Santos criticizes GOP for lack of campaign support

November 27, 2018 GMT

Manny Santos, the former Meriden mayor and GOP candidate for Connecticut’s 5th District who lost the Nov. 6 election to Democrat Jahana Hayes, has criticized Republican leaders for poor support during the campaign.

“There were some Republican leaders who did a pretty good job, but there were just not enough of them and it was not coordinated well enough,” Santos said Tuesday during a telephone interview.

Santos’ post-election criticism, which he shared with supporters in an email last week, does not name names or point the finger at J.R. Romano, the state GOP chairman.

Instead, Santos said Republican leaders as a whole in Connecticut need to be more coordinated and more organized about having a “defined ground game well in advance,” as Democrats do.


Santos lost by 30,000 votes to Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

From the start of her campaign, Hayes had the support of Democrats because of her aggressive fundraising and her ability organize volunteers to mobilize voters.

Santos said he hoped Republicans would learn their lesson.

“Every organization has inefficiencies or deficiencies, and we wouldn’t be doing party members justice if we didn’t review our procedures and process after every election,” Santos said.

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