From Christopher Keating at the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch Blog:
The Green Party of Connecticut nominated a slate of candidates Saturday for the November election for attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, and secretary of the state.
Based on state law, the party has ballot lines for 2010 for those statewide positions. But since the party lacked the necessary 1 percent of the vote in the 2006 governor’s race, the party does not have an automatic ballot line for governor in 2010.
For attorney general, Stephen Fournier – a Hartford attorney with 30 years of active practice at the bar – gained the party’s nomination.
For secretary of the state, longtime candidate Michael DeRosa of Wethersfield accepted the party’s nod. DeRosa ran in 2006, but he was unable to get into a debate against Democrat Susan Bysiewicz.
David Bue, an investment adviser from Westport, will be the candidate for treasurer against Democratic incumbent Denise Nappier, while Colin Bennet of Westbrook has the party’s support for comptroller in the race against longtime Democratic incumbent Nancy Wyman.
Gubernatorial candidate Cliff Thornton ran on the Green Party line in 2006 and captured 9,585 votes, which translates to 0.85 percent – just short of the 1 percent threshold. He polled ahead of Joseph Zdonczyk of the Concerned Citizens Party, who received 0.50 percent of the vote. Republican M. Jodi Rell won the race with 63.2 percent, compared to 35.42 percent for Democrat John DeStefano of New Haven. Thornton and his campaign manager, Ken Krayeske, fought fiercely to debate Rell and DeStefano in 2006, but it never happened.
Tim McKee, a longtime Green Party spokesman, said before the convention that the party hoped to have 12 to 20 candidates for the state legislature, as well as Congressional races. The party has ballot lines in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Congressional districts because they have reached the necessary voting levels for ballot access. The Green Party is not on the ballot in areas where the party has less strength – the 4th Congressional district in Fairfield County and the 5th Congressional district in Litchfield County.
The party’s meeting Saturday was held at the Portland Senior Center on Waverly Avenue in Portland.