A Round Up of Endorsements


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CT Examiner has assembled a round up of major endorsements

How they endorsed

  • The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund gives out letter grades to candidates based on their voting records, public statements and their responses to a questionnaire. “Aq” means a candidate received an “A” grade based only on their answers in the questionnaire.

  • The Connecticut Business and Industry Association grades lawmakers by their votes on 10 bills the association considered priorities in the 2019 legislative session, so there are only grades for incumbent candidates. If a candidate takes more votes that CBIA considers pro-business – such as voting against the minimum wage increase – they’ll have a higher score.

  • The American Federation of Teachers-Connecticut’s Executive Committee reviews requests for endorsements from candidates. Candidates must sign a “Statement of Principles” and receive a two-thirds vote from AFT Connecticut’s Committee on Political Education to earn an endorsement.

  • The Connecticut AFL-CIO’s process for any candidate seeking endorsement: (1) fill out our questionnaire; (2) do an interview; and (3) receive a 2/3 vote of our delegates at convention. All candidates were eligible to fill out our questionnaire. And every candidate that filled it out was offered an interview.

  • The Connecticut State Police Union endorsed 34 candidates in the 2020 state House and Senate races. The union endorsed one Democrat – Rep. Jill Barry, who was the lone Democrat to vote against the police accountability bill passed in special session in July.

  • The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters endorses candidates based on their responses to a survey about their positions on environmental issues. The league has made all the survey responses available on its website.

  • The National Federation of Independent Businesses has a committee of members from Connecticut, including small business owners, who review the candidates and decide who to endorse.

This story has been edited to clarify the process for receiving and endorsement from the Connecticut AFL-CIO