Speaker Calls Minority Leader’s 2018 Election Priority Admission “Obscene”

June 2, 2017

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) called House Minority Leader Themis Klarides’ statement that gaining seats in the legislature is always the goal “an obscene political statement” that tells Connecticut residents that the needs of the state come second to politics in the eyes of the House Republican minority party.

During a morning press availability with Capitol reporters, Klarides responded to a question about whether the real goal behind her caucuses’ legislative positions is to pick up seats in the 2018 elections by saying “isn’t the goal always to get more members in your party?”.

“That is an outrageous, obscene political statement that is insulting to every family and business in Connecticut,” the Speaker said. “If the House minority is truly putting their political goals ahead of the needs of the state, we have a serious fundamental problem with how we are going to govern and meet the challenges the entire state faces. To say you are making political calculations your top priority is a stunning revelation and a total abdication of real leadership.”