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Marjorie Bonadies to run for 88th District State Representative


Hamden Legislative Councilwoman Marjorie Bonadies (R-9) who is serving as minority leader has announced plans to run for the Connecticut General Assembly seat being vacated by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. Bonadies announced her intentions to run at the Hamden Republican Town Committee meeting on Tuesday night. Republican Town Chairwoman Holly Bryk said she is ecstatic that someone of Councilwoman Bonadies caliber and experience has thrown their hat into the ring. “Anyone who knows Marjorie knows she will put 100% effort into her campaign and if elected will be an outstanding public servant for Hamden” Bryk said in a statement.

Councilwoman Bonadies, first elected to the Hamden Legislative Council in 2013, and re-elected last year to a 2nd term representing West Woods and portions of Mt. Carmel, said that the recent budget deliberations that produced a significant mill rate increase on Hamden residents is her main reason for running. She said if elected she will be an advocate for Hamden, fighting for additional Educational Cost Sharing funds. “Hamden taxpayers pay out millions of dollars in state income taxes each year and we receive back close to 25 cents on a dollar. Clearly the Democratic majority isn’t getting the job done- This directly impacts the mill rate increases we are seeing at the town level. Something needs to change and I want to be that voice for change.”

Bonadies said that the Republican caucus in the General Assembly needs more “NO votes” in Hartford to hold accountable Governor Malloy for his reckless governing style. Whomever the Hamden Democrats nominate for the seat will be nothing but a rubber stamp for the unpopular Malloy administration” Bonadies said.
Bonadies added that Hamden’s state delegation is unanimously controlled by the Democrats. The 88th District hasn’t had a Republican representative since the 1990s. Clearly a new voice and different perspective is needed.

Marjorie, originally from neighboring Cheshire, is married to Dr. John Bonadies, a Hamden Native, and local surgeon serving Hamden residents for over 20 years. “We have two college-age children and are presiding over an empty nest”. Marjorie, herself is a registered nurse having attended Boston University and Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. “I’ve worked for over a decade in every hospital department, now I work with my husband in an outpatient setting so health care is a major issue. My style of governing reflects the way I approach nursing care. I recognize a problem and immediately go to work to mitigate the fallout. Things often get worse when symptoms are ignored just as in government. Kicking the can down the road is not an option for me”.

Marjorie’s campaign web site



CONTACT: Chairman J.R. Romano (

DATE: March 23rd, 2016

Democrats Must Repudiate Guevara’s Evil Legacy

HARTFORD – Today, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano released the following statement on President Obama’s homage to Che Guevara while visiting Communist Cuba:

“Che Guevara’s history is not one to be embraced, but shunned. He was responsible for mass murder, oppression, homophobia, chauvinism and absolute suppression of political dissent. Guevara helped Fidel Castro bring totalitarianism within 100 miles of American shores.

“Chairman Nick Balletto and Senator Blumenthal should be ashamed that their party is opening the western world to totalitarian dictatorship while President Obama offers no-strings diplomacy to the Castro brothers and glorifies one of the most evil false prophets of the Cold War.

“President Obama has no business legitimizing the Castro regime with American diplomacy, or drooling over Che Guevara, one of history’s worst evildoers. Yet apparently President Obama has found more common ground with Guevara than his own loyal opposition back home. Maybe he should spend more time studying history and less time trying to make history, shopping for a legacy in his 8th straight year of foreign policy blunders.

“Connecticut Democrats are a step ahead of President Obama in embracing the Castro-Guevara legacy. Earlier this year, they walked away from Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson in favor of radical Progressivism, adopting it by name in their marquee annual fundraiser. This troubling association should give rank and file Democrats serious pause.

For President Obama and Democrat leaders, here is a shocking sample of Che Guevara’s Greatest Hits:

Che Guevara on Free Press: “We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press.”

Che Guevara on Due Process: “We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation.”

Che Guevara on Race Relations: “The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”

Che Guevara on Theft & Murder: “I ended the problem with a .32 caliber pistol, in the right side of his brain. . . . His belongings were now mine.”

President Obama on Che Guevara: <3

“President Obama and Democrats should worry less about denouncing the mere words of Republicans, and more about blasting the actions of leftist demagogues. Where is the repudiation of these radical tyrants by Senator Blumenthal and the rest of the Connecticut delegation?

“Chairman Nick Balletto, Senator Blumenthal and fellow Democrats must immediately denounce any association with the words or actions of Che Guevara and the Castro brothers.”


