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Dan Carter for U.S. Senate?

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 9:56 AM

Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie has the details.


State Representative Dan Carter (R-Bethel) is moving closer to seeking his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate. A Carter candidacy would give state Republicans an alternative to the flailing mess that is the Augie Wolf campaign.


In 2012, Carter was an early and prominent supporter of 5th Congressional District hopeful Lisa Wilson Foley. The Simsbury Republican, her husband, and former governor John Rowland were convicted of campaign finance violations.

With NO money, no real impressive resume as a member of the General Assembly, and virtually ZERO name ID on a state-wide level for the exception of...

  • having the honor of being one of the only members of the State House that supported the infamous "Birther" bill that was criticized by just about everyone...

    State Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury, submitted a bill proposal mandating U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates provide their birth certificates for their names to be placed on the ballot.

    "You have to have a birth certificate to get a driver's license," McLachlan said. "The same should be true to become president or vice president."

    He submitted his proposal Jan. 20 after hearing several arguments about President Barack Obama's citizenship, he said. "They claim that he is not a natural-born citizen."


    Although the argument may have started with Obama, state Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, who said he is 100 percent in favor of the proposed bill, thinks citizenship verification is something that needs to be looked into.

  • being the ONLY state lawmaker that represents Newtown that voted against Gov. Malloy's gun control bill as well as...

  • being the state lawmaker from Newtown who claimed the NRA should be allowed to allowed in schools while blaming gun control advocacy groups such as Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and Connecticut Against Gun Violence for being responsible for gun deaths...

    Ms. Whaley tweeted, “At 1:06:35 listen to @DanCarterCT say we should bring the @NRA into schools. #terrbileidea #NAA #MomsDemand.”

    Mr. Carter then responded, “@HeatherWhaley @NRA It was a bad idea. Just thought focus on safety would be good. I didn’t realize how badly the NRA would be vilified.”

    Ms. Whaley then tweeted back, “@DanCarterCT @NRA they have done it to themselves. Like this nugget of brilliance advocating more guns for the blind.”

    “@HeatherWhaley @NRA Yes they have. Both sides are against reasonable solutions, so they are all accountable for gun deaths- NRA, NAA, CAGV,” tweeted Mr. Carter.

    That tweet then prompted many responses to Mr. Carter, including a press release issued by his opponent.

    “Last night, state Rep. Dan Carter took to Twitter to make the outrageous assertion that the Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and Connecticut Against Gun Violence were as accountable for gun deaths in this country as the National Rifle Association (NRA),” said Ms. Fay. “As the representative of part of Newtown, Rep. Carter’s assertions illustrate his poor judgment, and his lack of respect for the people of Newtown.

    “Since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012, the Newtown Action Alliance and Connecticut Against Gun Violence have tirelessly supported the needs of the community, and have worked to prevent dangerous policies taking hold in Connecticut. Both groups were instrumental in passing last year’s Connecticut gun safety legislation, a bill which has saved lives, and which Dan Carter voted against.”

...to say that Carter's chances in defeating Blumenthal is a long shot would be an understatement...his departure from the General Assembly means that the 2nd district would be in play although the seat is in more GOP territory than the time a last Democrat held the seat.

Stay tuned...

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