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Obama backs handful of Connecticut Democrats, including Hayes, Abrams

Obama backs handful of Connecticut Democrats, including Hayes, Abrams

Former President Barack Obama released a second wave of endorsements Monday that included several Democratic candidates running for offices in Connecticut this November.

Obama endorsed Jahana Hayes, running in the 5th Congressional District, John-Michael Parker, running for the 101st House District, Mary Daugherty Abrams, for the 13th Senate District, and Christine Cohen, running in the 12th Senate District. He is also endorsing gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont and running mate Susan Bysiewicz.

“Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” Obama said in the announcement. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something... I’m proud to endorse so many of them today, and I’m eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.”

President Donald Trump endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski the day after he won the August primary, but hasn’t offered his support to any other candidates at any level in Connecticut. State Republican Chairman J.R. Romano couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Parker said the endorsement is another incentive to work hard and give the people of his district — Madison and Durham— the type of representation they deserve. He will face Republican incumbent Noreen Kokoruda in November’s election.

“It is an honor to receive the president’s endorsement, and I am humbled to know that he believes in our campaign and our fight for a stronger economy, quality public education and affordable healthcare for everyone,” Parker said in a statement. “This distinction is... also a validation of the idea that a campaign built on hope and the possibility of change for a better future is still a powerful one in the United States — and, especially, here in Connecticut.”

Abrams said it was thrilling to receive the endorsement, particularly because Obama was a former state legislator.

“It is quite an honor to receive the President’s endorsement and know that he believes in our campaign and our fight for affordable health care, a woman’s right to choose, paid family medical leave, good paying jobs, equal pay, sensible gun laws that protect children and the community, and an equitable and quality education for all children,” Abrams said.

Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) said her organization was excited to join forces with Obama to highlight races among the over 6,000 on the ballot this year.

Hayes, who is running against Manny Santos, also received an endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

“Working people need to know that when Democrats take back the House, we’re going to take giant steps forward to extend the safety net so that everyone can thrive,” Hayes said in a statement. “With support from people like Joe Biden, I know we can and will fight forward to move our country to a future that works for everyone.”

“(Hayes) understands these most American principles, and I’m proud to lend her my support. She knows the issues that most Americans face and what we need to meet these challenges head on,” Biden said in a statement.
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