Raise your hand if you’re unhappy about the current state of affairs. I’d raise mine but I can’t type with one hand. I mean, I could try but… eh, I’m rambling.
So, it’s gonna be an interesting election year in Connecticut. For the first time in years, the state has a real chance of voting in a Republican majority to its Senate.
CT Mirror writes that the GOP needs to win only four seats to flip the state majority. Currently, Senate Democrats are sitting comfortably with their 21-15 majority. However, they shouldn’t be getting too attached to those seats.
State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven,) believes that the stars have aligned this year, bringing a myriad of reasons that will aid state Republicans. Fasano says that the state government’s low approval rating, Trump’s pomp and fanfare, along with the state’s largest business lobby siding with business-friendly candidates will bring much-needed change to the state.
Seats that were once viewed as untouchable because they belonged to incumbents are ripe for the taking. Fasano explained, “Every seat is in play. The governor’s at 24 percent. The legislature’s at 24 percent in the last poll, and I think when they say the legislature, that just reflects the policies that the legislature has passed, which means the Democratic majority is at 24 percent.”
Voters are angry. The complacency of voting along party-lines has diminished. Citizens feel that their elected officials are serving their own best interests and, at the same time, driving the state into the ground.
Between the massive state-wide layoffs, skyrocketing taxes, and an endless stream of fleeing businesses; residents want to vote EVERYONE out. The general consensus is that our politicians failed us and no one deserves a 3rd, 4th, or 50th chance.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) believes Fasano is delusional and has turned to “fear-mongering” to gain support. He believes Connecticut residents are misplacing their anger on the state level and should direct their outrage on the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress.
He also said that residents have faith in the Democratic party and are pleased with how they created jobs and bolstered the middle class despite the sluggish economy.
As for Fasano thinking that the GOP can steal away those much needed 4 seats with the help of Trump, Duff says they’re in for a rude awakening. But it’s not like he’s gonna complain. He said, “If they’re attached to the hip with Trump, I’m very happy.”
The last time Republicans gained Senate majority was 32-years ago when Ronald Reagan ran for President. There hasn’t been a Republican majority in 20 years.
But, who knows, maybe this year will be different.