Stefanowski goes after the womens’ vote

October 2, 2018

After weeks of attacks from Democrats about his stance — or lack thereof — on women’s issues, Bob Stefanowski’s campaign has launched a women’s coalition called Connecticut Women for Change.

One of the leaders of the group is Noelle Nikpour, a Republican strategist and frequent cable news guest, who has been paid $30,000 by the Stefanowski campaign, finance reports show. A New York resident, she recently held a fundraiser in Stefanowski’s honor at her midtown Manhattan apartment.

“Electing Bob Stefanowski as governor will be a huge step towards achieving the change our state so desperately needs,” Levy said in announcing the launch of the group. Levy, a Greenwich resident who has also hosted fundraisers for Stefanowski since the primary, is a Republican National Committeewoman.

The announcement directs women to a page — decorated in pink — on Stefanowski’s website where they can sign up to be a part of the coalition. Stefanowski’s campaign finance chair Leora Levy, his wife Amy Stefanowski, are also leaders of the group.

“Bob is a natural leader who has been driving positive change at every opportunity in his career,” Amy Stefanowski said in a written statement. “I firmly believe that his plans to turn this economy around will empower women to succeed in every field here in Connecticut.”

In a recent poll conducted by Sacred Heart University and Hearst Connecticut Media Group, only 28 percent of women said they support Stefanowski’s campaign for governor. The poll was conducted prior to last week when Democrat Ned Lamont and a group of women leaders criticized Stefanowski for declining to weigh in on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct.

Stefanowski later clarified he believes all allegations of sexual misconduct should be taken seriously and he supports an FBI investigation into the reported incidents. But, he added, “I am running for Governor of Connecticut and not for United States Senate.”

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