Connecticut Dems look to make insurrection a campaign issue this fall

Connecticut Democrats are promising to make Jan. 6 a campaign issue this fall.

News 12 Staff

Jan 6, 2022, 10:36 PM

Updated 874 days ago

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Connecticut Democrats are promising to make Jan. 6 a campaign issue this fall.
When rioters stormed the Capitol last year, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered down in the House gallery.
"Eventually they took us out this door, and as we came out this door there were police officers in tactical gear holding weapons trained on insurrectionists," said Himes.
Sen. Chris Murphy says Jan. 6 proves the need for new voting laws.
"Make sure that these insurrectionists will not have the ability, in any state across the country, to install someone as a governor or a senator - or a president - who lost the election," Murphy said.
At the state Capitol, lawmakers looked at creating a new state police division "to investigate hate crimes and extremist groups." But the bill died over questions about whether it's really needed.
Seven Connecticut residents were charged in the riot, including Patrick McCaughey, of Ridgefield.
With Gov. Ned Lamont up for reelection this fall, Democrats are promising to make Jan. 6 a "litmus test."
"For anybody who is running for the House of Representatives, we will ask you that question - publicly, social media - many, many times," said state Rep. Matt Ritter.
But is it a losing strategy? Republicans won in Virginia after Democrats doubled-down on former President Donald Trump.
"Voters are concerned about where their life is in on Jan. 6 2022, not where their life is a year ago," said Connecticut Republican Party Chair Ben Proto.
Jan. 6 will be an issue in Connecticut's fall's elections - the question is, will voters still care?


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