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+ DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE GUY SMITH REITERATES HIS NATIONAL PLAN FOR SENSIBLE GUN REFORM AS PRO GUN RALLY PLANNED FOR HARTFORD

Statement from Gubernatorial Candidate Guy Smith

New Haven, CT – April 13, 2018 —Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith www.guysmith4ct.com reiterates his national plan for sensible gun reform as the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) exercises its right to keep and bear arms at a rally at the State Capitol tomorrow morning.

“While I respect the First Amendment privileges of these individuals to peacefully protest the right to keep and bear arms, it is important to continue the fight for common sense gun reform on the legislative front as the NRA works to thwart such efforts, now more than ever,” said Guy Smith. “I experienced this firsthand three weeks ago during my Judiciary Committee testimony on proposed gun regulations when pro-NRA state legislators effectively filibustered the public participation process. But we prevailed and offered The Smith gun reform plan for amendment consideration – a third-way solution that requires no legislation to halt semiautomatic assault rifle sales nationally.”

The Smith gun reform plan calls for Connecticut to formerly demand major credit card companies such as Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express, and major banks that process credit card transactions, including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – to immediately stop all processing of financial transactions for semiautomatic assault rifles. Already we are seeing traction in the adoption of this concept of taking the money out of the business of semiautomatic assault rifles. Citibank recently announced a new policy limiting their business dealings with the gun industry and earlier this week Bank of America was the first to announce an end to all lending to business clients that manufacture military-style weapons for civilian use.

“While Connecticut can be proud of its leadership role in passing some of the strictest gun regulations in our nation, until we have laws at the Federal level, a national solution won’t be possible. Guns and shooters move across state lines and a piecemeal state-by-state regulatory system leaves us all vulnerable to the rules in the most lax state,” said Smith.

While testifying at the public hearing, Smith’s proposed amendments to these bills (The Smith gun reform plan) were called “fascistic” by NRA-controlled Republican State Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin. The Smith gun reform plan only requires the will of the CEO’s and Boards of these publicly traded companies to amend their terms of service to halt the sale of semiautomatic assault rifles. Smith said at the hearing that the sale of these weapons designed for the theater of war are not in line with the corporate social responsibility commitments and values these credit card companies, banks and financial institutions claim they stand for.

About Guy Smith: Democrat Guy Smith, a resident of Greenwich, is running for Governor with a plan to BUILD – GROW – PROTECT Connecticut. The Smith plan will BUILD the infrastructure for Connecticut’s future - GROW our way to financial prosperity - and PROTECT our people from the unconscionable Trump-Republican agenda. Visit www.guysmith4CT.com to learn about Guy’s vision and plans to build a better Connecticut for us all and stay connected by following @guysmith4ct on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Mailing address: Guy Smith for CT P.O. Box 9325 New Haven, CT 06533

Guy Smith for CT c/o Vincent Kiernan Kiernan Herner LLP 105 Danbury Rd. Suite 203 Ridgefield, CT 06877

Paid for by Guy Smith for CT. Vincent Kiernan, Treasurer. Approved by Guy Smith

+ GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE GUY SMITH TO BYPASS DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION CALLING IT RIGGED PROCESS

Smith vows to take his message to the Democratic voters looking for a Governor who can deliver economic growth, protect workers, and keep CT blue in 2018

New Haven, CT – April 11, 2018 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith www.guysmith4ct.com announced today that he will skip the party’s convention next month and petition his way onto the August primary ballot by collecting signatures from two percent of registered Democrats statewide – approximately 15,500 voters.

“The current convention process is a rigged system where an outsider candidate with fresh ideas and plans to expand this state’s economy is supressed,” said Guy Smith. “Voters want change – not the old Hartford guard. I am not a career politician and I am not a career candidate. I am the only candidate proposing third-way solutions and creative ideas to build a better Connecticut and I am taking this plan directly to those who want change in our government. We are going straight to the people - to unions, African Americans, Latinos, gun safety advocates, women, the LGBT community and any and all Progressive Democrats looking for a Governor who counts the voice of the people as the most important.”

Smith said he respects the many qualified Democratic delegates and that he is choosing to take his message directly to the Democratic voters who are looking for solutions and “not back room politics as usual.” Since launching his campaign in early January, Smith has traveled the state listening and speaking with thousands of people who repeatedly support his progressive message and his promise to fix the economy while protecting working people.

