Press Releases

Bob Stefanowski Statement on Roe. vs. Wade

May 11, 2022

The unauthorized leak of a draft Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, has resulted in a renewed discussion on the critical and intensely personal issue of abortion across our country.

While discussions in many states will likely continue over the summer, it is important for Connecticut residents to remember that the right to an abortion was codified into Connecticut state law over 30 years ago and regardless of what the Supreme Court decides this right will remain in effect in our state.

Further, under no circumstances will I as Governor attempt to change the existing law. A woman’s right to choose has been, is, and will remain codified in Connecticut State Law, including Connecticut’s ban on late term abortions – except in the case where the mother’s health is at risk.

Governor Lamont should clarify his position on attempts by Democrats in Washington to eliminate any restrictions whatsoever on abortions, including allowing the termination of a pregnancy up to the moment of birth, without exception. The vast majority of people in Connecticut find this to be extreme and I agree.

Does Governor Lamont support abortion right up to the moment of birth? Voters deserve to know.

Does Governor Lamont support thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-olds seeking an abortion without the knowledge of a parent or guardian? Voters deserve to know.

Consistent with the majority of other states, Connecticut should consider a parental notification requirement for minors under sixteen seeking an abortion, except in the case of rape or incest. This requirement is already in place for most medical procedures performed on minors and abortion should be no exception.

As your Governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that as a state we support and care for women facing these difficult decisions, and when chosen, abortions are safe and legal.

Stefanowski, Devlin Accept Republican Nomination

May 9, 2022

Branford, CT– Bob Stefanowski, Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut, and State Representative Laura Devlin of Fairfield, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, accept Republican nomination for Governor and Lt. Governor:  

“This is just the beginning of what has already been an exciting campaign. We’ve been all over Connecticut talking with people about our vision for our great state: making it easier for people to make a life here, harder for politicians and insiders to take advantage of taxpayers and safer for all our communities,” said Stefanowski. 

“Too often one-Party control of state government, leaves the people out, but keeps the insiders in. I’m excited that for the next six months we’re going to be able to get to every town and talk with people about what matters to them, so that we can hit the ground running in January,” said Devlin. 

Stefanowski Calls On Lamont To Use Veto on Democrat Budget

April 12, 2022

Branford, CT– Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, calls on Governor Lamont to use his veto on Democrat revenue package.

“For me, that means no hanky panky when it comes to the spending cap, no fooling around with the revenue cap, no playing games with the rainy day…” Governor Ned Lamont

“No ‘hanky panky’ or ‘fooling around’? Governor, this is serious. You have to set the marker down with Democrat lawmakers that you’ll veto any budget that doesn’t adhere to the fiscal stability measures put in place by the bipartisan legislature in 2017,” said Stefanowski.

“I know this is an election year and soundbites carry the day, but the Governor should be straight with people about his intentions with this budget. Send a clear message to the people of Connecticut and Democrat legislators that you will veto any budget that uses gimmicks and goes around budget guardrails. These are the policies that break the trust with the public and we need to put an end to them.”nd to them.”

Stefanowski Announces 1,539 supporters donated over $600,000 to Campaign in First Fundraising Quarter

April 11, 2022

Branford, CT- Today, Bob Stefanowski, Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut, released the following statement regarding the first fundraising quarter of the campaign:

“I feel the energy and excitement around our campaign every day, everywhere I go. People are ready for change and they’re jumping at the chance to help in every possible way.

To have over 1,500 people invest in our campaign in less than three months shows that our goal of making Connecticut more affordable, safer and making our state government more accountable to the people is gaining momentum and people want to help make a difference.”

Fundraising Facts for Period Covering: January 19,2022 – March 31, 2022:

  • Total Donations: $608,243
  • 1,539 Donors
  • Median Donation of $50
  • Candidate investment to date: $10,000,000

These numbers represent fundraising efforts that will be reflected in the quarterly campaign finance report that is due to the State Elections Enforcement Commission Monday, April 11, 2022.

Bob Stefanowski Endorses Laura Devlin for Lieutenant Governor

April 5, 2022

Branford, CT- Bob Stefanowski, Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut, and State Representative Laura Devlin of Fairfield team up as running mates to campaign for Governor and Lt. Governor.

“Throughout her career Laura Devlin has shown the tenacity and integrity our state needs in its leaders. Today marks the beginning of a fresh start and a new team to get state government working for the people of Connecticut, not the political insiders. I am so grateful to Laura for her leadership, her partnership and I am beyond excited to hit the ground running. I know working together we can get a lot done for the people of our state who are expecting more affordability, safer communities, and accountability in their state government.” Bob Stefanowski, Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut.

“I am honored to join Bob Stefanowski and so appreciate his trust in me. Taking on the status quo to make Connecticut safer, more affordable and state government more accountable is no small task, but Bob and I are up to the challenge. Connecticut is the greatest state, with the best people, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the brightest students and endless opportunities for a bright future. Our elected leaders must do more to help realize that bright future. Bob has shown he’ll stand up for the people of Connecticut and I know working together we can make a difference.” State Representative Laura Devlin (R-134th), Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor of Connecticut

Stefanowski Calls for West Haven Mayor to Resign; Immediate Forensic Audit of State COVID-19 Funds

March 31, 2022

Branford, CT- Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, calls for West Haven Mayor to resign and immediate forensic audit of state COVID-19 funds.

“Enough is enough already. This is an injustice to the people of West Haven, a community already paying some of the highest local taxes in the state, being overseen by the Municipal Accountability Review Board because their local finances are in such a disarray, and the report released today only adds insult to injury. An alarming $244,000 of the $1.1 million in COVID-19 related funds were spent on COVID-19 related expenses,” said Stefanowski.

