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New Haven GOP Fundraiser Focuses on Future as Tea Party Protests

by New Haven Register | Jan 17, 2014 8:16am
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Posted to: Election 2014

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Tea party supporters, including Zeqir Berisha of Waterbury, protest on College Street outside the Owl Shop Thursday in New Haven, where top GOP leaders met for a private fundraiser.

The Republican National Committee chairman told a smokey room packed with ambitious Republicans the mantra they’re hoping to make a reality in 2014.

They can “turn Connecticut red again, like Connecticut always was,” Reince Priebus said in the closed event, which brought about 170 Republicans to a private fundraiser Thursday night. They are going to be a party that doesn’t just show up every four years, but in every race.

While Priebus and Republicans from throughout the state and facets of politics spoke amongst themselves of strategies and policy, division in their party showed itself in the form of about 25 protesters gathered across the street.

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posted by: art vandelay | January 17, 2014  9:53am

art vandelay

It’s interesting that the Republicans chose New Haven for their meeting.  Don’t they realize New Haven has no Republican Party.
LaBriola stated that “It’s time for the Republicans to take control”, yet he has no clue as to how to accomplish that feat.  The gun advocates would stand a better chance of re-gaining power than the Republicans.

posted by: StanMuzyk | January 17, 2014  1:14pm

@Art:  What else is new?

posted by: Joebigjoe | January 17, 2014  2:47pm

Why do they need to smoke? Didnt they learn its bad for you and annoying to non-smokers?

posted by: StanMuzyk | January 17, 2014  3:59pm

Why was smoking allowed?

posted by: CT Jim | January 17, 2014  4:39pm

So really, how many people out anywhere in this country are going to vote for anyone based on what this guy Ziggy has to say or do?? He’s absolutely insane.And anybody that stood by Phil Giordano as long as he did I wouldn’t give the time of day to. Have you seen this guy in public??? Quite a show

posted by: LongJohn47 | January 17, 2014  7:56pm

I’m sure this guy Zeqir Berisha is going to entice lots of unaffiliated voters to join the Tea Party!

And Reince Priebus is certainly on to something—CT’s on the cusp of turning red!  (when I was young, “turning red” wasn’t exactly a compliment, but times have changed).

So where was the empty suit?  The anti-immigration mayor?  the anti-marijuana state senator who fancies herself as gov?

Is there really a Republican Party in CT, or is it just an illusion?

posted by: art vandelay | January 17, 2014  9:50pm

art vandelay

@ Jim,
Ziggy is not INSANE.  He immigrated from a Communist county and worships the ground he stands on.  He knows what liberalism and communisom is all about.  He’ more of an American than you and I could ever be.

posted by: art vandelay | January 17, 2014  9:53pm

art vandelay

@Jim,
Ziggy loves this county.  OK he may be a bit twisted in regards to his allegiance to Mayor Phil, but he’s not harming anyone.  When push comes to shove, he’s a true patriot.

posted by: StanMuzyk | January 18, 2014  1:01pm

It’s ironic the the Tea Party is fighting the GOP—leaving Malloyism and Obamaism to flourish—“unchallenged.”

posted by: LongJohn47 | January 18, 2014  3:26pm

Stan—that’s what happens when “purists” get in the action.  It happens to both sides from time to time, and the results are predictable.