“The party system is built for career politicians and those candidates willing to spend most of their campaign pandering to party elites and not the other 99.9% of all Democratic voters in Connecticut,” said Smith campaign manager, Beth Davies. “Guy’s campaign is different and better. We are connecting with the dedicated folks serving in Democratic Town Committees across this state and we are taking our message straight to the voters who want a Governor with the progressive Democratic values of fairness, equality and someone who will stand up for the most vulnerable in our society.

“We have seen the danger when the old guard of both parties does not embrace the call for change. Come November we must keep Connecticut blue and Guy Smith is the only progressive Democratic candidate with the bold ideas and the political independence that voters in this state are demanding,” said Davies.

Democratic candidates rely on state party officials to supply them with Democratic Town Committee membership information to help their campaigns engage with voters living in the 169 towns across Connecticut leading up to the convention. With the convention just over a month away, the party has supplied campaigns with less than 25% of this information; severely hampering outsider candidates’ ability to effectively reach voters and participate in the convention process. Furthermore, the party is failing to create organizing committees for various aspects of the convention and the primary process that are reflective of the Democrats of the state of Connecticut.

“I am committed to the Democratic values of representing everyone in our party and we look to the state party to lead in the fundamental ideals of fairness and inclusivity,” said Smith. “For example, I find it unacceptable that the rules committee that governs the entire convention process has so few people of color among its members. It is made up solely of representatives from campaigns of career politicians and candidates. The old guard process is failing the Democratic voters of this state and ignoring segments of the population who deserve to be counted.”

Smith has spent his career achieving results for people that were deemed unachievable. He did it by bringing people together – as a business executive in a global corporation, as a leader of a lifesaving humanitarian organization and as someone who served in the highest levels of government. The key to his success is his ability to listen to opposing perspectives and his dedication to knowing there is always a third-way to solving even the most intractable problem – something no party has contemplated or considered.

About Guy Smith: Democrat Guy Smith, a resident of Greenwich, is running for Governor with a plan to BUILD – GROW – PROTECT Connecticut. The Smith plan will BUILD the infrastructure for Connecticut’s future - GROW our way to financial prosperity - and PROTECT our people from the unconscionable Trump-Republican agenda. Visit www.guysmith4CT.com to learn about Guy’s vision and plans to build a better Connecticut for us all and stay connected by following @guysmith4ct on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Mailing address: Guy Smith for CT P.O. Box 9325 New Haven, CT 06533

Guy Smith for CT c/o Vincent Kiernan Kiernan Herner LLP 105 Danbury Rd. Suite 203 Ridgefield, CT 06877

Paid for by Guy Smith for CT. Vincent Kiernan, Treasurer. Approved by Guy Smith.

+ GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE GUY SMITH CALLS ON CREDIT CARD COMPANIES AND MAJOR BANKS TO HALT ALL TRANSACTIONS FOR SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLES

The Smith Plan Leverages Connecticut’s National Leadership Role to Deliver Immediate Solutions to the Issue of Semiautomatic Assault Rifles

New Haven, CT – March 23, 2018 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith www.guysmith4ct.com announced today a national solution to halt the sale of semiautomatic assault rifles in the AR-15 style of weapon with a market-based strategy using Connecticut’s established national leadership in semiautomatic assault rifle bans. The Smith plan calls for Connecticut to formerly demand major credit card companies such as Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express, and major banks that process credit card transactions, including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – to immediately stop all processing of financial transactions for semiautomatic assault rifles.

The Smith plan requires no legislative action, just the will of the CEO’s and Boards of these publicly traded companies to amend their terms of service. The sale of these weapons designed for the theater of war are not in line with the corporate social responsibility commitments and values these credit card companies, banks and financial institutions claim they stand for. The precedent exists for these institutions to prevent credit card transactions of specific products that are otherwise legal. ‪ “Semiautomatic assault rifles like the AR-15 were never intended for civilian use and we see with painful consequences in our schools, at concerts and in our neighborhoods the true intent behind these weapons – mass human casualty,” said Guy Smith. “We are all proud of Connecticut’s national leadership position in passing sensible gun regulations in our state – but the truth is guns don’t obey state lines and our people will only be safe when we put into place a national solution on this issue.”

