Republicans focus on Crisco-Logan State Senate race

Republicans focus on Crisco-Logan State Senate race


EVEN BRINGIN SOME ON STAGE WITH HIM. 3 HERE IN CONNECTICUT REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING HARD TO TRY TO CAPTURE THE MAJORITY IN THE STATE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 8TH. THEY NEED TO HOLD THE SEATS THEY HAVE AND PICK UP JUST FOUR SENATE SEATS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THAT CHAMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE.CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS US LIVE AS HE CONTINUES HIS CLOSE UP LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE COMPETITIVE RACES IN THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY. GOOD EVENING MARK. 3 GOOD EVENING. SOME CONNECTICUT POLITICAL OBSERVERS ARE SAYING THE 17TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT IS ONE OF THE RACES TO WATCH ON ELECTION NIGHT IT INCLUDES SOME OF THE SUBURBS JUST NORTH OF NEW HAVEN AND PART OF NAUGATUCK, AND ALL OF BEACON FALLS, BETHANY AND ANSONIA. 3 82 YEAR OLD DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR JOE CRISCO CAMPAIGNS DOOR TO DOOR EVERY DAY….JUST LIKE HE’S DONE TWELVE TIMES BEFORE IN THIS DISTRICT THAT THAT INCLUDES HAMDEN AND WOODBRIDGE AND SEVERAL TOWNS IN THE NAUGATUCK VALLEY. BY VIRTUE OF HIS TENURE, AND PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH THE STATE’S LARGEST PRIVATE EMPLOYER; UNITED TECHNOLOGIES, HE IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATE LEADERSHIP. HE IS BEING OPPOSED THIS TIME BY 47 YEAR OLD GEORGE LOGAN WHO IS AN ENGINEER WITH THE AQUARION WATER COMPANY WITH DEEP COMMUNITY SERVICE ROOTS IN THE AREA. HE ALSO HAS THE DISTINCTION IN CONNECTICUT OF BEING A RARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPUBLICAN. HE SAYS HE’S A CENTRIST THAT LEANS RIGHT. AND SAYS JOBS AND THE ECONOMY ARE THE MAIN ISSUES HERE… AND THAT GOVERNOR MALLOY’S POLICIES, AIDED BY CRISCO AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, ARE THE PROBLEM.[LOGAN] “FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS HE’S VOTED NEARLY ONE-HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME DIRECTLY IN LINE WITH THE MAJORITY PARTY LEADERSHIP AND WITH GOVERNOR MALLOY.”[CRISCO] “FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE A PROVEN RECORD AND I HAVE PROVEN SERVICE AND WHEN YOU SPEAK OF GOVERNOR MALLOY YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE TRIPPLE THREAT VICTORY OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS.” BY THAT CRISCO MEANS THE MALLOY TAX BREAK DEAL THAT SECURED PRATT AND WHITNEY, JOBS AT ELECTRIC BOAT AND ESPECIALLY THE TAX BREAK DEAL TO SAVE SIKORSKY. [CRISCO] “IN MY DISTRICT THERE ARE PROBABLY ABOUT TEN MAJOR SUBCONTRACTORS FOR SIKORSKY AND IT HELPS A LOT OF FAMILIES.”[LOGAN] “WHAT I AM UNHAPPY ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THESE TYPES OF EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES TO KEEP A COMPANY LIKE SIKORSKY IN THE STATE.” CRISCO NOTES THAT THERE WERE SEVENTY-FIVE SIMILAR DEALS MADE IN OTHER STATES AND THAT KEEPING BIG BUSINESS IS VERY COMPETITIVE…. LOGAN ALSO FAULTS CRISCO AND MALLOY ON ANOTHER ISSUE. [LOGAN] “TWO OF THE HIGHEST TAX INCREASES IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUIT. I THINK THAT THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP AND SENATOR CRISCO; THEY’RE LIVING IN A DIFFERENT REALITY THAN THE REST OF US ARE. [CRISCO] “THERE ARE TIMES THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME VERY TOUGH DECISIONS AND WHEN THAT ACTION WAS TAKEN IT WAS NECESSARY.” DONALD TRUMP RECEIVED RECORD NUMBERS OF VOTES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN THE NAUGATUCK VALLEY AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS EXPECT HE’LL DO WELL ON NOVEMBER 8TH AND THERE COULD BE A TRICKLEDOWN AFFECT ON THIS RACE. BUT LOGAN HAS STEERED CLEAR OF ENDORSING TRUMP SAYING THAT LEGISLATIVE RACES ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO RESIDENTS’ LIVES AND THAT IS HIS FOCUS. 3 CRISCO POINTS TO HIS WORK ON THE LEGISLATURE’S INSURANCE COMMITTEE THAT HELPED TO EXPAND COVERAGE FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS AS AN EXAMPLE OF HIS EFFECTIVENESS AND ANOTHER REASON TO SEND HIM BACK TO HARTFORD. LIVE, FROM THE HARTFORD NEWSROOM,

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