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The Basic Questions Candidates For Governor Aren't Answering

Jul 25, 2018

With just three weeks before the August 14 Democratic and Republican primaries, taglines and sound bytes are all the rage in the governor's race. Positions on a substantive issue? Not so much.

For GOP hopeful Steve Obsitnik, this year's election is about "Makers vs. Takers." His Republican rivals have catch-phrases of their own. Bob Stefanowski touts himself as "Bob the Rebuilder," while David Stemerman proclaims the next governor needs an "outside the box" vision.

On the Democratic side, Joe Ganim and Ned Lamont are spending a lot of time feuding over whose yacht or country club was more exclusionary.

Not among the candidates' typical talking points is how any of them specifically would reduce state spending to address the projected multi-billion dollar budget deficits confronting Connecticut. 

This week's panel discusses that and other basic questions these would-be governors, as well as those running for Congress, should be answering but aren't.

Also on the topic list is the $10 million toll study being considered by the State Bond Commission, and why U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's forthcoming grilling of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is likely to be the most important assignment of Blumenthal's long political career. Is he up to the challenge?

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