The Smith Plan proposes that the Constitutional officers of Connecticut and the leadership of the legislature lead in a collaborative movement with like-minded states to leverage their shared financial power to impact change. The proposal calls for shareholder activism to put pressure on credit card companies and major financial institutions to stop the sale of semiautomatic assault rifles by simply changing their terms of service. We have seen the power of shareholder activism and consumer pressure successfully drive change in South Africa and the eventual toppling of Apartheid.

“Despite valiant efforts by some federal legislators including our Congressional delegation led by Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal, whose work continues with all of our fervent support, the NRA’s choke-hold on too many of our federal legislators continues to defy the will of the people and the pleas of our children.” said Smith. “Working together with businesses, community leaders and student and youth activists, we can achieve the change that theoverwhelming majority of our fellow Americans want on the issue of semiautomatic assault rifle bans. In a Smith administration this is how we will move Connecticut forward – with third-way solutions that rise above the divisiveness and paralysis of government to build a better Connecticut for us all.”

Smith will give testimony on this plan as an amendment proposed to the Connecticut House Bill No. 5540 and No. 5542 before the Judiciary Committee - bills banning “bump stocks’’, a device used to accelerate a gun’s shooting rate (used during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last October 1, 2017) and “ghost guns.’’ A ghost gun is an untraceable semiautomatic rifle sold over the Internet that has no serial number and exists beyond law enforcement’s knowledge and control.

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown six years ago, Connecticut has led the nation in reducing gun violence by enacting some of the strictest gun control laws, expanded assault rifle bans and stricter background checks. The Smith plan continues in the tradition of Connecticut’s national leadership position in advancing the issue of sensible gun regulation and reducing gun violence in our communities.

About Guy Smith: Democrat Guy Smith, a resident of Greenwich, is running for Governor with a plan to BUILD – GROW – PROTECT Connecticut. The Smith plan will BUILD the infrastructure for Connecticut’s future - GROW our way to financial prosperity - and PROTECT our people from the unconscionable Trump-Republican agenda. Visit www.guysmith4CT.com to learn about Guy’s vision and plans to build a better Connecticut for us all and stay connected by following @guysmith4ct on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

+ ‪TESTIMONY BY GUY SMITH, A CITIZEN OF CONNECTICUT, IN SUPPORT OF ‪H.B. 5540, AN ACT CONCERING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS H.B. 5542, AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM

‪Good morning, Representative Tong, Senator Doyle, Senator Kissel and members of the Judiciary Committee. ‪ ‪My name is Guy Smith. I am here today as a concerned citizen of the State of Connecticut to lend my overwhelming support for H. B. 5540, An Act Concerning Ghost Guns and the Permit Application Process and H.B.5542, An Act Concerning Bump Stocks And Other Means Of Enhancing The Rate Of Fire Of A Firearm, before the Judiciary Committee today. Amid tragic incidents that occurred right here in our state, Connecticut has emerged as a strong leader by implementing common sense gun control. ‪ ‪Despite Connecticut’s leadership, we need to change the gun laws in this country to make our citizens safer by keeping weapons out of the hands of those that should never have access to them and put common sense into the conversation about gun regulation. ‪ ‪From Hartford to Washington not everyone in the legislatures are listening to the will of the people. Across party lines, race, and income brackets – the overwhelming demand – actually, it is a plea at this stage – from the vast majority of people is for tougher gun regulations – right now. ‪ ‪While your hard work in this Assembly has given Connecticut some of the strictest gun regulations in our nation – and these two bills will increase those protections for our people – until we have laws at the federal level, a national solution won’t be possible. Guns and shooters move across state lines and a piecemeal state-by-state regulatory system leaves us all vulnerable to the rules in the most lax states. ‪ ‪I applaud the efforts outlined in these bills and am respectfully requesting that the Judiciary Committee consider adding to either of the bills a provision to direct the Governor and other Constitutional officers of Connecticut and the leadership of the Legislature to demand of all major credit card companies – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, and major financial institutions that process credit card transactions, including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – to stop all processing of financial transactions for semiautomatic assault rifles. This solution requires no legislative action, rather just the will of the CEO’s and Boards of these publicly traded companies to amend their terms of service. The precedent for financial institutions curtailing financial transactions of specific products that are otherwise legal already exists.

