Ask Every Republican Candidate About Jan. 6 and the 2020 Election

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To the Editor

No issue is more important to the survival of our republic than voter access, fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power.

Sadly, the national Republic party is under the sway of a faction that promotes the falsehood that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and conveniently ignores the violence that took place on January 6, 2021 in our nation’s capitol.  This faction and the GOP national leadership disregards the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, William Barr and a host of other Republicans on the events leading up to and surrounding January 6. It sanctions Republicans who take issue with their point of view.  Case in point Liz Cheney.

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Connecticut citizens may want to believe themselves to be aloof from the national political scene, a rational outpost, where we can have serious differences yet respectfully engage and accept electoral outcomes and representative’s decisions.  Yet, we are not an island. It behooves us to consider the larger reality.  A local candidate may label themselves a different kind of Republican. Yet the fact remains that party loyalty and strict adherence to party leaderships’ directions is the expectation, reality and the norm of the controlling faction of the GOP.

CT Examiner would provide a great service to the electorate if it would directly ask each Republican candidate the following questions:  Do you believe that Joe Biden was elected president in a free and fair election, yes or no?  Do you agree with the legal findings by numerous courts that there was no meaningful evidence of voter fraud that would have altered the election outcome, yes or no?  Do you consider the events of January 6, 2021 to have been a violent insurrection that illegally sought to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, yes or no. How a Republican candidate answers these questions is vital to our understanding of how they stand regarding our national identity and rule of law. 

Daniel A. Welch
Old Saybrook, C