CT Politics: GOP leadership favorite skipped party events for football, critics say

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If we had a dollar for every time football is used as a metaphor in politics, Connecticut’s deficit would be wiped out.

But this is unheard of — the front-runner to become the No. 2 leader of the Connecticut GOP is facing criticism that he puts his beloved team ahead of his party.

“ is routinely absent from local campaign events throughout the months of September, October, and November due to his commitment to NFL Washington Redskins football games,” read a letter opposing Slater’s candidacy for vice chairman of the state party.

The talking points memo against Slater, who was Bridgeport’s GOP boss from 2012 to 2016, was signed by three members of the . They are Joe and and .

Slater declined to comment.

The 72 members of the will vote Tuesday night on the leadership slate for the next two years. The party chairman, Derby native , is not expected to face a challenge. Wilton’s Annalisa Stravato, the current vice chairwoman, dropped her re-election bid last week, citing a lack of support from Romano. That opened up a lane for Slater, who is considered the favorite over Margaret “Meg” Casasanta, the party’s secretary, for second in command.

The Bridgeport GOP triumvirate in its letter questioned the fundraising chops of Slater and his party-building prowess, saying that Republican enrollment declined while he was chairman in the state’s largest city. outnumber Republicans by about 10-to-1 in Bridgeport.

Reversing migratory patterns

It dubs itself as “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.”

The Villages, you know the over-55 community northwest of Orlando with that beckons snow birds — and perhaps those who want to escape the state income tax and estate tax.

When he was in Connecticut last week as part of his , Florida’s Gov. touted The Villages lifestyle to Fairfield County business leaders and fellow Republicans. Since he came into office, he said, the population has steadily increased to over 114,000 and has room to grow to 200,000 residents. Every year, 2,500 new homes are sold in the development, he said.

Could Connecticut replicate The Villages?

Westport’s , CEO of Hamden-based printer manufacturer TransAct Technologies and organizer of the Norwalk business roundtable headlined by Scott, said Connecticut should build senior housing in the eastern part of the state where land is affordable and space is abundant. That would keep older taxpayers from fleeing the state, he said. Planners could partner with major hospitals to build new medical facilities in the region, he said.

Not that Scott isn’t waiting with open arms.

“So we have moving vans out front,” Scott quipped.

Murphy moonlights as NBA draftnik

isn’t the only one who puzzles .

Taking a break from the highly-charged debate over Trumpcare Thursday night, Connecticut’s junior U.S. senator blockbuster trade of the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Let’s just say it doesn’t appear that Murphy is a fan of his favorite team passing on top pick Markelle Fultz to stockpile future draft assets. The Celtics wound up drafting Duke’s with the third pick instead.

“But wouldn’t Fultz have been a better pick? Not really understanding the urgency to drop to 3,” Murphy tweeted.

Murphy’s instant analysis sparked a Twitter debate over the direction of the franchise and what will go down as one of the most scrutinized trades in NBA history. It came in response to a tweet by , a Celtics beat writer for the , who called Tatum a “great” pick.

Not all of Murphy’s constituents appreciated the diversion.

“ ‘Millions’ are gonna die under #TrumpCare but you’re tweeting about B-ball? #notmysenator” a Twitter user identifying himself as of Newtown replied to Murphy.

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