‪These weapons are designed for the theater of war – to inflict maximum human casualty in the quickest time possible. Furthermore, the sale of these products is not in line with the corporate social responsibility commitments and values that these credit card companies, banks and financial institutions claim they stand for. We have seen the power of shareholder activism and consumer pressure successfully drive change in South Africa and the eventual toppling of Apartheid.
‪ ‪I also respectfully request a further amendment to direct the Governor and other Constitutional officers of Connecticut and the leadership of the legislator to lead in a collaborative movement with like-minded states to leverage their shared financial power to bring about shareholder and consumer pressure on these publicly traded corporations who have it in their power to stop processing the sale of these weapons. By working together, states can lead shareholder activism to put pressure on these financial institutions to stop the sale of this classification of weapon. Initial indications are that California, Oregon and New York are potential allies in pursuing this multi-state effort to delivering a national solution for sensible gun regulations. ‪ ‪Despite valiant efforts by some federal legislators including our Congressional delegation led by Senator Chris Murphy Senator Richard Blumenthal – whose work continues with all of our fervent support, the NRA’s choke-hold on too many of our federal legislators continues to defy the will of the people and the pleas of our children. The federal government is not fixing this – we cannot, and I will not, stand by hand-wringing, hoping some miracle breaks through the divisive culture that is stopping us from making sensible gun regulations the law of the land. This is beyond party – this is what is right. We need to protect our children in the place they have the unconditional right to feel safest – their schools. ‪ ‪I am proposing these ideas to preserve our values, build a better state for the next generation and to protect our people. I believe nothing is impossible to achieve and that we can always find a third way.

Thank you.

+ DEMOCRAT GUY SMITH VOWS TO RE-NOMINATE EMINENTLY QUALIFIED JUSTICE ANDREW MCDONALD TO STATE CHIEF JUSTICE AS GOVERNOR

Smith admonishes Connecticut Trump-Republicans who are politicizing the judicial nomination process of the first openly gay Chief Justice to our state’s highest court

New Haven, CT – March 11, 2018 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith www.GuySmith4ct.com pledged one of his first acts as newly elected governor of Connecticut will be to re-nominate Justice Andrew McDonald for State Chief Justice of our Supreme Court if the General Assembly does not confirm his nomination.

“There is no place in our democracy for the partisan politics of bigotry and hate these Trump-Republican lawmakers are exercising to block the confirmation of Andrew McDonald as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court,” said Guy Smith. “Justice McDonald is one the most experienced and qualified jurists to be considered for this position. We will not allow Trump-Republicans to Merrick Garland our Supreme Court like they did in Washington.”

In reaction to what should be a completely uncontentious judicial nomination, Smith released a statement two weeks ago supporting the nomination of Associate Justice McDonald to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and signaled that CT Trump-Republican lawmakers are opposing the nomination because McDonald is gay.

McDonald joined the state Supreme Court five years ago with an overwhelming confirmation from the General Assembly. Prior to serving on the Connecticut Supreme Court, Justice McDonald was a practicing attorney for 20 years and became a partner at Pullman & Comley, one of Connecticut’s leading firms. He served for eight years as a state senator and was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for all eight years, and for six years as deputy majority leader. Before his elevation to the bench, he served as general counsel to the governor.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated McDonald last November to lead the Supreme Court when Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers announced she would retire in February. On February 27 McDonald’s nomination as chief justice concluded with a 20-20 tie vote – largely along party lines – on a motion to support confirmation. The vote allowed the nomination to move on to the full legislature but with an unfavorable recommendation.

Democrat Guy Smith, a resident of Greenwich, is running for Governor with a plan to BUILD – GROW – PROTECT Connecticut. The Smith plan will GROW our way to financial prosperity - BUILD the infrastructure for Connecticut’s future and PROTECT our people from the unconscionable Trump-Republican agenda. Taking a stand on Justice McDonald and the Connecticut Trump-Republican’s agenda of bigotry and exclusion is an example of the policies and actions Smith will take to protect our Connecticut values.

McDonald is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. McDonald is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and has been married to his long-time partner Charles Gray since 2009.

