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Lamont Medium Post: ‘The Clearest Choice in Generations’

Ned Lamont, Democratic nominee for governor, published an op-ed on Medium today laying out the choice Connecticut voters will make on Tuesday: a choice between Connecticut values and Trump values.

Bob Stefanowski has aligned himself with Trump on every issue, while vowing to slash health care, opposing the minimum wage entirely, cutting $1.3 billion in taxes for just 400 families, and reversing commonsense gun legislation passed in the wake of Sandy Hook. Meanwhile, Ned has a plan to create jobs, cut the property tax, and bring real change to Hartford.

“Never has the contrast been sharper, nor the stakes higher, than they are in this election,” Lamont wrote. “With all that’s going on nationally — pipe bombs, mass shootings, mean-spirited rhetoric, and the scapegoating of people because of where they come from or what they believe — the people of Connecticut will decide something profound: they’ll decide who we are as a state. Whether we are aligning with Connecticut values or with Trump values.”

Read Lamont’s full piece here or below.

The Clearest Choice in Generations

By Ned Lamont

Running for Governor of Connecticut has been one of the great honors of my life. Since January, I’ve crisscrossed the state meeting thousands of people in churches, synagogues, diners, middle school gymnasiums, boardrooms, and countless living rooms and back porches. And tomorrow, after a long and hard campaign, the people of Connecticut will decide who to hire as their next governor.

It’s a choice we make every four years — but never has the contrast been sharper, nor the stakes higher, than they are in this election.

With all that’s going on nationally — pipe bombs, mass shootings, mean-spirited rhetoric, and the scapegoating of people because of where they come from or what they believe — the people of Connecticut will decide something profound: they’ll decide who we are as a state. Whether we are aligning with Connecticut values or with Trump values.

On one side is the most extreme ticket in Connecticut history. Bob Stefanowski is a decent man, but he’s no George or Barbara Bush Republican. Bob represents something far more ideological and right-wing.

President Trump endorsed Bob. And Bob gleefully gave President Trump an “A” for job performance.

The NRA saw an ally in Bob — someone okay with violent weapons of war on our streets. The NRA gave Bob an A-rating. Bob even called our gun law passed in the wake of Sandy Hook a “bad bill”.

Bob was caught on tape questioning whether kids should be vaccinated in public schools, saying “we shouldn’t be pumping a lot of chemicals into kids for no reason.”

He believes the Affordable Care Act hasn’t helped a single person in Connecticut and supports President Trump’s lawsuit against the Act.

On minimum wage — Bob thinks it should be eliminated.

On pay equity — his ticket voted no. No for daughters to be paid the same as our sons.

They were silent on whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court — even though he would be the deciding vote overturning Roe V. Wade.

They’ve even gone so far as to question the value of fluoride in water.

On climate change Bob is no different from Trump: Bob said he “doesn’t understand the science of it,” even though while the science of climate change is taught in elementary schools across the state.

Most alarming: Bob is planning to cut 60 percent of Connecticut’s budget so that 400 of the wealthiest families in the state receive a $1.3 billion tax windfall. To pay for it, Bob wants to gut funding for education, health care, and the fight against the drug epidemic. He wants to increase property taxes on middle class families.

We already have Donald Trump in Washington. We don’t need his biggest cheerleader in Hartford.

I’m in this race to fight for Connecticut values.

I couldn’t agree more that we need to change Hartford. We need to go in a different direction than the one Dan Malloy went in. To fix our budget crisis and realize a more hopeful future for this state, we need a governor who knows how to create jobs and drive growth.

I can be that governor, because I know the challenges and opportunities businesses face on a daily basis — I started and ran a business in Connecticut.

That’s why business leaders across the state are ready to work with me on a business advisory council. Because I’m going to cut property taxes. I’m going to create jobs. I’m going to attract new, high-growth companies to the state — the way I attracted Infosys to Hartford.

As governor I’ll jumpstart our workforce training, so we deliver Connecticut jobs for Connecticut workers. And I’m going to fight for the Affordable Care Act and fight to reduce the cost of healthcare.

I’ll stand up for women and fight for equal pay for equal work. I’m going to invest in education so that we equip our kids with the skills they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century economy.

When my wife Annie and I were first starting out years ago, we moved to Connecticut. It offered good-paying jobs, great schools, and safe neighborhoods. The future was hopeful.

All these years later, even after the challenges facing our state, I love Connecticut as much as I did when we first moved here together. I still believe we’re a land of boundless potential and unparalleled natural beauty, with the toughest, hardest-working people in the country.

I’m confident that our best days are ahead of us.

So if you give me your vote tomorrow, I’ll fight for Connecticut values over these next four years.