Friday, April 19, 2024


Connecticut GOP Delegates Rank Terrorism and Economy Top Issues

Terrorism and the economy rank as the nation’s top two issues in the minds of the 30 Connecticut delegates to this week’s Republican National Convention in New York. No Westport residents are among the delegates.

Both issues far overshadow others such as education, moral values and taxes, according to a survey conducted by The Associated Press.

According to the AP survey, 85.2 percent of the delegates ranked “fighting terrorism” as the most important issue facing the nation. In comparison, 24.5 percent of Connecticut delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston chose terrorism.

The economy and jobs ranked tops among the Democrats.

There are 10 delegates six regular, all from Greenwich, and four alternates—from lower Fairfield County to the GOP convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday.

Rep. Christopher Shays, who is opposing Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell in November, is not a delegate but will be attending the convention with a busy schedule of receptions, lunches and dinners, according to his campaign office.

Like the Democratic delegation, most of the Republican delegates – 92.6 percent – are white. More than half are men and 74 percent are married.

Twenty-seven of the 30 Connecticut delegates responded to the survey.

Most of the Connecticut Republicans going to the convention – 48 percent – said they support abortion, while 18.5 oppose abortion and 33 percent either refused to answer or remain undecided.

On the issue of same-sex marriage, most of the GOP delegates who responded – 63 percent – oppose it. Only one delegate said he or she supported gay marriage, while nine, or 33 percent, said they supported something else such as civil unions.

According to the same AP survey, most of the GOP delegates have yet to decide who should be the Republican candidate in 2008. About 52 percent said they don’t have a preference.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was mentioned by 22 percent of the delegates. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and former congressman J.C. Watts were also mentioned.

(Editor’s Note: After having been accredited for coverage at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, WestportNow sought similar accreditation for the Republican National Convention, but Republican officials denied the request, saying “there was no more room.”

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