10/7/20

ACU Foundation Releases Latest Scores of Connecticut General Assembly

For years, Democrats in Connecticut have controlled the governor’s office, the General Assembly, all the state’s constitutional offices, and the entire U.S. Congressional Delegation.

Unfortunately, their leftist ideology appears to be rubbing off on Republicans, who earned an average conservative score below 50%. In fact, Connecticut Republicans supported the liberal position more often than the conservative position during the 2019 session.

The American Conservative Union Foundation conducts an annual, in-depth analysis to rate all 8,000 lawmakers in America, revealing their positions on a wide variety of issues directly affecting our communities and families.

In 2018, Connecticut's Republican legislators were the 6th most liberal in the country (57%), and after falling again are now in contention for the most liberal Republicans in the country (48%).

The state’s overall score is down nearly 20 points in three sessions (19.45%).

We want Connecticut to start moving in the right direction, and we need your help.

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Connecticut General Assembly Had its most Liberal Session in History before Shutdown

CPAC Host Releases Scores of Connecticut General Assembly

Alexandria, VA—Lawmakers of the Connecticut General Assembly turned in their most liberal voting records in history ahead of the coronavirus shutdown, according to the just-released ratings of the 2019 session published by The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

CLICK HERE for the scorecard and the full list of scores for Connecticut state lawmakers. Leadership of the General Assembly earned the following scores:

  • Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney 11%
  • Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff 7%
  • Senate Minority Leader Leonard Fasano 37%
  • Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz 14%
  • House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter 11%
  • House Minority Leader Themis Klarides 46%

In the previous session, the Connecticut General Assembly (34.41%) ranked in the top 10 most liberal legislatures in the country. In the 2019 session, Connecticut fell nine more points to 25.45%, and could qualify in the top 5 most liberal legislatures.

“Connecticut’s leftist lawmakers reduced take-home pay for thousands of working families with dozens of tax-and-spend schemes ahead of the Chinese coronavirus,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Making matters worse, they looked the other way when Governor Lamont imposed 73 executive orders prohibiting people from making a living. If Connecticut residents want to lift these government burdens to provide for their families, they’ll first need a serious change of heart from their state lawmakers.”

Just eight lawmakers (under 5% of all members) qualified as conservatives for scoring 80% or better, while nearly 39 lawmakers (over 21% of all members) qualified for the Coalition of the Radical Left for opposing the conservative position on at least 90% of votes. Republicans earned a 47.94% average (more liberal than conservative) and Democrats earned a 10.55% average. Both averages land each caucus in contention for the most liberal Republicans and most liberal Democrats of any state legislature in the country.

ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect citizens.

ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Click Here to view the 2019 Ratings of Connecticut online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF’s Ratings of the States, email Luke Schneider, Deputy Director of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability, at [email protected].

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