The Hamden Republican Town Committee recently selected Lee Campo as their chairman, to replace the late Matt Corcoran who passed away recently at the age of 38. Campo will assume the role immediately and is now working actively to recruit candidates to run for office in the fall election.
Lee has previously served as chairman, and is a current member of the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission. He is the husband of Board of Education member Lynn Campo. The Campos are very active in the Hamden community through various charitable and civic activities. They own Specialty Wire of Hamden and have been long time residents of the town. Lee was recently awarded the “Citizen of the Year Award” by the Hamden Elks for his work with the community.


TRUMBULL, CT – Today, Tim Herbst’s campaign for State Treasurer released the following statement in response to a letter to the editor, which appeared in the Hartford Courant, responding to reports that Ms. Nappier had in fact acted against the advice of the Investment Advisory Council (IAC):

“Since Ms. Nappier and her defenders have chosen to continue misrepresenting the facts regarding her role in ignoring the advice of the IAC we are releasing e-mails from Ms. Thomas that show her understanding of Ms. Nappier’s blatant disregard for the IAC,” said JR Romano, spokesman for the Herbst campaign.

“We hope these communications will shed new light on some of the dangers of having a sole fiduciary and further demonstrate the need for reform in the State Treasurer’s Office,” added Romano.
“Unlike Ms. Nappier, a sixteen year incumbent who is clearly used to getting her way, Tim will work to safeguard state taxpayer resources from these irresponsible actions,” Romano concluded.
The e-mail exchange below shows Ms. Thomas’ own recognition that Treasurer Nappier could and did in fact rebuff the advice of the council.


TRUMBULL, CT – Today Republican Candidate for State Treasurer Tim Herbst, made the following comments regarding Denise Nappier’s blatant lie regarding her role as sole fiduciary of the State of Connecticut, as was revealed in Christopher Keating’s article “Republicans Chide Treasurer Over Fairview Investment.

“The fact that after sixteen years in office Ms. Nappier can’t find her way to the truth about her record is extremely disconcerting,” said Herbst. “Not only is she dishonest about the state of our pension funds and their performance, she’s not telling the truth about her record.”

“The treasurer has too much authority under state law as the sole fiduciary with the power to make unilateral decisions over the state’s $29.7 billion pension fund,” said Herbst. “If elected one of the first things I plan to do is change the role of the treasurer as sole fiduciary and provide the necessary checks and balances to ensure that Hartford politicians cannot rebuke the counsel of investment professionals and union stakeholders on a whim.”

“The question that remains is why did Denise buck the advice of the council? She needs to answer that question, to the voters and the retirees.” added Herbst.

“Ms. Nappier has conveniently avoided interaction with Connecticut residents as well as the media throughout the course of this campaign leading many to believe she has something to hide,” said Herbst. “As we start to pull back the curtain and get a glimpse into how Ms. Nappier has run the State Treasurer’s office, she further proves why reform is necessary in the State Treasurer’s office.”

When speaking with Christopher Keating Nappier stated “I don’t consider myself a sole fiduciary,” Nappier said. “The word I use is the principal fiduciary. … There’s got to be due diligence. I have never made an investment decision that was opposed by the Investment Advisory Council.’’ (Christopher Keating. “Nappier Battles Herbst For State Treasurer.” The Hartford Courant. 10/22/14)

Yet according to minutes from the Investment Advisory Council, Office of the Treasurer from May, 12, 2010 Ms. Nappier claims are far from the truth. Following a presentation from Rebecca S. Connolly and JoAnn H. Price of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc. Chairman Roxe took a Roll Call of Reactions. “Thomas Fiore, David Himmelreich, Messer. Murray, Morten and Freeman, David Roth, Thomas Barnes and Chairman Roxe felt that the performance of the Fairview Constitution Funds had been marginal…..and that we run the risk of having too many eggs in one basket by making additional investment with the firm…and that the Treasurer should explore other alternatives….Madams Palmer and Thomas were supportive of the investment.” The Investment Advisory in its capacity to assist the State Treasurer voted 8 against and 2 in favor of the investment into Fairview Capital IV L.P. (

However, Fairview Capital IV L.P. was back to the table. In the Investment Advisory Council minutes dates May 11, 2011.Treasurer Nappier and Mr. Corbett the CIO provided more information on Fairview IV after the IAC voted against the investment. To circumvent the IAC, Ms. Nappier claims “As had been the practice of the OTT, Treasurer Nappier stated that in order to develop and maintain strong relationships with existing managers, follow-on funds are automatically vetted for her consideration”. Basically telling the IAC that their input is not necessary to increase money flowing to Fairview Capital. Mr. Corbett does indeed lead a follow-up discussion “with respect to Treasurer’s recommendation to consider a commitment to….Fairview IV” There was no subsequent roll call taken. (

