The Day – Stefanowski announces GOP bid for governor, seeking rematch

Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski seeks revenge against a former political rival, Democratic Governor Ned Lamont.

The 2018 GOP gubernatorial candidate, who narrowly lost to Lamont in a three-way race that year, announced early Wednesday that he hopes to be the party’s nominee again. Lamont announced in November that he had filed the necessary paperwork for a second term.

“I run because I fundamentally believe that by working together, we can change Connecticut,” Stefanowski said in a written statement. “I’m running for governor to make government work for the people of Connecticut, not political insiders.”

Stefanowski, who also said he made an “initial investment of $10 million” in his campaign, focused much of his statement on affordability and state security.

“The people of Connecticut aren’t asking for much,” he said in the statement. “They want to be safe, have confidence that the state government is open and accountable, and be able to afford to live, work and retire here.”

Stefanowski has maintained a public profile since losing to Lamont in his first bid for public office. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Stefanowski and his wife Amy, chairwoman of the Republican City Committee in their hometown of Madison, launched a face mask distribution operation when PPE was hard to come by.

More recently, Stefanowski posted photos of himself on Twitter – still using the handle

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