“The Mayor of West Haven should resign, she knew they were under scrutiny by the MARB, and she failed to put the protections in place to ensure that local resources were protected and spent with the residents needs in mind,” said Stefanowski. “No-bid contracts, with unauthorized vendors that included a twenty piece marching band, a motivational speaker, unsubstantiated overtime and bonuses, not to mention over six hundred thousand dollars in personal expenses made by Rep. DiMassa, who’s been indicted for his abuse of the public trust.”

“Shame not only on the Mayor, but on Governor Lamont and his Administration for failing to put procedures in place that would protect these funds from being abused,” said Stefanowski. “We need an immediate forensic audit of all COVID-19 funds spent by the State of Connecticut. Billions of dollars are being spent and nobody is providing oversight or holding people accountable. That sadly seems to be the trend and people across the state are paying the price.”

“These documents must be turned over to the F.B.I. and to the Chief’s State’s Attorney for further investigation, and the Governor and his Administration must be held accountable for failing to protect the public trust,” Stefanowski concluded.

Stefanowski Reacts to Legislature Passing Short-Term Gas Tax Suspension

March 22, 2022

Branford, CT- Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, reacts to passage of short-term gas tax relief for residents across the state.

“After three years of working to make gas and commuting in Connecticut more and more expensive, it’s no wonder Republicans in the legislature had to work so hard to get Governor Lamont and legislative Democrats to agree to offer some semblance of relief for the pain everyone is feeling at the pump,” said Stefanowski.

“I know it’s only a start, but we should be grateful for Republican leadership on this issue, and look for ways to expand and extend the state gas tax relief to the gross receipts tax, as well as diesel fuel, to alleviate the hardship on residents, families and small businesses, ” added Stefanowski.

Stefanowski Calls for Immediate Suspension of State Gas Tax

March 8, 2022

Madison, CT- Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, calls for immediate suspension of the state gas tax.

“Connecticut residents are paying some of the highest gas taxes in the nation and they need immediate relief from this national surge in gas prices that has no end in sight.

I’ve been calling for a reduction in gas taxes since the beginning of this spike in the Fall, and the Governor has ignored this issue and what it’s doing to every resident of this state.

Today, I’m calling for a complete suspension of all state gas taxes until January 1, 2023 to alleviate the hardship on residents, families and small businesses.

Long term, we need to take a holistic approach to tax relief, including gas taxes, but today people need immediate relief.”

Stefanowski: Lamont reneging on millions of dollars in funding to municipalities because of corruption within his own Administration

March 6, 2022

Madison, CT- Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, responds to Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Education Committees Joint Informational Forum on the State’s School Construction Program:

“Leaders need to lead and not blame others for their lack of oversight. It was startling to hear the Lamont Administration looking to displace blame and responsibility onto municipalities, many of whom have come out publicly stating that top level officials in the Lamont Administration forced them to use certain contractors in school construction projects,” said Stefanowski. “Claiming the towns have ultimate authority over school construction decisions while they’re being pressured by the state to pick certain vendors, and then pulling funding for these projects, not only misplaces blame, it punishes our communities in need rather than holding the Lamont officials responsible.”

“Governor Lamont is reneging on millions of dollars in funding to municipalities because of corruption within his own Administration,” said Stefanowski. “Now municipalities who are struggling to make budgets whole while avoiding property tax hikes that impact their communities are left to figure out how to fund school construction because the Governor left them high and dry.”

“Completely legitimate questions were asked by a Democrat State Representative regarding who was supervising Deputy OPM Secretary Diamantis, but the Representative’s questions were said to be out of order by Lamont Administration officials as well as the Democrats leading the forum,” said Stefanowski. “This is why we need an immediate and complete investigation by the legislature to answer the pressing questions of how this abuse of the public trust was allowed to happen.”

“If legislators cannot even get their legitimate questions answered by this Administration, it begs for broader authority and oversight by the Legislature,” said Stefanowski. “This Governor has consistently dodged the question about who in his Administration is making decisions, about who authorized the transfer of school construction out of the Department of Administrative Services and over to OPM, and why his Deputy Secretary at OPM was let go,” said Stefanowski. “We’re talking about potentially billions of dollars in taxpayer funds that may have been corrupted, and this Administration has been less than forthcoming with answers.”

Stefanowski Calls on Attorney General to Investigate Allegations of Discriminatory Treatment by the Lamont Administration

March 2, 2022

Madison, CT- Bob Stefanowski, candidate for Governor of Connecticut, calls on Attorney General Tong to immediately launch an investigation into allegations of potentially discriminatory treatment of top appointees by the Lamont Administration.

Citing Public Act No. 21-128, which the Attorney General has touted as solidifying his authority to investigate allegations that an individual’s civil rights are being violated and initiate legal proceedings, Stefanowski is requesting on behalf of the people of Connecticut, that Attorney General Tong immediately investigate the administration’s treatment of former Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw.

“Attorney General Tong has said that he is the people’s lawyer ‘responsible for using the law to fight in civil cases for the rights, freedoms, and interests of Connecticut’s people and its government,’ said Stefanowski. “Given that role, how can the Attorney General not be alarmed and shaken by the statements that have emerged in recent weeks about the treatment of former OPM Secretary McCaw and former DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell?” said Stefanowski.

“These are serious allegations and warrant serious attention,” Stefanowski wrote in his letter to the Attorney General. “The Governor of our state must be held to the highest standards. The alleged actions of this Governor’s closest advisors, who report directly to him, must be addressed. There must be accountability for any mistreatment of any person in the workplace, including the public servants and workers who serve our state and its people.”

“The people of Connecticut deserve a government that holds its leaders accountable with thorough investigation of such alarming claims. As the people’s lawyer, I hope you agree with me and initiate an investigation immediately,” Stefanowski concluded in his letter.