CT GOP Uses Presidential Visit to Whack Obama, Malloy but Doesn’t Mention Minimum Wage

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President Barack ObamaConnecticut Republican Party chairman Jerry Labriola is taking the opportunity of President Obama’s visit to the state to smack around both Obama and Gov. Dannel Malloy. The president’s appearance is at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain. His visit is to bolster the case for an increase in the minimum wage.

“Over the past few years, Connecticut voters have come to associate Democrats with higher taxes, government spending, and fewer jobs – and rightfully so,” Labriola said in a statement. “Since first taking office in 2011, Dan Malloy has passed the largest tax increase in state history, increased spending by nearly $3,000,000,000 and allowed our economy to become the worst in the nation…”

Labriola might be trying to demonize Democrats but he really should be worrying about the fact that every member of Congress, both US Senators from Connecticut, the governor and all the constitutional officers in the state are Democrats. How disenchanted can the voters be?


Another curious thing about Labriola’s statement is that he doesn’t even mention the hot button issue the president is here for—raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Almost universally, the increase is anathema to Republicans. Could it be that he is staying away from the topic because the latest Quinnipiac poll out this week showed Connecticut voters favor the increase by a 3 to 1 margin?

Republican gubernatorial candidate and 2010 GOP nominee Tom Foley can read the poll. He came out yesterday in favor of raising the wage.

Although the CCSU is not Malloy’s show (he did greet him at Bradley airport)—Governors Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin of Vermont  are also attending—Labriola used the occasion to whack Malloy.

“Far too many families in Connecticut are living paycheck-to-paycheck in the Dan Malloy no-growth economy. We all agree that more must be done to help those who struggle to make ends meet, but as long as the cost of doing business in Connecticut remains among the highest in the nation, good-paying jobs will continue to flee our state,” Labriola said.