"Does the GOP in Connecticut have a problem? You bet it does," Cafero said. "I think part of that problem is, we have failed to define ourselves as Connecticut Republicans and frankly have allowed the national Republican party to define us."
The state party could soon be looking for a new leader. Chairman George Gallo said he is considering leaving the position in January. Cafero recently tapped Gallo as his caucus' new chief of staff.
Despite the losses, Gallo said he is optimistic about the Republican Party in Connecticut, pointing to the fact that there are more GOP officials running local cities and towns than Democrats. (AP)
So, Gallo may go in January. Any ideas on who might replace him, if he does decide to leave?
Cafero is blaming the ills of the state party on the national one, as are many others. There's a lot of truth to that, of course, but the fact is that in 2002, the party still didn't do well in the legislature even with a popular Republican, John Rowland, at the top of the ticket and three strong Republicans winning congressional seats. So maybe it isn't the national party, at least not entirely.
Gallo's point about municipalities is interesting. Republicans can take solace that they do, in fact, do well in the towns. But that doesn't always mean success at a higher level. Party seems to mean more to voters the farther up the ladder one goes--probably because a town council member can know a significant percentage of his or her constituents personally, while a state representative or state senator often can't.
Haigh, Susan. "GOP seeks rebound from election losses, a legislative defection." Associated Press 26 November, 2006.