GOP leaders in 3 CT cities want Leora Levy to resign from RNC over attacks on Themis Klarides


A letter sent by three Connecticut city Republican leaders asks Leora Levy to resign as a member of the Republican National Committee, citing what they say are conflicts of interest.

Levy is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat, hoping to unseat Senator Richard Blumenthal in November. But first, Levy must win a primary in August, against former Senate Minority Leader Themis Klarides and businessman Peter Pumaj.

The letter sent by Republican City Committee Chairmen Chris Beyus, of Torrington, Kevin Beal of Simsbury and Mark Tweedie of Manchester, to State Party Chairman Ben Proto and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, claims that Levy uses tactics in his campaign that harm the party. Goals.

“We state, in unequivocal terms, that we are not asking him to end his campaign for the United States Senate,” the letter read. Instead, the three city leaders “urge the State Central Committee to take action and demand that Committee member Levy resign as a member of the National Committee, making way for a qualified person who can support and respect the Republican Party of Connecticut”.

Levy has attacked favorite Klarides in adverts and in public, saying, for example, in a recent email to supporters that “Themis Klarides is scared and has a lot to hide”.

The city’s three GOP leaders say the attacks undermine Levy’s role as a National Committee member and hurt the party as a whole.

“While we recognize her right to a primary under Connecticut law, her increasingly negative and personal campaign against the party-endorsed candidate is unworthy of office and detrimental to the party,” the letter said. “If a party leader is competing for elected office, he must also be willing and able to fulfill his duties to the party. If the conduct or performance becomes contrary to the mission of the party, the officer must make a choice.

Levy’s campaign manager, Christopher Velazco, said in a prepared statement that “these attacks are untrue, and nothing more than political insiders complaining about issues that don’t affect voters or make a real difference to voters.” Connecticut”.

In response to a query from Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Proto said, “I haven’t received a letter. No one told me about a letter. I haven’t read a letter.

Proto said it was “inside baseball” and “the average person on the street doesn’t care”.

“Inside baseball tends not to win elections,” he said.

Although Proto said he had not received a letter about Levy, Beal confirmed that he and his colleagues had sent one, in an attempt to show “concern for his ability to divide his work as a as a candidate for federal office while serving as a member of the national committee and how that divided the work appears on the campaign.

“As a member of the national committee, we want to support Republicans,” Beal said. “Obviously, if you’re going to campaign, you have to run against other Republicans. This is the challenge.

Klarides, who was endorsed by the state party ahead of the August primary, edged out her Republican rivals in fundraising, listing $448,000 in donations between April and June, including a $40,000 contribution to her own country.

Levy raised nearly $262,000 in donations during the second quarter, but bolstered that with a $300,000 loan to his own campaign, bringing his personal contribution to $1 million so far.

Lumaj trailed, raising $68,000 in second-quarter donations plus an $8,000 loan to his own campaign, totaling $258,000 in loans.

“I have 500,000 Republicans there who can vote in a primary in August,” Proto said. “Primaries tend to have low turnout. So it would seem that people better spend their time trying to get more people to vote in this primary.


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