The Connecticut Patriot, an online newsletter that counts several prominent tea party activists among its leaders, is backing Republicans Tom Foley and David Walker.
The endorsements, announced in Aug. 7 edition, reflect the results of a survey of the newsletter’s 17 staff writers and one cartoonist.
“The results were unambiguous, reflecting support for candidates who are serious about private-sector job growth and reining in the cost of Connecticut state government,” states a brief statement accompanying the results.
Foley, the Greenwich businessman who received the GOP endorsement for governor, received 13 votes in the survey; John McKinney, a state senator from Fairfield, received one vote.
In the lieutenant governor’s race, Walker, of Bridgeport, was the clear winner, with 12 votes. Town of Groton Mayor Heather Somers and state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Stafford, each received one vote.
Energized by Dave Brat’s surprising victory over House GOP leader Eric Cantor of Virginia on Tuesday, tea party activists in Connecticut have mapped out an electoral strategy that involves ousting Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and helping Republicans take control of the state Senate.
Working with members of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Quiet Corner Tea Party Patriots are also aiming to roll back Senate Bill 1160, the sweeping gun control legislation signed into law last year after the Newtown school shootings.
In addition to trying to overturn the law through the courts, the groups are pursuing an electoral strategy.
“Step one: beat Malloy,” Dale “Duffy” Dauphinais, chairman of the Quiet Corner Tea Party Patriots said in an email that was sent to members Wednesday.
Dauphinais said the GOP candidate will be sorted out by the Aug. 12 primary. “Foley is the favorite,” he said in the email, which was obtained by the Courant. “McKinney is despised for his leadership and vote for and passage of SB 1160.”