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McKinney & Walker Team Up

by | May 17, 2014 10:16am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2014

Hugh McQuaid photo Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney and David Walker merged their campaigns Saturday shortly before Republican delegates would decide which one of five gubernatorial candidates and three lieutenant governor candidates would move forward to an August primary.

“He has strengths I don’t, I have strengths he doesn’t,” McKinney said. “But we have the same idea and vision to bring Connecticut forward.”

The two are hoping their partnership gives them an advantage not only in the delegate count, but in the race for public financing.

“If we were to merge our finances today we’d be qualified and ready to go,” McKinney said. “As far as delegates, we both expect to get our 15 percent, hopefully more, and move on into a primary.”

It’s unclear yet if the two will merge their finances, but McKinney said they would be qualified if they merged today. However, both will continue to fundraise with the hopes of achieving their goals separately so they are able to access the full $750,000 and $1.3 million for the primary. McKinney said if that’s not attainable then they will merge, but they have until July to continue raising funds.

Republican Tom Foley, the frontrunner in the governor’s race and the 2010 nominee, said he’s already raised enough money to qualify for public financing. However, whether he continues down that path is still uncertain. Foley largely self-funded his 2010 campaign. He spent nearly $10 million during that campaign and came within 6,404 votes of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Foley’s campaign has argued that it would be best for the party to avoid a primary and rally behind him, but that’s an unlikely scenario.

On Saturday, Foley said he’s not going to be choosing a lieutenant governor candidate before the delegates or the Republican voters make up their minds. He said he doesn’t believe McKinney and Walker’s merger will have an impact on his campaign.

McKinney said he’s been speaking with Walker, but before the two merged Walker needed to clear his name.

State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, who is running for the lieutenant governor nomination, issued an apology Friday night for accusing Walker of making an issue of her biracial marriage.

“We didn’t want the story to be about that,” Walker said. “We wanted to put that story behind us. We wanted the story to be a positive story.”

Asked about Foley’s attempts to avoid a primary, McKinney said he won’t be attacking other Republican candidates in the race. McKinney said under public financing there’s no reason to avoid a primary because, unlike a Congressional race, “you could end up exhausting your funds.”

He said a primary doesn’t weaken the finances of the candidates.

Under public financing the candidate who wins the primary will get $6 million for the general election.

McKinney said he thinks he and Walker are a strong enough ticket to convince Republican voters that they will be a better match against Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Heather Bond Somers also teamed up prior to the convention. Joe Visconti and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti are also vying for the gubernatorial nomination.

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posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 17, 2014  11:12am

That’s too bad.  The republicans still don’t get it.  McKinney should have lowered his expectations to the realistic and teamed with Foley.

Weicker is right.  They are lost.


posted by: Joebigjoe | May 17, 2014  11:49am

Walker should have spent some time on this board and then he would have thought twice about teaming with McKinney.

I just can’t vote for McKinney. No way. I’ll fill out the rest of the ballot but leave that blank before I do that.

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 17, 2014  12:42pm

GOP endorsed Foley so we got that part right.

posted by: art vandelay | May 18, 2014  9:14am

art vandelay

The only goal of the Republican Party should be to defeat Malloy. In order to accomplish this goal, Republicans needed to come out of the Convention united. They are not. For the good of the Party, McKinney needs bow out and NOT get into a primary.  In 2008 Hillary bowed out to unite the party and the Democrats won. McKinney needs to put his personal issues aside for the good of the party and NOT force a primary. The Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot.  HUGE MISTAKE!  It will cost them the election.

posted by: SocialButterfly | May 18, 2014  4:29pm

I agree with Art.  The Republicans cannot come out of a primary united - to win an election—without leaving our LOSER Malloy Democratic administration as winners—which is the end of any hope to turn this failing state around from the bad leadership that is sinking our once great state to oblivion.

posted by: JustRight | May 18, 2014  11:39pm

Walker has NOT been an active CT Republican and has not earned a spot on the ticket.  He has fallen out of the national media spotlight and now wants a senior job in CT.  He needs to take his outsized ego somewhere else.

posted by: GBear423 | May 19, 2014  10:11am


Art is right, only a united party can win. I saw the headline and thought oh goody 4 more years of Dannel… wake up CTGOP, tell McKinney to bow out and he will benefit from therespect.
As Joe points out, Hillary did it and despite Benghazi and the Middle East, N Korea, China, Russia, and S America all becoming more of a threat to our Nat’l Security during her time at State Dept, she is their baby in 2016.

posted by: GBear423 | May 19, 2014  11:52am


oops, Edit**- as Art further elaborates, Hillary gained from taking the high road. 
Glad 2nd US Congressional District has Hopkins-Cavanaugh running without Primary challenges. Tough battle nonetheless.

posted by: Salmo | May 21, 2014  7:23am

JustRight is exactly right. Walker is just looking for a place to land. Watch out for that guy.

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