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Sampson’s winning strategy was to run as a Republican

One Republican who survived the recent electoral wipeout of the state GOP was Rob Sampson, the chairman of the conservative caucus in the General Assembly, not exactly someone you’d have expected to weather a perfect blue storm.

Sampson won big. He won by about 5,650 votes, or 13 percent of votes cast, and he moved up from House District 80 (Southington, Wolcott), a seat he has held since 2012, to Senate District 16, adding Prospect and parts of Cheshire and Waterbury to his constituency.

In contrast, the GOP lost every statewide contest, all six federal contests and 115, or 61 percent, of 187 legislative contests, including a House seat held for more than a century and a Senate seat held since 1932.

Bergstein ignores inconvenient truths

“There is a solution.” So proclaims Democrat Alex Bergstein in a recent op-ed in this paper and in her glossy campaign literature.

State Senate candidate Bergstein’s Eureka-like announcement concerns the state’s severely underfunded public employee pension funds, a problem which many people view as almost intractable.

“The solution” is a “shared risk model,” which Bergstein says the Province of New Brunswick in Canada “moved to” in 2012 and “reduced its liabilities by 30 percent.”

“There are no easy undiscovered instant solutions to the pension problem,” responds five-term Senate incumbent, Republican Scott Frantz. “Besides, the problem is cost, not risk. The state already has unaffordable pension costs. There’s no risk about it.”

Malloy’s been swinging for the fences on taxes

Hank Aaron is baseball’s career home run leader with 755 — excluding one player from the performance drug era — despite the fact that, in his best season, he tallied only 47, placing him 77th on the single-season record list.

Outgoing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is Connecticut’s Hank Aaron of tax hikes, the undisputed career leader, and he has a much better single-season record than Aaron. Malloy’s $2.9 billion in career tax hikes place him way ahead of Lowell Weicker, whose $2 billion increase in 1991 earned him both second place on the career list and the top position for single-season performance.

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