Democrats bring Trump into Connecticut legislative races

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut General Assembly candidates are feeling the effects of the contentious presidential election.

Republicans in particular are being challenged by state Democrats to disavow their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, following various controversial remarks he’s made. Those calls have been stepped up following the release of a 2005 video tape where Trump made vulgar comments about women.

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) says Republicans should explain why they’re supporting Trump.

While some GOP candidates have publicly distanced themselves from Trump, state Republican Party Chairman JR Romano says voters care more about jobs and the condition of Connecticut’s economy than who a state legislative candidate supports for president. He says Democrats are trying to make this election about everything but their record in Connecticut, which he calls abysmal.

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