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Trippi Likely to Consult for Bysiewicz

The Democrat is one of three women raising sufficient funds for a governor bid.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 5, 2018, 10:50 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) hasn’t officially hired veteran Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, but he “said he hopes to ‘lead on strategy and media if she decides to run.’

“Among more than 25 candidates in a crowded field, Bysiewicz has an advantage in the race for multiple reasons, Trippi said. Bysiewicz has won statewide races and has deep experience in government as a legislator and as a Secretary of the State, he said, adding that Democrats are particularly energized in 2018 against President Donald J. Trump. Pointing out that some Republican women voted for” his client Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), “Tripp said Republican women in Connecticut might cross party lines and vote for Bysiewicz in the same way.” (Hartford Courant)

The “governor’s race remains largely a white man’s club. Just eight of the roughly 30 candidates who have filed papers for a possible gubernatorial run are women. And only three of those women—Bysiewicz,” state Sen. Toni Boucher (R), “and former state Democratic party vice chairwoman Dita Bhargava—have raised significant sums of money to fund a competitive effort.” (Hartford Courant)

Former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst (R) “announced a half dozen new endorsements Monday. … The endorsements included” state Rep. Greg Stokes (R), “the Republican chairmen of West Haven, Groton, Trumbull and Putnam and one member of the state Republican Party’s governing body.” (Hartford Courant)

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