18th District Senate Candidates Release Statements On Separate Topics

This article was published on: 09/5/20 3:24 PM by Mike Minarsky

 Col. Statchen Responds to Trump Disparaging Military

Groton, CT – Today, Colonel Bob Statchen responded to recent reports from The Atlantic, Associated Press, Washington Post, and Fox News that President Trump called American military members “suckers” and “losers” for volunteering for service, being captured, or dying in war.

“The President’s comments are just beyond words,” said Col. Statchen. “For generations, American service members have fought and died to protect our country and ensure our rights. To have a Commander in Chief that doesn’t understand, respect, or honor that sacrifice is almost unbelievable. But President Trump has shown us who he is. He called Senator John McCain a ‘loser’ on video and then lied about it. He attacked a Gold Star family. He did nothing when Russia put bounties on American troops. As someone who has served in the armed forces for nearly three decades, it gives me no joy to criticize the Commander in Chief, but a person who doesn’t support or respect Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice should never be president.”

Senator Heather Somers (R-Groton) Statement on Emergency Powers Vote

“While I commend much of the governor’s response to the pandemic and the necessary steps that have been taken to bring down new infections and hospitalizations, I believe our next phase of response and reopening must feature greater collaboration with legislators and local leaders.

“As we continue to safeguard the health of our communities, while moving as swiftly as possible to safely restore everyday lives and livelihoods, we must have leaders at the table who understand the situation on the ground in different regions of the state — who can bring critical perspectives to help shape the strongest possible policy.

“What is right for Danbury or Stamford may not be what is right for Groton or Plainfield, and our communities would benefit from bipartisan collaboration and a regional approach going forward.

“Emergency powers can always be reinstated if the situation requires, but at this moment a one-size, top-down statewide approach will not necessarily best serve our small businesses, families, health care workers and communities.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the governor, medical experts and community leaders to keep our communities healthy and get Connecticut swiftly and safely back to work.”

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