A year after the attack on the Capitol, Connecticut leaders are launching blows at political parties

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Thursday marks one year since the deadly uprising at the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, DC

Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said democracy was under threat that day.

“Inspired by Donald Trump’s rhetoric, his supporters rioted violently,” DiNardo said.

State Democratic party leaders added that Republicans had established “the big lie” – claiming the election was stolen.

Mayor Luke Bronin of Hartford asked: “To Bob Stefanowski who is looking to establish himself as a flag bearer. Are you going to condemn Donald Trump?

Republican Party Chairman Ben Proto said Democrats, including Gov. Ned Lamont, are scared.

“They decided that Bob Stefanowski, for some reason, was their bogeyman,” Proto said. “It’s interesting considering that Bob Stefanowski is not running for governor or any other office at this time.”

Proto said blaming all Republicans for what happened in Washington, DC is silly.

“I understand why they look back because if they look forward they see an abyss they fall into,” Proto said.

Republican Bob Stefanowski defended himself in a statement to News 8, saying, “As we come to the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in our United States Capitol building, we can all agree that whether in Washington , DC or Connecticut, violence is never the answer Everyone found responsible for this tragedy should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law But while we can’t forget how we all felt this on this day President Biden won the election over a year ago. It’s time to step out of the division and hyper partisanship and work together to provide the people of Connecticut with better public safety, a lower cost of living and quality education for their children.

Democrats have said supporting former President Donald Trump will be a campaign issue. State Rep. Geraldo Reyes, Democratic Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Chairman, said Waterbury is surrounded by many Trump-leaning towns.

“Prospect still has rallies every weekend. Trump rallies. A year later,” Reyes said.

House Speaker Matt Ritter said every Republican looking to run for office next year has a question to answer.

“They have to decide if it’s him (Donald Trump), or should we start supporting more reasonable candidates?” Ritter said.

One Republican who has filed campaign papers to spend his own money exploring a gubernatorial bid is former Republican House Leader Themis Klarides.

“January 6 was a terrible day for our nation,” Klarides told News 8. “Violence should never be America’s way of resolving our political differences. I condemned it then, and I condemn it now. My focus is on what lies ahead in Connecticut and solving the serious issues facing too many families here at home. It’s not a state people can afford to live in, and it’s is my goal for the future.

State Republican caucus leaders are also speaking out a year after the Capitol attack.

House Republican Minority Leader Vin Candelora told News 8:

“We should commemorate what happened on January 6 by bringing political parties and elected officials together, not perpetuate this division.”

Senate Republican Minority Leaders Kevin Kelly and Paul Formica say, “In Connecticut, we do not stand for violence or those who incite division. It’s not the Connecticut way.

The 2022 national elections are 10 months away.

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