CT Republicans Hold Women\’s Summit; Say National GOP Hurts Party\’s Image

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The Connecticut Republican party, fresh of its dismal showing in the 2012 federal elections, held a \”women\’s summit\” last weekend to chart a course that emphasizes independence from the national GOP.

\”Many people in Connecticut, regardless of their party registration, have been disappointed with the direction the state has taken over the last decade, and they are very receptive to our messages,\’\’ state Rep. Gail Lavielle said in an email.  

\”But misconceptions about our treatment of social issues have kept them from considering our Party as a viable alternative. They are often very pleasantly surprised to learn that many, many Connecticut Republicans in elected office believe that government should not have a say in people’s personal lives.”

Lavielle was among the 120 or so women who participated in the summit, which was convened by party Chairman Jerry Labriola.

In his comments, Labriola sought to separate the state GOP from an increasingly conservative national party that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage, though he did not specifically mention either issue. Women\’s health issues dominated the 2012 election cycle and many polls suggest they were largely responsible for a gender gap that gave Democratic candidates an edge.

“This is a big country,” Labriola said, “and it’s normal for there to be a wide variety of views across different regions of the United States, even among people who belong to the same political party. In Connecticut, our Party has adhered very strongly to its core values of individual empowerment and opportunity, fiscal restraint, civil liberties, and individuals’ freedom to lead their personal lives without government intrusion. We feel these values reflect the priorities of many people in Connecticut, and we want to be sure they know that we share them.”

The summit was planned by a committee led by Diane Generous, a member of the party\’s state central committee. Other committee members include former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, state Sen. Toni Boucher, state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, Lavielle and state Rep. Terrie Wood.

Boucher blamed the media for overlooking core Republican values, which she defined as \”efficient and effective government, free markets, empowering success, and protecting individual freedom and civil liberties.\”

But voters \”inaccurately perceive Connecticut Republicans as being aligned with the more socially conservative values attributable to Republicans in other parts of the country,\’\’ Boucher said. \”This misperception diminishes our ability to communicate accurately to voters our core values, policies, and achievements, which directly address the issues they face every day.”

Johnson, a moderate Republican who served 12 terms in the U.S. House before she was ousted by Democrat Chris Murphy in 2006, sounded a similar note. 

\”While we respect the personal beliefs of all in the Republican Party, we recognize that we don’t all think alike,\’\’ Johnson said. \”Each person has his or her own views about how to lead a conscientious life and construct a humanly responsible community, but no one has the right to impose their beliefs on others. And so as Republicans, we are profoundly respectful, deeply tolerant and appreciative of one another, but believe in freedom of thought, speech, and personal belief, and oppose intrusion by government in personal matters – just as we support limited, efficient government in all matters.\”

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11 thoughts on “CT Republicans Hold Women\’s Summit; Say National GOP Hurts Party\’s Image

  1. Richard

    Efficient government. How are the state pension spiking schemes and 20 year haz duty retirements efficient? How are no layoffs efficient. And rigid union Job descriptions and inflexible org structures are efficient ? Libertarian Republicans are the ones giving the party a bad name. It’s the “Me” generation. Libertarian sex and Libertarian economics

    1. richard

      Here’s a snippet from Time magazine on Ella Grasso from 1976. It speaks to her honesty and the type of value driven, no-nonsense woman that CT needs in political office.

      …… Like most Governors, Grasso, 56, has had a rough year. Women’s groups have assailed her anti-abortion stand. Most important, her longtime allies in labor and the Democratic legislature rejected her demands for cutbacks in social spending and an increase in the work week for state employees (from 35 to 40 hours) to narrow a big budget deficit.

      Grasso has responded by ordering layoffs of up to 6,000 state workers. “I’m still classically compassionate,” she says, “but what am I supposed to do? Sell the state down the river to accommodate labor’s wishes?” Answering her own question, she says: “Women in office can be as tough as anyone else.”