+ GUY SMITH BLASTS COMMISSIONS ECONOMIC REPORT

New Haven, CT – March 1, 2018 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith pushed back tonight on The Commission on Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Growth report. Guy Smith statement: “Why is it that CEO’s can only cut taxes for the wealthy and then do it on the backs of working people? Wrapping myriad tax increases around a small percentage drop in the income tax masks the true impact. Sales tax increases and tax exemptions eliminated are tax increases. Tolls are tax increases. The wealthy just got tax breaks. We do not need more taxes. And we do not need to target working people. This is what makes people groan when they see one more ‘solution’ that benefits rich people and hurts working people. We must do better.” About Guy Smith: On January 9, 2018, Guy Smith announced his candidacy to run for Governor of Connecticut with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote, and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive. Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut. For more information visit: www.GuySmith4ct.com. Connect with Guy Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Guysmith4CT/, Instagram: @guysmith4ct, and Twitter: @guysmith4ct.
Mailing address:

Guy Smith for CT P.O. Box 9325 New Haven, CT 06533

Guy Smith for CT c/o Vincent Kiernan Kiernan Herner LLP 105 Danbury Rd. Suite 203 Ridgefield, CT 06877

Paid for by Guy Smith for CT. Vincent Kiernan, Treasurer. Approved by Guy Smith.

+ SMITH SUPPORTS JUSTICE MCDONALD’S NOMINATION FOR CHIEF JUSTICE

New Haven, CT - February 26, 2018 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith announces today his support for the nomination of Associate Justice Andrew J. McDonald to be Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and calls out the opposition by Trump Republicans as anti LGBT. Justice McDonald has served on the Supreme Court for over five years after a lifetime of public service including eight years as a Connecticut State Senator. “Justice Andrew McDonald is a brilliant and fair-minded jurist who would be an asset to lead the Connecticut Supreme Court and a trailblazer as the first openly gay chief justice of a state Supreme Court in the U.S,” said gubernatorial candidate Guy Smith. “The GOP opposition smacks of bigotry and the rejection of equality and inclusiveness we sadly see today from the Trump Republican party.” McDonald joined the state Supreme Court five years ago with an overwhelming confirmation from the General Assembly with votes of 30-3 in the Senate and 125-20 in the House with all 23 opposition votes from the Republican Party. Prior to serving on the Connecticut Supreme Court McDonald was a State Senator from Stamford where he chaired the Judicial Committee. “This is a clear case of an eminently qualified candidate who has shown a lifetime of commitment to the people of Connecticut,” said Smith. “The GOP’s politicization in the judicial nomination process is detrimental to the health of our democracy and just plain wrong.” The Ad Hoc Committee of Concerned Lawyers, a group including the deans of Yale and University of Connecticut law schools, the state’s major law firms and leading legal voices, cautions “a dangerous trend ... increasingly partisan in tone and increasingly focused on political concerns.” The group notes this is an issue of national significance and threatens the concept of an independent judiciary and the critical role this plays in a functioning and healthy democracy. McDonald is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Before his long career in public service, McDonald was a litigation partner at Pullman & Comley, where he chaired the firm’s appellate practice. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, McDonald married his long-time partner Charles Gray in 2009. About Guy Smith: On January 9, 2018, Guy Smith announced his candidacy to run for Governor of Connecticut with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote, and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive. Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut. For more information visit: www.GuySmith4ct.com. Connect with Guy Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Guysmith4CT/, Instagram: @guysmith4ct, and Twitter: @guysmith4ct.

+ GUY SMITH CALLS ON CT TRUMP-REPUBLICANS TO STAND WITH FAMILIES

New Haven, Conn.– February 13, 2018 – Democratic candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut, Guy Smith www.GuySmith4CT.com today is calling on all Trump-Republican officeholders in the state to renounce President Trump’s proposal to eliminate a federal program that each year helps nearly 110,000 low-income families in Connecticut pay their winter heating bills. “Cuts like these are unconscionable,” said Smith. “It is clear that if President Trump puts an end to the low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) it will severely hurt the people of Connecticut. Those Trump-Republican office holders who don’t renounce these cruel proposed cuts will be held responsible and in my eyes are complicit in causing harm to the people of Connecticut,” said Smith.

Last year Connecticut received nearly $79 million through LIHEAP to help offset winter heating costs for households whose incomes fall at or below 60 percent of the state median income.