Mr. Corbett leaves the Office of Treasurer May 23rd 2011. (he is currently at Mass Mutual)

Finally, the IAC minutes June 8, 2011 “Treasurer Nappier next reported that she had made a final investment decision to commit….up to $150 million to Fairview Constitution IV L.P.”. With regards to the previous meeting where there was no roll call “Treasurer Nappier agreed that the follow-up presentation by Mr. Corbett on Fairview at the May 11, 2011 IAC meeting was for information only”.(


TRUMBULL, CT – Today, The Hartford Courant announced the endorsement of Republican, Tim Herbst for State Treasurer. Herbst made the following statement in response to the Courant’s endorsement:
“I appreciate the endorsement of the Hartford Courant and applaud them for recognizing the severity of our state’s finances.
Throughout the state I have talked with families, business owners, and retirees who are concerned about the solvency of our pension system, and the out of control borrowing, spending and political handouts that have plagued Hartford for too long.
I intend to reform the Office of State Treasurer and serve as our state’s fiscal conscience, putting an end to these irresponsible practices and turning things around.”
In their endorsement, the Hartford Courant stated:
“Connecticut needs a champion of fiscal responsibility who will sound the alarm about a dangerously underfunded pension system and lead the way to fiscal sanity. The Courant endorses Republican Timothy Herbst for treasurer.”
“Timothy Herbst, 34, has done a laudable job strengthening Trumbull’s finances as a popular first selectman in a small town with more registered Democrats than Republicans. When he first took office, the town endured high taxes, a budget deficit and underfunded town pensions. He identified enough savings to eliminate the deficit, stabilized and then in 2012 slightly lowered taxes. He’s moved new hires from traditional pensions to a 401(k)-style plan.”

Wait Times at VA Facilities in Connecticut Surge 250%

DeLauro focused on Ebola; lives on the line as veterans wait
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STRATFORD, CT When long wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals were reported across the country earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an Accelerating Access to Care Initiative, with a goal of releasing data about wait times and appointments semi-monthly. Wait times increased over 250% between May and September, but there hasnt been a new update since September 18th, which seems to coincide with turbulent upcoming midterms.

Between May and June, the percentage of appointments delayed over thirty days jumped from 2% to over 5%. The number of delayed appointments more than doubled in that time period. When the VA released new data on July 17th, delayed appointments rose to over 6%. Data from September 18th shows wait times further increasing to 7.14%, a 250% increase from the original data in May. (Data is available here.)

Instead of fighting for our veterans, Rosa DeLauro is using the Ebola outbreak to grandstand for more funding for the NIH, claiming that congressional Republicans have made cuts to the program. A recent article by the Washington Examiner thoroughly debunks these ridiculous claims. The congresswoman is ignoring those that have sacrificed life and limb for this country and is instead making hay about nonexistent funding cuts.

James Brown, candidate for U.S. Congress in Connecticut’s 3rd district, said “instead of using a deadly disease to create a funding issue where none exists, Ms. DeLauro should be committed to keeping and fulfilling the promises we have made to our veterans. I am curious as to why the Department of Veterans Affairs has stopped releasing access to care audits right before a contentious midterm election. For someone who claims to be a stalwart advocate for veterans issues, I am extremely disappointed that the congresswoman seems to have forgotten about this issue simply because it has faded from the media spotlight.”

Kie Westby for Attorney General

Trust, honor and community have always been the core values that drove Kie Westby in every endeavor in his life. As a small business owner and lifelong Connecticut resident, Kie cares deeply about our state. With over 35 years experience, including service to our country as a Judge Advocate General (JAG), Kie is a seasoned attorney uniquely qualified to be Connecticut’s next Attorney General.Kie brings experience and integrity to the Office of Attorney General:

  • Over 35 years of experience as a private practice attorney
  • 24 years of service to our country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • Enlisted as a private, rose to the rank and retired as a Major, and served as a JAG
  • A volunteer leader in the community
  • A family man, loving husband, and a proud father of two adult daughters

Kie’s promise is to the people of Connecticut.

  1. A More Transparent and Accessible Government That You Deserve

    When elected, Kie will ensure the Attorney General’s office is transparent and here to serve the people of Connecticut. Kie vows to fight every day for our children, families, seniors and veterans as the state’s top law enforcement official.
  2. A Business Friendly EnvironmentAs a private practice attorney, Kie understand the difficulties that businesses in Connecticut are going through. The current Hartford leadership has led us to last place in job creation. Kie will advocate for our business community and help to get things turned around.
  3. Protecting Taxpayers As your Attorney General, I will fight to protect every Connecticut resident and not pick winners and losers like the current administration has done.
  4. Kie Will Stop Common CoreThe rollout of Common Core has been a disaster for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools across the state. Kie will work to make sure that decisions about our children’s future are kept in the hands of parents, teachers, and local school boards.

