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Connecticut House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora Receives Patrick J. Kennedy Advocate of the Year Award

Posted on October 22, 2021


(Alexandria, VA) – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the nation’s leading organization opposing the commercialization of marijuana, is proud to announce that Connecticut House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora is the recipient of the 2021 Patrick J. Kennedy Advocate of the Year Award, given to an advocate at the state-level who best champions the mission of putting public health and safety ahead of the interests of the marijuana industry.

“In the five years we have been working in Connecticut,

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House GOP Leader Candelora Statement on the Arrest of Rep. DiMassa

Posted on October 20, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-86) today released the following statement regarding the arrest of state Rep. Michael DiMassa:

“While I’m hopeful that the disturbing allegations against Representative DiMassa in West Haven are a one-off, this case should be a wakeup call to the governor and the public at large. A staggering amount of federal relief funds has flowed into Connecticut, and the governor has taken advantage of every opportunity to trumpet all the new programs and

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House Republican Leader Candelora Calls on SOTS to Provide Details on Absentee Ballot Application Controversy, Urges Investigation

Posted on October 15, 2021


HARTFORD — House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora on Friday called on Secretary of State Denise Merrill to provide greater detail on communication between her office and political campaigns or consultants that sought guidance on rules associated with distributing unsolicited absentee ballot applications with pre-filled voter data such as names and dates of birth.

“We spent a good portion of the last year listening to legislative Democrats and Secretary Merrill say that in order to keep people

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