      Going the lowest common denominator route is what will kill the GOP in CT. The underlying problem: the 2012 campaigns in CT were plain awful. Foley was much more insightful a couple weeks back when speaking towards the urban problem and the GOP and Roraback’s problems in the 5th. What did Andrew win? 37 out of 42 cities? Roraback failed to craft an urban strategy Jack Kemp style so the GOP will now ride the back of promoting abortion and gay marriage as their back up plan since they are devoid of any form of urban policy and it would challenge their pretty little minds?

      To paraphrase Marx: sex is the opiate of the people. Go for it. Come back as tight-fisted uninventive cheapskates with an agenda to liberalize porn, drugs, sex and violence. Sadly its probably the best you can do.

    2. hypocrite detector

      You have no idea what you are talking about. And that is the nicest thing I can say.

      The GOP’s poor image is due to demonstrating a complete lack of fiscal constraint on par with pre-Obama Democrats.

      The GOP’s poor image is due to a Biblical view of Gays that has nothing to do with the Constitution, which, at previous points in history, was a guiding document for the GOP.

      The GOP ‘s problem is that instead of advancing a realistic solution to illegal immigration, they alienate a huge swath of the electorate with moronic ideas like self-deportation.

      The GOP has many problems, but Libertarians aren’t one of them.

      There is not one aspect of Libertarianism present in any economic policy instituted in America today, or at any time since before Woodrow Wilson.

      And what the hell is Libertarian sex? Is that thinking that the government should not dictate what is appropriate sexual behavior between consenting adults?

      You are either a Democrat, or one of the specific causes of the GOP’s problems.

      1. Richard

        Roraback voted in favor of gay marriage and repealing the state’s death penalty in 2011, and, in 2008, was endorsed by pro-choice lobbyist organization NARAL. Roraback has a strong record on gun control.

        Despite all this Andrew lacked a meaningful jobs or urban policy that could sell and resonate to the cities of Waterbury, New Britian and Meriden.

        “Take Meriden, New Britain and Waterbury together, and I was working with a 23,000-vote deficit,” Roraback said.

        Romney won the 5th District. Roraback could kiss gay men, conduct an abortion, and melt some guns and he’d still lose to Esty by 8,000 votes without urban outreach to get buy in from the minority communities.

        1. Johngaltwhereru

          My reply was to your first post.

          As for your second, how do you propose the GOP bribe the minorities in a more effective fashion tha the Democrats?

          I mean, with Democrats paying them to exist, along with all the other goodies, what do you think Republicans can do, short of becoming Democrats?

  2. Joe Visconti

    Labriola had better take a side as to where he as the CTGOP leader believes the Party should stand on Gays, Guns and God. If he tries to walk the line like he did with my Integrity Resolutions for the 2012 convention he will end up toast again. Leaders lead, its not time to punt Jerry, me and the rest of the Social Conservatives are watching. As for the women in this group, many told me they didn’t know what the agenda was till they got there and got set up. What we social conservatives will do in the event the CTGOP Women want to become Democrats is gaurantee not a single win for the CTGOP if they go down this road, of course it won’t take much work for that to happen!

  3. Sean Murphy

    Here the Republicans go again. Tell the base they are not welcomed.

    The Republicans have run their “moderate” candidates for years and have no Congressional seats, none of the statewide office seats, and a base that hates the party and votes for Democrats just to defeat Republicans.

  4. chris

    I echo Joe’s comments. Andrew Roraback is a nice guy but couldn’t have been any more to the left and not have been a democrat. If he was the democratic candidate, he would have won. Our CT GOP needs a house cleaning at state central. How much more moderate can the party be? Tired of getting your clocks cleaned yet?

  5. enness

    With all due respect, Senator Boucher, you must think the voters are pretty stupid. What generally passes for a conservative Republican here is waaaay to the left of most of the US.

  6. malvi lennon

    I guess the CT GOP believes the Obama message of a “War on Women” – the lack of leadership, vision and courage on the part of our so-called “principals ” is infuriating. The CT GOP is waging the only war on women (and men) that I am aware of. They continue to ignore people who look and sound different that they do, and shut out anyone who dare to call them on it. The CT GOP will stay the party of no importance for as long as silence and maintaining the status quo is their focus.

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