This November 4th, we can elect an Attorney General we can trust! We can elect Kie Westby.

Kie Westby for Attorney General


TRUMBULL, CT – Today Bridgeport Attorney Robert Russo filed a cease and desist letter with WVIT, WTNH, WFSB and FOXCT regarding Denise Nappier’s negative television ad, which makes a false claim about Tim Herbst father’s employment with the Town of Trumbull as a teacher and Athletic Director.

“Mr. Herbst has been an educator, coach and administrator serving the Town of Trumbull for decades. To use a political campaign to impugn his integrity is just wrong,” according to JR Romano spokesman for Tim Herbst, candidate for State Treasurer.

“Ms. Nappier and her campaign have shown a disdain for the political process during the entirety of this campaign,” added Romano. “When you can’t explain to the voters what you’ve done, and what you plan to do – all you’re left with are personal attacks, but to levy these attacks against Tim’s father is just uncalled for.”

“Why won’t Ms. Nappier answer questions about the way she’s conducted business in her office? Why can’t she answer for the sub-par performance of the pension funds? Why has she left teachers and state retirees wondering whether they will be able to rely on a pension in the future?” asked Romano.

“The answers to these questions are pretty obvious and Connecticut voters deserve much better than the kind of campaign Ms. Nappier is running and the service she’s rendered in her sixteen years in office,” concluded Romano.

A copy of the letter sent to each station is below:

October 21, 2014

Re: Nappier Campaign Commercial against Timothy Herbst
To Whom This May Concern:

I am writing to request that your station stop airing the negative advertisement the “Denise L. Nappier for State Treasurer” campaign (“Nappier”) is running against Timothy Herbst, a candidate for State Treasurer. As can be easily verified by the enclosed minutes of the Trumbull Board of Education, the Advertisement contains clearly false information deliberately intended to misrepresent that Mr. Herbst gave his father Michael Herbst a job in the Trumbull School system after he retired. Mr. Herbst had neither the power to do so, nor was he in any way involved in any decisions involving his father’s employment. Because the Advertisement conveys messages that are plainly disproven by fact, we respectfully demand that your station immediately stop airing the Advertisement and that no further airings of this false content be allowed on your station.

In sum, the Advertisement’s central claim is false, misleading, and defamatory. Voters in any election deserve to cast their vote knowing the truth about their candidates – and the airing of this Advertisement represents a willful and knowing attempt by Nappier to color Mr. Herbst’s record.

This political and personal attack by Nappier against Mr. Herbst does not constitute a “candidate use,” and your station is under no obligation to keep it on the air. On the contrary, as a broadcast licensee, your station has a duty to review and eliminate any false, misleading, or deceptive materials contained in advertising.

We respectfully demand that your station immediately cease the airing of this false Advertisement and further request that you reject any attempts by the sponsor of this Advertisement to purchase time for the future airing of this Advertisement because of its material misstatements of fact and defamatory nature.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience at (203) 254-7579 to advise as to your station’s actions(s) with respect to cessation of the airing of this advertisement.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. I will anticipate your immediate response.
Robert D. Russo

Attorney at Law


TRUMBULL, CT– With only two weeks left in the campaign for State Treasurer, Democrat incumbent Denise Nappier has failed to provide e-mails requested on August 25, 2014 through the Freedom of Information Act.

“With a very narrow scope, the campaign asked for specific e-mail traffic between Ms. Nappier and her staff but has been denied access to these public documents,” said JR Romano, spokesman for the Tim Herbst’s campaign for State Treasurer.

“Ms. Nappier has failed to meet even minimal standards for transparency in government,” said Romano. “She hasn’t communicated with the media or with voters and now she’s failing to comply with a simple FOI request. What is she hiding?”

“In a recent ad, Ms. Nappier claims she brought integrity back the treasurer’s office, but her actions would suggest otherwise,” said Romano. “The state of Connecticut is facing an $80 billion unfunded liability, state residents and pensioners have a right to know what is going on in her office.”

A Freedom Of Information complaint was filed with the FOI Commission on Sept 29, 2014 but no hearing has been set.

“It should not take the intervention of the FOI Commission for Ms. Nappier to comply with a simple request,” added Romano. “It would seem Ms. Nappier is trying to hide until November in hopes the voters don’t find out how she’s running our state’s finances into the ground,” concluded Romano.