HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – Thursday marks a year since the deadly insurgency at the nation’s Capitol in Washington, DC
Democratic State Party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said democracy was under threat that day.
“Inspired by the rhetoric of Donald Trump, his supporters started a violent riot,” said DiNardo.
The state‘s Democratic Party leaders added that Republicans had established “the big lie” – claiming the election was stolen.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin asked, “To Bob Stefanowski who is looking to establish himself as a standard bearer. Are you going to condemn Donald Trump?
Republican Party Chairman Ben Proto said Democrats, including Governor Ned Lamont, were afraid.
“They’ve decided that Bob Stefanowski, for whatever reason, is their bogeyman,” Proto said. “It’s interesting considering that Bob Stefanowski is not running for governor or any other post at the moment.”
Proto said blaming all Republicans for what happened in Washington, DC is foolish.
“I understand why they look back because if they look forward they see an abyss that they are falling into,” Proto said.
Republican Bob Stefanowski defended himself in a statement to News 8, saying, “As we approach the one-year anniversary of our U.S. Capitol tragedy, we can all agree whether it’s Washington, DC or Connecticut, the violence is never the answer. . Everyone found responsible for this tragedy should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. But while we can’t forget how we all felt that day, President Biden won the election over a year ago. It’s time to move away from division and hyper-partisanship and work together to provide the people of Connecticut with better public safety, a lower cost of living, and a quality education for their children.
Democrats have said backing former President Donald Trump will be a campaign issue. State Representative Geraldo Reyes, Democratic Chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, said Waterbury is surrounded by many cities leaning over Trump.
“Prospect still has rallies every weekend. Trump is mobilizing. A year later, ”Reyes said.
House Speaker Matt Ritter said every Republican wishing to run for office next year has a question to answer.
“They have to decide if it’s him (Donald Trump), or should we start supporting more reasonable candidates?” Ritter said.
Former Republican House Leader Themis Klarides is one of the Republicans who filed election documents to spend his own money exploring a gubernatorial candidacy.
“January 6 was a terrible day for our nation,” Klarides told News 8. “Violence must never be America’s way of resolving our political differences. I condemned it then, and I condemn it now. I’m focused on the future of Connecticut and on solving the serious issues facing too many families here at home. It’s not a state people can afford to live in, and it is my goal for the future. ”
State Republican caucus leaders are also speaking out a year after the attack on Capitol Hill.
House Republican Minority Leader Vin Candelora told News 8:
“We should commemorate what happened on January 6 by bringing together political parties and elected officials, without perpetuating this division.”
Senate Minority Republican leaders Kevin Kelly and Paul Formica said, “In Connecticut, we don’t stand for violence or those who incite division. This is not the Connecticut way.
The 2022 statewide election is 10 months away.