Following Tuesday’s devastating losses, state Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said the party needs to “get back to basics.”
And for two consecutive election cycles, McMahon left Republicans disappointed.
“Linda was a hard-working, disciplined candidate who fought the good fight,” Labriola said.
But, he added, “It is no secret that I always had my reservations about the formula of running a self-funder without any prior political experience. Perhaps the age of massive self-funders in Connecticut is over.”
McMahon’s controversial get-out-the-vote strategy targeting Democrats who supported President Obama grated on many Republicans. “I respect the will of our convention and primary voters, and you have to close ranks behind your nominee,” Labriola said. “However I was very disappointed with the overtures made to Obama voters.”
In the wake of McMahon’s twin losses in 2010 and 2012, Republicans need to focus on their bench and not be dazzled by self-funders, Labriola said.
The dearth of New England Republicans in Congress is “a very unhealthy situation.”
Labriola said the Connecticut Republican party will closely reflect on Tuesday’s results as it gears up for the 2014 governor’s race.
“We will use this period…for self examination and some adjustments will need to be made,” he said