Pushing for a staunch, right-wing, social conservative to lead the Connecticut Republican Party is the surest way to ensure that the entire state congressional delegation, constitutional officers, the governor’s office and both chambers of the General Assembly remain in Democratic hands.
However, Peter Wolfgang, the head of the Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC), thinks that’s exactly where the party should go. He is calling for replacing current state Republican Party chairman Chris Healy and replacing him with Doug Hageman who Wolfgang thinks will bring in more social conservatives.
First, that kind of move would only solidify the “blueness” of the state. While possibly leaning a bit right fiscally—especially in Fairfield and Litchfield counties—the vast majority of the state is progressive on social issues.
Second, despite the outcomes of the 2010 elections, Republican Chairman Chris Healy is a formidable foil to Democrats. As a political analyst, I’d say Republicans would be smart to keep Healy on. As a registered Democrat, I’d say, “Bring on Wolfgang and Hageman—we want to maintain dominance in elected offices.”
Wolfgang’s Facebook home page was featured in the political blog CapitolWatch.com. I checked it out and all I can say is, “Mr. Wolfgang, you score no points by having a picture of you and your family with ashes on their foreheads . I got ashes on Ash Wednesday, too. But I don’t feel the need to put pictures of it on Facebook to boost my Catholic cred.