CT Democrats nominate Blumenthal, cast themselves as defenders of democracy

Connecticut Democrats kicked off their state convention Friday night by cementing one of the top spots on their 2022 ticket and making the argument for why the party should maintain its stranglehold on the state’s Congressional and statewide elected offices. 

The delegates who were in attendance at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford made quick work Friday night of endorsing Sen. Richard Blumenthal as he prepares to run for his third term in the U.S. Senate. 

Fellow Senator Chris Murphy nominated his senior colleague, casting Blumenthal as someone who would fight for the party’s platform and ideals. 

“Right now, we are in a fight. We are in a fight for democracy … There is one person that I know that wakes up every single day itching to be in the middle of a righteous fight, and that person is my friend Dick Blumenthal.” 

Before the crowd of roughly 2,000 delegates, Hartford delegate Ayesha Clarke and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas seconded the nomination, holding up Blumenthal — and the state’s Democratic party as a whole — as a bulwark against policies and decisions that would seek to strip individuals of their right to an abortion or block people from accessing the ballot box. 

The nomination was confirmed with a resounding chorus of “aye” before Blumenthal took the stage to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” 

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