“Oz Griebel, who recently retired as leader of the MetroHartford Alliance and exited the Republican Party, will open an independent campaign for governor Wednesday by introducing his running mate, Monte Frank, a Sandy Hook gun-control activist, former Democrat and immediate past president of the Connecticut Bar Association.”
“Frank is a founder of Team 26, a group that rides their bicycles every year to Washington, D.C., from Newtown, the scene of the Sandy Hook School massacre that claimed the lives of 26 students and educators five years ago. Frank lives in Newtown.”
“His campaign web site went live Tuesday night under the slogan, ‘No parties. No politics. Just solutions.’”
“Four years ago, Griebel looked at a looming deficit and declined to rule out seeking new taxes. ‘I would never rule anything off limits. I think that’s a foolish thing to do in any time,’ he said then. Griebel also was willing four years ago to consider highway tolls, but only if the revenue was dedicated to rebuilding transportation infrastructure.”
“Griebel and Frank must gather the signatures of 7,500 registered voters to qualify for the November ballot by Aug. 8. They can begin on Jan. 2” (Connecticut Mirror)
“Griebel and Frank have bypassed forming an exploratory committee and are creating the required campaign committees in filings with the state. The candidates also will not seek public financing but fund their campaign through individual donations.” (Hartford Courant)
MAJOR MAYORS. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling (D) “announced Tuesday his support for Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s (D) decision to explore a run for governor. … Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary … expressed his support for Bronin last week.” (Laredo Morning Times)
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