The Governor-elect finally had a victory party early Wednesday afternoon with many who had stayed up ’till 2:00 a.m. waiting, coming back to the clubhouse at Dunkin’ Donuts Park to cheer him and running mate Susan Bysiewicz on their victory at last.
“I’m going to do everything I can to be a champion for small business, big business, make sure you have confidence in the state. Make sure this is a state where you want to invest and grow. Hire people. And that’s how we get Connecticut growing again and that’s what I mean to do,” Governor-Elect Ned Lamont told cheering supporters.
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He said he plans to announce a chief of staff and transition team by the end of this week. “I think you want to get a sense of we’re ready to go. We’ve got our budget team, we’ve got our business advocacy team. I want you to know that we’re going to be ready to hit the ground come January,” he added.
And he reiterated his main campaign theme promises. “We’re not going to raise the income tax, we’re going to slowly reduce property taxes over a period of time. I’m going to do everything I can to put electronic tolls just on tractor trailer trucks, nothing else, going forward,” Lamont stated.
Lamont’s ‘wet ballot victory’ (vote tallies were delayed because wet ballots couldn’t be run through optical scanning machines and caused them to jam) for Governor also swept the Democrats into complete control of the General Assembly.
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Along with his victory, the Democrats retake control of the 36 seat State Senate with at least 21 seats and possibly as high as 24 and increase their majority in the 151 seat House to 90 or possibly 91.
“I talked to the Democratic leaders this morning and said I’m looking forward to working with them. I talked to the Republican leaders as well and said my door is open,” Lamont stated.
But the numbers don’t lie; The Republicans in the Assembly won’t have the clout they’ve had in the past two years with that 18 to 18 tie in the State Senate.