FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012
LABRIOLA RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION
HARTFORD—Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. released the following statement today in response to the Connecticut Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that the Republican Party is entitled to the top line on the November ballot.
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of the Republican Party on the ballot top line issue. In the Party’s view, the language of the statute clearly states that Republicans should receive the top line based on the results of the 2010 gubernatorial election. I regret that it was necessary to file a legal action in response to the Secretary of State’s incorrect interpretation of election law, but I am pleased that our Republican candidates will have their rightful place on the top ballot line for the November 6, 2012 election.”
State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) said, “We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling and excited to have Republican candidates at the top of the ballot for the coming election as they deserve to be. I’m disappointed that the Secretary of State’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General chose to defend partisan political interests rather than meet out the public responsibilities of their office. Our attorneys did an excellent job of arguing our case and I want to say a special thank you to State Senator Len Fasano, my right hand in the Senate Republican office for the past five years and the first person to identify the mistake that was made with the ordering of the ballots in 2011 and the mistake the Secretary of the State’s Office was about to repeat in 2012.”
State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) said, “The Supreme Court unanimously agreed with our reading of Connecticut statutes and has restored the Republican Party to the top position on this year’s ballot. While I wish the Secretary of State’s Office had conceded their error prior to the court proceedings, I’m pleased that we ultimately got to the correct result.”
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