October 17, 2016
Hartford Courant | Daniela Altimari
The abortion rights group NARAL and the anti-abortion Family Institute of Connecticut have each announced their endorsements in this fall's legislative races.
Not surprisingly, there is no overlap between the two lists.
The Family Institute of Connecticut Action Committee is backing seven state senate candidates and 21 candidates for the House. All but one -- Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez of Hartford -- are Republicans.
The endorsements were based on candidate questionnaires. The group may release additional endorsements because it has yet to receive responses from all of those running for the legislature.
In an email to its supporters announcing its endorsements, the Family Institute's political arm said it was most concerned about the candidates "who expressly refused to return our questionnaire or indicated in some other way that they did not want our endorsement... In liberal districts it is understandable but in conservative or swing districts it is worrisome. FIC PAC endorsements can mean the difference between victory and defeat in a competitive race.''
Meanwhile, the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC released a list of 57 candidates it is backing this election cycle. The list includes six Republicans running in the House.
"In national political campaigns, choice has been a debated topic, with the presidential ticket providing a clear division between pro-choice Democrats and anti-choice Republicans,'' the group said in a press release. "This division isn’t so clear when we look down ballot in Connecticut, where some Republicans hold similar pro-choice positions to their Democratic rivals."
The Republican House challengers receiving NARAL's endorsement are: Todd Brown of Rocky Hill, John Scott of Groton, Scott Storms of Windsor Locks and Douglas Losty of New Haven. Incumbent Republicans endorsed by NARAL are Aundre Bumgardner of Groton and Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury.