Party Conventions Start Today
Tonight Democrats will gather starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to nominate Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt.. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, and Treasurer Denise Nappier. The five incumbent Democratic Congressional candidates were nominated on Wednesday in their respective districts.
The Republican Party will convene its convention at 3 p.m. today at Mohegan Sun Casino. Tonight delegates will be asked to select their Congressional candidates and on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., they will decide which candidates move forward to challenge Malloy and the rest of the Democratic under-ticket.
At the convention tonight Republicans in the 1st District will decide whether Matthew Corey or John Phillips will move on to challenge U.S. Rep. John Larson. In the 2nd District, Lori Hopkins Cavanagh and Evan Evans will square off for a chance to run against U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. In the 3rd District, James Brown is the only announced candidate at the moment vying for a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. In the 4th, Joe Bentivegna, Dan Debicella, and Carl Higbie will battle each other for a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. And in the 5th District, Mark Greenberg, who unsuccessfully ran for the seat twice, faces a challenge from Sal Lilienthal. Greenberg or Lilienthal will go on to challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the general election.
For political junkies with nothing better to do on a Friday night, the Connecticut Network will air both conventions live.
Shortly thereafter at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, CT-N will begin its live coverage of the Democratic convention from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Starting 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Diane Smith will begin coverage of the second day of the Republican convention.