In The Battle For Connecticut's Cities And Towns, Both Parties Claim Victory
HARTFORD — Republicans and Democrats are touting their victories from Tuesday's municipal elections and pointing to local issues – rather than statewide or national ideological trends – that were the deciding factor in the races across the state.
"At the end of the day, local issues are going to trump any ideological message that gets used in the campaign,'' said Matthew J. Hennessy, a longtime Democratic political consultant in Hartford. "I think the Republicans tried to put [Gov.] Dan Malloy on the ballot in these municipal races, and that strategy just didn't seem to work. That could be the one thing that comes out of this, especially in the Fairfield race and trying to tie it to GE. Voters are smarter than that.''
He added, "Getting an ideological message that's going to resonate in a mayor's or first selectman's race is a fool's errand. It just was not an effective approach.''
"When the smoke clears, it would be very difficult to find a trend – other than the status quo was essentially maintained,'' Hennessy said. "I don't think you can read much else into it.''