According to Hartford-based Operation Fuel even with LIHEAP many Connecticut families struggle to pay their heating and electric bills each winter. The non-profit issued a report in December that said Connecticut’s “Home Energy Affordability Gap” totaled $450 million in 2017 for some 320,000 low-income families in Connecticut, or an average of $1,404 per household.

President Trump’s proposed cuts comes on the heels of Eversource, the publicly traded utility company that delivers electricity, natural gas and water to customers in Connecticut, announcing last month that it plans to increase its energy rates for state residents. The new tax reform bill that was signed into law in December lowered the utility’s corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

“When I launched my candidacy, I said there is no reason for a utility like Eversource to put profits over the people of Connecticut and I expect Eversource to pass along their savings to the people of this state to the tune of a 14 percent rate cut, not another rate increase,” said Smith. “Connecticut has the third highest energy costs of all states; higher than in New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island, so I expect Eversource to reduce our rates here like they just claimed they are doing for our neighbors in Massachusetts.”

On January 9, 2018, Smith announced his candidacy to run for Governor of Connecticut with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote, and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive. Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut.

For more information, visit: www.GuySmith4ct.com or connect with Guy Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Guysmith4CT/, Instagram: @guysmith4ct, and Twitter: @guysmith4ct.

+ SMITH BLASTS EVERSOURCE FOR SEEKING ANOTHER RATE HIKE ON BACKS OF CT RESIDENTS

New Haven, Conn.– January 26, 2018 – Democratic candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut, Guy Smith www.GuySmith4CT.com today is calling on Eversource to immediately give every Connecticut business and resident a 14 percent rate cut in light of the utility company’s announcement http://bit.ly/2BrYi1e this week to raise electricity rates yet again in the state.

“The Trump-Republicans just gave Eversource a 14 percent tax cut and I expect the utility company to pass along this significant savings to the customers of Connecticut,” Smith said. “Connecticut has the third highest energy costs of all states: more than New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. There is no reason for a utility to put profit over the people of Connecticut. This is a problem and I expect it to be addressed by this publicly traded, Fortune 500 energy corporation that is not even headquartered in our state.

“We are all watching for Eversource’s action,” Smith said.

The new tax reform bill that was signed into law last month will lower the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, yet Eversource is proposing another rate increase after increasing electric bills at the beginning of the year. According to NBC News http://bit.ly/2rDzEes as of January 1, 2018, Eversource's residential generation rate went up from 8.01 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 9.08 cents/kWh.

“Eversource has gone on record pledging to pass along almost $56 million in savings from the new Trump-Republican tax bill to its 1.4 million customers in Massachusetts. Where’s the savings for the people of Connecticut?” Smith said.

Eversource (NYSE: ES) delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately 4 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

On January 9, 2018, Smith announced his candidacy to run for Governor of Connecticut with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote, and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive. Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut.

For more information, visit: www.GuySmith4ct.com or connect with Guy Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Guysmith4CT/, Instagram: @guysmith4ct, and Twitter: @guysmith4ct.

+ SMITH CONDEMNS TRUMP 'SHITHOLE' COUNTRIES COMMENTS "WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS"

Greenwich, Conn.– January 12, 2018 – Democratic candidate for Governor of the State of Connecticut, Guy Smith www.GuySmith4CT.com strongly condemned President Trump’s reported comments made yesterday during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on immigration criticizing immigrants coming to the U.S. from what he called “shithole countries.”

Smith tweeted following the news of the remark: “No place in U.S. for @realDonalTrump Haitian hate & divisiveness. I was in Haiti day after quake taking meds and aid. Trump degrades American values for all. As Candidate for CT Governor I will fight to protect all from this uncivilized behavior. America is better than this!!”

While working as a senior executive at Diageo in Norwalk, CT, Smith led one of the first goodwill medical relief airlift missions to Haiti after an earthquake registering a magnitude of 7.0 struck and killed more than 300,000 people on the West Indian island of Hispaniola. Smith worked with doctors on the ground and distributed medicines and other relief supplies for nearly a week to support what was left of Port Au Prince Hospital.

