Connecticut Senator Wants to Outlaw Fusion

Connecticut has three types of political parties. Qualified major parties nominate by primary; qualified minor parties nominate by convention; unqualified parties nominate by primary. Currently, Connecticut permits fusion for the first two types of party, although not the third type.

Connecticut State Senator Mary Ann Handley, Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, has introduced Proposed Bill No. 556, to outlaw all types of fusion. Her action is surprising, since she herself was the beneficiary of fusion in last November’s election. She received 20,969 votes on the Democratic line and 1,118 on the Working Families line; her only opponent received 14,064 votes solely on the Republican line. Although she didn’t need the Working Families votes in order to win, one would think she appreciated them.

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