Blu­men­thal en­dorses Berg­stein in 36th Dis­trict

Greenwich Time - - FRONT PAGE - By Ken Bor­suk kbor­suk@green­wichtime.com

GREEN­WICH — U.S. Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, D-Conn., will en­dorse the state Sen­ate can­di­dacy of Alexan­dra Berg­stein Sun­day af­ter­noon in Stam­ford.

Blu­men­thal, the state’s se­nior sen­a­tor, will ap­pear with Berg­stein at 3 p.m. at 111 W. North Street in the city and then can­vas the neigh­bor­hood to drum up sup­port for the up­com­ing elec­tion.

Berg­stein, a Demo­crat, is chal­leng­ing five-term in­cum­bent state Sen. L. Scott Frantz in the state’s 36th Dis­trict, which in­cludes all of Green­wich as well as por­tions of Stam­ford and New Canaan.

Berg­stein and Frantz are both Green­wich res­i­dents.

“It’s an honor to be en­dorsed by some­one with the courage to stand up for the in­tegrity of our Democ­racy in these tur­bu­lent times,” Berg­stein said. “Sen. Blu­men­thal has ded­i­cated his ca­reer to de­fend­ing the pub­lic in­ter­est and en­sur­ing that in­di­vid­ual free­dom tran­scends po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.”

Berg­stein also has been en­dorsed by Con­necti­cut Against Gun Vi­o­lence, the Con­necti­cut League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers, Moms De­mand Ac­tion Against Gun Vi­o­lence, Planned Par­ent­hood and NARAL Pro-Choice Amer­ica.

Frantz, co-chair of the Fi­nance Rev­enue and Bond­ing Com­mit­tee and the Com­merce Com­mit­tee, and vice chair of the Govern­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Elec­tions Com­mit­tee, said Fri­day he only sought two en­dorse­ments for his cam­paign, both of which he re­ceived — from the Con­necti­cut As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors and the Con­necti­cut Busi­ness and In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

He said he wanted those be­cause Re­al­tors are the “best barom­e­ter for how we are do­ing as a state” and be­cause of his “laser fo­cus on the des­per­ate state of Con­necti­cut’s fis­cal con­di­tion and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.”

On Fri­day, Blu­men­thal said he wanted to “add my voice and my sup­port” to Berg­stein.

“I know her per­son­ally and I ad­mire her past ser­vice to the com­mu­nity,” Blu­men­thal said. “She would be a great state sen­a­tor for Green­wich and Stam­ford and New Canaan. Plus she would be my state sen­a­tor if she is elected so there is a per­sonal con­nec­tion to this race. She is a per­son of in­tel­li­gence and in­tegrity and she is de­voted to our town and to our state.”

He praised Berg­stein for her po­si­tions on women’s rights and women’s health and on gun safety, an is­sue that has emerged in re­cent weeks on the cam­paign trail as Berg­stein has made it a cen­ter­piece of her pitch to vot­ers.

Frantz on Fri­day shared rank­ings just put out by the Mer­ca­tus In­sti­tute, a non­profit think tank at Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity, which listed Con­necti­cut at 50th in cash sol­vency, 48th in bud­get sol­vency and 47th in long-run sol­vency.

“At the end of the day, this elec­tion is a ref­er­en­dum on who can ac­tu­ally be in a po­si­tion to save the state from in­sol­vency,” Frantz said. “With the mas­sive amount of bor­row­ing the (Mal­loy) ad­min­is­tra­tion has un­der­taken in a ris­ing in­ter­est rate en­vi­ron­ment and the un­af­ford­able, long-term con­tracts they have signed with state em­ploy­ees ... I can­not em­pha­size enough that this is an ab­so­lute dis­as­ter in the mak­ing. The peo­ple of the 36th Sen­ate Dis­trict can help save our state by send­ing up a leg­is­la­tor with a ton of ex­pe­ri­ence in fis­cal af­fairs and fi­nance.”

Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

The con­clu­sion of the League of Women Vot­ers of Green­wich state Sen­ate de­bate is seen here as in­cum­bent Repub­li­can L. Scott Frantz, left, for the 36th state Sen­ate Dis­trict, shakes hands with his Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Alexan­dra Berg­stein, at Green­wich Town Hall on Wed­nes­day.

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