The Revolution in CT rolls on

According to WTIC 1080 radio, Tami Zawistowski won a special election in the 61st District which includes the towns of East Granby, Suffield and Windsor.  This actually is a GOP gain in the General Assembly after the death of Democrat Elaine O’Brien of Suffield. State Party Chair Jerry Labriola called the victory “a true testimony of the strength of her Republican message.”  Video blogger Palin Smith while happy with the results said this at his Facebook page about GOP establishment hack Labriola’s statement.

“It had everything to do with Tami and nothing to do with Labriola’s GOP!!”

The Journal Inquirer of Manchester broke down the numbers.

Zawistowski defeated opponent Peter Hill, a Democrat, by a margin of 546 votes. The final unofficial results Friday night were 1,971 votes for Zawistowski to Hill’s 1,425.

She calls herself a fiscal conservative who would vote to cut “out-of-control spending” at the state house. She also pledged to vote to eliminate the gas and diesel tax, bring back the tax exemption on clothing and on over-the-counter, nonprescription meds, as well as cut the $250 annual business entity tax.

Zawistowski believes her success could be a bellwether for more Republican wins in the upcoming November election.

“I think people are dissatisfied with the Malloy administration,” the 57-year-old said.

If the GOP can pickup 22 seats in the House, they win back the majority.

This mini-revolution dates back to last June when Samuel Belsito won a special election to fill a vacant legislative seat in north-central Connecticut. Voters in the 53rd House District, which is most of Tolland, Willington, and Ashford  chose the Tolland councilman, to take the place of Democratic Rep. Bryan Hurlburt, who resigned from the General Assembly to take a job with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Farm Services Bureau. Belsito is the first Republican to represent the 53rd District in forty years.

Both Belsito and Zawistowski are pro-gun.

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