HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With Election Day just about six months away, Connecticut Democrats kicked off their two-day convention Friday at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford.
Two thousand delegates from across the state cast their vote for who they want to have on the Democratic ticket this November.
“I am excited. I am thrilled,” Peter Calcandy, a delegate from Oxford said. “This is the beginning of a good. It’s going to be a good season for us.”
It’s a blue wave of excitement for this delegate. His hat of political buttons shows his love of campaigns.
“I didn’t go to Roosevelt’s. I didn’t go to Truman’s. I didn’t go to, you know, I just like political pins,” Calcandy said.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was endorsed for a third six-year term Friday night. He was nominated by Sen. Chris Murphy.
“This is just such an important moment for this country and for the world to expend a leader standing up for Ukraine,” Murphy said. “He’s been a leader standing up for women in their right to choose. It’s just a moment made for Dick.”
Blumenthal is the longest-serving Connecticut Attorney General, serving 20 years, and has been fighting in Washington in the Senate for 12 years.
“I always campaign like I’m 10 points behind,” he said.
At 76 years old, Blumenthal has survived campaign gaffs. A 2010 misstep led voters to believe he served in Vietnam when he was actually state-side in the military. This year, he is virtually unscathed after attending a Connecticut communist event in New Haven.
Blumenthal says his focus this time around is protecting a woman’s right to choose an abortion — a huge issue Democrats will push going into November.
“I’m just consumed with the work still to be done, and I’m going to fight harder than ever because our democracy really has had to break the glass moment,” he said. “Look at what’s happening with the Supreme Court about reversing Roe v. Wade. I’ve led the effort in the United States Senate with the Women’s Health Protection Act, and we’re going to have a vote on it this week.”
He also dispelled a rumor when News 8’s Chief Political Correspondent Jodi Latina said, “There was speculation that you were not going to run and that maybe your son Matthew might run.”
“Well, he is the smarter, nicer, better looking, and more of the Blumenthal, just ask his mother,” he said. “But for right now, I’m ready.”
Democrats will choose their nominees for the five congressional districts next week.
On day two of the convention, delegates will vote on governor and lieutenant governor nominees. The under-ticket races of the attorney general and comptroller are expected to be quick as there are no challengers. The treasurer’s office and secretary of the state will be a battle for the delegates.
Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to address the party on Saturday.
Stay tuned to News 8 for updates on the Republican and Democratic Conventions throughout the weekend.