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Race For Governor 2018: Bob Stefanowski

Oct 25, 2018

For this hour, we had booked Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski for an interview where he could take questions from us and listeners. But his campaign canceled saying it's priority is "getting Bob on the road." 

In his absence, we've assembled a panel of reporters and political analysts who've spent the last few months tracking what Stefanowski has said on the campaign trail.

We look at his campaign strategy and positions on major issues impacting Connecticut.


  • Neil Vigdor - A political reporter at the Hartford Courant (@gettinviggy)
  • John Dankosky - Host of WNPR’s The Wheelhouse and Executive Editor of the New England News Collaborative (@johndankosky)
  • Keith Phaneuf - Reporter for The Connecticut Mirror (@CTMirrorKeith)
  • Dr. Bilal Sekou - Associate Professor of Political Science in Hillyer College at the University of Hartford (@Bilalsekou)
  • Dr. Jonathan Wharton - Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Southern Connecticut State University (@PreppyProf). Wharton is also the Political Director for Kurt Miller, GOP candidate for State Comptroller. He joins us today to talk specifically about the gubernatorial race.



CT PostGovernor’s race tightens – “Democrat Ned Lamont’s lead over Republican Bob Stefanowski has shrunk during the last month from 6.2 percent to 3.4 percent, putting the governor’s race into a statistical tie…”

CT News JunkieTwo Different Approaches To Campaigning for Governor – “It’s too early to say if this is a campaign “style,” or just a transition period for Stefanowski. Republican sources say he’s been busy fundraising, which means lots of phone calls to donors and potential donors. The maximum amount an individual can give to his campaign is $3,500.”

The CT MirrorA GOP turnaround exec’s turn as a Democrat goes unexplained – “But a key element of Stefanowski’s transformation from a politically indifferent corporate executive who didn’t bother to vote for 16 years  — he skipped the 2016 presidential election — remains a puzzle the candidate makes no effort to unlock: A nine-month fling as a Democrat that didn’t end until last summer.” 

Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.