Delaware and Connecticut Special Elections Next Week - 2/25 and 2/28
As many of you know, I have been beating the drum about State Legislative races. Winning seats in these races is of critical importance not only to our party but, potentially, to our Democratic-Republic.
It bears repeating. Republicans are only 24 state legislative seats away from controlling all state legislative bodies in 38 states. Once they hit the threshold they will have the power to change the constitution as they see fit, with nothing Democrats can do to stop them.
- reproductive rights — abolished
- marriage equality — ended
- voting rights — restricted
Those 3 things are just the best case scenario changes if we cede this kind of power to the Republican Party.
OUR WEAK POINTS
The 24 seats that the Republicans need to flip are found in 6 states, detailed below:
LEGISLATIVE BODIES BETWEEN REPUBLICANS & CONTROL OF 38 STATE LEGISLATURES
If Republicans succeed in flipping these chambers, they will amend our Constitution. We can not allow that to happen. 4 of these seats are up for special election THIS MONTH. We must support these races now. Here are the races, 3 of them determine which party controls that legislative body.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOES NOT SEE THIS DANGER
The situation in Connecticut AND Delaware makes it crystal clear the Democratic Party DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE DANGER WE FACE HERE. CONTACT YOUR ELECTED DEMS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT AND ALERT THEM OF THIS DANGER.
In Connecticut, one Senate seat and the open House seat are both the result of Democrats pursuing appointments made by Democratic Governor Dan Malloy. This is madness, putting 2 of 24 seats needed for Republicans to amend the Constitution in electoral danger in a super low turnout environment is just madness and a clear, very clear indication that the Democratic party does not see the threat we face. If they see the threat, they are either engaged in political malpractice or they want Republicans to gain the power to amend the constitution.
In Delaware, this formerly Democratic seat was put into a special election by the district being vacated by gubernatorial appointment. Again, it is more than clear the Democratic party does not see the danger we face there. Placing these seats into low turnout special elections with the stakes we are facing is utter madness. It just is.
CONNECTICUT BALANCE OF POWER
All of the seats in the other column are empty seats to be filled by special election on February 28, 2017. All 3 of those seats are critical to turning back Republicans efforts to control 38 states in order to amend our Constitution.
CONNECTICUT SENATE SPECIAL ELECTION FEBRUARY 28
Prior to the November 2016 election Democrats enjoyed a 21-15 majority in the State Senate. Republicans gained 3 seats to tie the chamber at 18-18. Two vacancies arose since the election, one Democrat, and one Republican seat. Whoever wins these races could determine which party controls the chamber.
Special elections are notorious for their remarkably low turnout and low turnout elections all tend to favor the Republican on the ballot. We must engage in these races to drive turnout as much as possible. And there is little time. Below are the Democratic candidates that need your support. If you are in the New England states these races I am certain could use your help.
Senate District 32 was formerly a Republican seat and House District 115 poses the hardest seat to win of the 3 (according to a local kossak). I am sure they can all use help though.
I believe there is public financing for these state races in Connecticut.
CONNECTICUT SENATE DISTRICT 2 — DOUGLAS MCCRORY
In another sign that Democrats are not taking this threat seriously, I can find no active campaign website and not even a campaign facebook page. I presume he is actively trying to win this seat, but I am not sure anyone can engage in this race. He also is a sitting member of the Connecticut House, which means, if he wins, Connecticut Democrats are putting another seat we need to defend the Constitution in electoral danger in a low turnout Special Election.
Here are the only contact methods I have found for him if you do want to reach out:
I wish I had contact info for his campaign, but I was unable to find any of that information.
On a post I did yesterday a person familiar with Connecticut politics recommended people contact party operatives in each district to see what help they need, so here is that contact info:
- Bloomfield: Hon. David Baram — (860) 243-3041
- Hartford: Mark DiBella — (860) 982-1086
- Windsor: Darleen Klase — (860) 977-7884
- State Central Committee
- Nathan Karnes (860) 219-9953
- Harriette Howard harriettehoward -at- Comcast -dot- net
CONNECTICUT SENATE DISTRICT 32 — GREGORY CAVA
Here are various ways you can reach out to the Gregory Cava campaign:
- campaign email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- campaign website: Greg Cava for State Senate
- facebook page: Greg Cave for State Senate
Party operative in this district contact info:
- Watertown: J. Paul Vance — (203) 510-3175
- Woodbury: Lesa Peters — (203) 232-8231
- Southbury: Denise Forgione — (203) 910-9569
- Seymour: Philip Wilhelmy — (203) 888-4383
- Bridgewater: Alan Brown — (203) 354-3586
- Roxbury: Tina Brockett — (860) 354-9157
- Washington: Kerry O’Toole — (860) 868-1618
- Bethlehem: Anne Marie Mastroianni — (203) 266-7115
- State Central Committee
- Ed Edelson ededelson -at- charter -dot- net
- Sharon Botelle-Sherman (203) 266-9051
CONNECTICUT HOUSE DISTRICT 115 — DORINDA BORER
Here are various ways you can reach out to the Dorinda Borer campaign:
- facebook page: Dorinda Borer for State Representative, West Haven
OK, that is all I can find for her.
Party contact info for this district:
- West Haven — Jim Morrissey (203) 937-0586
THE DELAWARE BALANCE OF POWER
In this case, this seat and the entire Senate chamber is up for election due to an appointment by a Democratic governor. Why are Democrats willing to risk our Constitution ike this? Low turnout elections, which special elections are are prime avenues for Republicans to win seats they otherwise could not. Given the stakes why take this risk?
DELAWARE SENATE DISTRICT 10 — STEPHANIE HANSEN
This seat is up for special election on February 25. This is a critical race in the battle to stop Republicans from gaining the 24 seats they need to amend the Constitution. If we lose this race, Republicans control another legislative body and are one seat closer to the danger of a Constitution amended by Republicans.
- Learn about the candidate Stephanie Hansen here.
- Like her facebook page and posts, leave positive comments on her posts. I know it seems hokey, but like activity, comments and so on raises her profile in her constituents feeds. So read, click on links like and comment things on her page FOUND HERE.
- Just found out she has a Facebook badge too.
WE NEED TO WIN THESE SEATS — HELP IF YOU CAN