"Haiti is a place beset with problems, made so much worse by the devastating earthquake that hit on January 12, 2010,” Smith said. “But the Haitian people are loving, caring and strong and their country is decidedly not as President Trump so hatefully describes. As Governor of Connecticut I will work to protect Haitian immigrants in our state from this intolerable form of governance Americans and Haitians are having cast upon them by our current President.”

On January 9, 2018, Smith announced his candidacy to run for Governor of Connecticut with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive. Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut.

Smith offers relevant and important experience for the job that no other candidate in the race possesses. He has worked at the highest level in the Federal government and for a Federal poverty agency (Appalachian Regional Commission) commissioned to assist people in need. Smith directed one of the world’s leading disaster and medical relief nonprofit organizations—Connecticut-based AmeriCares. He also worked as a senior officer at two global corporations—the most recent, Diageo, which is headquartered in Norwalk, for 17 years. Smith was also Special Advisor to the President during the Clinton Administration, and served as Special Advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

For more information, visit: www.GuySmith4ct.com or connect with Guy Smith on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Guysmith4CT/, Instagram: @guysmith4ct, and Twitter: @guysmith4ct.

+ DEMOCRAT GUY SMITH ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT BUILD - GROW - PROTECT

New Haven, Conn.– January 9, 2018 – Democrat Guy Smith, a Greenwich resident (www.GuySmith4CT.com), announced that he is running for Governor of Connecticut today at the Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Childhood School.

Smith is running for Governor with the promise to promote Connecticut—promote and create jobs, promote and expand the state’s economy, and make sure all citizens throughout the state can live, work, and thrive.

Smith is also running to protect its citizens from policies and programs imposed by the Trump-Republicans that are designed to hurt people, especially the people of Connecticut.

“We are blessed to be living and working in Connecticut and there are wonderful opportunities in our state, but I’m worried about our future,” Smith said. “Far too many people no longer see opportunity here, and Hartford is failing us wherever we turn.

“Frankly, the governing class in Connecticut has let our people down,” he said. “I am not part of the governing class. I am running for Governor to get Connecticut’s economy moving again, to create jobs, and to make Connecticut work for everyone. My campaign is about growth and job creation, protecting the interests of Connecticut’s families and declaring that Connecticut is back in business. I’m asking every citizen today to join the cause and together we will be successful.”

Smith said: “Unions are not the enemy. Teachers are not the enemy. State workers are not the enemy. Much to the contrary - together we can solve every issue facing us. And a Smith Administration will make its mark bringing people together and bringing our state together.”

Smith said he will continue to work on prison reform, especially fine-tuning prison education to help those emerging back into society to find jobs. Smith also noted the need for additional vocational technical schools in the urban communities of Connecticut.

“We are not going to raise taxes. We have enough taxes,” Smith said, calling for better and more modern business, finance, and management techniques in state government.

Smith said: “Additionally, we are going to flip Connecticut from a ‘giver’ state to a ‘taker’ state,” observing that for every $1 of Federal taxes sent to Washington only 80 cents comes back, where states like Alabama or Tennessee see a return of $1.20 to $1.30 on each dollar they send to Washington. “We are going to change that,” he said. “Why should Alabama get more than we do?”

“We’re not going to have a state government that works to harm people,” he said. “What we’re seeing right now from the Trump-Republicans, from the Trump-Congress, with the Trump tax scam, are all actions designed to hurt many people and to hurt people in the State of Connecticut. I’m calling on every Connecticut Republican office holder to renounce this Trump-Republican hurtful governance. And if they will not renounce the Trump-Republicans then they are complicit in causing this harm. I will be looking for this every day.”

Smith offers relevant and important experience for the job that no other candidate in the race possesses. He has worked at the highest level in the Federal government and for a Federal poverty agency (Appalachian Regional Commission) commissioned to assist people in need. Smith directed one of the world’s leading disaster and medical relief nonprofit organizations—Connecticut-based AmeriCares. He also worked as a senior officer at two global corporations—the most recent, Diageo, which is headquartered in Norwalk, for 17 years. Smith was also Special Advisor to the President during the Clinton Administration, and served as Special Advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

“I have a track record of successfully bringing people together and solving very difficult and complex problems,” Smith said. “I know how to work with people to solve the problems facing our state today.” Smith is the author of the book, If It’s Not Impossible, It’s Not Interesting.

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