REPUBLICANS OBJECT TO PUBLICLY FINANCED CANDIDATES’ NEGATIVE ADS

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) led a number of high-ranking Republicans in objecting to candidates participating in the state’s citizens’ election program using their public funds for negative campaign advertising.

In a news conference before yesterday’s special session, McKinney showed two “negative” ads run by publicly funded candidates Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Mike Fedele, both candidates for governor. McKinney used the ads as an example of why he and other Republicans would be opposing increasing the amount granted to participating gubernatorial candidates.

The stand on the issue puts McKinney and others in an odd position. When the campaign finance reform law was originally passed, they objected because they said it would lead to government telling what candidates can and cannot do with the money. Now they seem to be doing just that.