an ability to impact an unresponsive legislature.


Republican Governor candidates

So Mayor Boughton Criticizes the legislature for spending money and complains as mayor that state spending for cities is cut?  I don't think you can have it both ways Mr. Boughton, but that's typical of Republicans in CT. and across the nation, isn't it?


Good Morning Jeff

Take alook at the Capital testimony I gave:


go to the 1:13:30 on the time line

this should give better reason to my journey to
fight for jobs by fighting for small business in Connecticut
and fighting for small business access to credit which
has brought commerce to a halt in our nation.
I wrote House Bill 5501 (S.A.F.E. Act) to make a difference
and the Legislature has voted in unanimity last year.
Governor did not sign the Bill. We are year too late?
Small business owners are dying. Homeowners are
foreclosed. (past tense)...we are at a personal crisis
or involved with someon in crisis. This Bill works NOW.
Yes....IT's A Journey....a journey through a process
unkown for me...taking blows from a Governor who
gives no pause to my need to address small business.

Why not...?

When we arrive at the end of the 'journey' ...
I hope it's together...and in safe hands....we
will be heard. ...altough folks 'laugh' and ridicule'
my attendence in the debate...I am there to make a
stand...perhaps you can understand this.

See you on the other side of victory.