Republicans Flip Two Legislative Seats in Deep Blue Connecticut

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GOP Wins Only State Legislative Seat Flips Since the 2018 Election

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2019) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is celebrating the victories of Senator-elect Gennaro Bizzarro (SD-6) and Representative-elect Joe Zullo (HD–99), both of whom flipped Democrat seats in the Connecticut Legislature, following their respective victories in yesterday’s special elections in the Nutmeg State.

Under Democrat leadership, Connecticut has failed to recover the jobs lost in the great recession. Just 88% of the 119,000 jobs lost have come back to Connecticut, while neighboring states like Massachusetts recovered 382% and Rhode Island recovered 154% in 2018. Connecticut’s wage growth has stagnated, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last fall, with Connecticut wage growth ranking 46th in the country in 2018.

“Democrats under the disastrous leadership of Governors Malloy and Lamont have failed to bring the economic recovery of their neighboring states into Connecticut, and instead, short of a tax on breathing, are passing punitive and petty taxes on beverages and paper bags,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “While Democrats continue to embrace the failed socialist ideal of a government spending its way to prosperity, Republicans, like Senator-elect Bizzaro and Representative-elect Zullo, will continue to flip seats in the deepest of blue states to protect freedom and capitalism,” added Walter. 

Connecticut Senate District 6 was carried by Hillary Clinton by 23% in the 2016 election. 

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