Hartford, CT – With the primaries behind him, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski’s extremism is on full display in a hall of Trump-endorsed anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ mirrors.
After 2018, Stefanowski went into hiding, consulting for clients he insists on keeping secret despite using $10 million of his income to fund his campaign. The man who made $16.6 million trapping working people in predatory loans claims confidentiality is the reason he can’t share his client list. Still, Stefanowski’s investments in Trump-endorsed allies and the extremist company he keeps prove there’s more to the story than he’s willing to share.
Did he engage in closed-door dealings knowing he was going to run for office again? Did he promise his clients something in return? Will he release the client list before voters go to the polls in November?
Following the money leads voters straight to Stefanowski’s true intentions – while claiming to be pro-choice, he maxed out in campaign donations to U.S. Senate candidate Leora Levy, who has since joined him on the ticket, proudly doubled down on her anti-choice stance, boasted about an endorsement from former president Donald Trump, and received an “A” rating from the NRA.
Stefanowski’s public supporters may offer a hint about who he was paid to consult. Sean Fieler, a leading donor to anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ campaigns, pledged more than $1 million to help put him in office. Peter Wolfgang, an anti-abortion champion and President of the Family Institute of Connecticut, which regularly attacks the rights of women and the LGBTQ community, is an ardent supporter of Stefanowski, and claims he has “heartened pro-life voters.”
To raise money and rally his base, Stefanowski attempted to bring fervent extremist, Gov. Pete Ricketts to Connecticut. Gov. Ricketts, who went to court to keep Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage, applauded the Texas SB-8 abortion ban, which did not have exceptions for rape or incest.
“Stefanowski refuses to come clean with Connecticut, but the extremists he keeps close– the ones he’s taking money from and giving money to– reveal his radical intentions with the Governorship,” said Lamont campaign spokeswoman, Onotse Omoyeni. “Governor Lamont spent his first term leading with Connecticut values to deliver on his promises, navigate a pandemic, and turn a budget deficit into an unprecedented surplus. It’s clear Stefanowski’s ties to extremism are deep, but until he reveals his client list, Connecticut won’t know whose agenda he’s working to enact.”