After Primary, 2018 Gubernatorial Hopefuls Lamont And Stefanowski Trade Barbs

Aug 15, 2018

It didn’t take long for the gloves to come off in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor.

After winning their party nominations Tuesday night, Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont spent Wednesday going after one another.

It started when Stefanowski received an endorsement -- by tweet of course -- from President Donald Trump. In New Haven Wednesday, Lamont brought up Stefanowski’s grading of Trump’s performance as president from a recent Republican debate.

"Bob gave Trump an 'A' and now Trump is giving Stefanowski an 'A,'" said Lamont.

Lamont took to Twitter after the endorsement calling Stefanowski “Bob Trumpanowski,” which prompted Stefanowski to hit on a favorite Republican target — Governor Dannel Malloy.  The businessman from Madison characterized Lamont as “Ned Malloy.” Lamont was unimpressed.

“They can talk about Malloy, I can talk about Rowland, we can roll the clock back -- it’s a bipartisan trainwreck,” Lamont said. “I don’t think that’s going to accomplish a darn thing.”

In a written statement for Connecticut Public Radio, Bob Stefanowski said “I look forward to a vigorous debate on my plans to fix Connecticut and rid once and for all, the culture of corruption in Hartford, even if Malloy and Lamont want to do nothing more than play politics."

Election Day is November 6.