You know, when Kate was pregnant with our oldest son, Jackson, ten years ago, she was denied protections at work and we nearly suffered financial catastrophe. Liz’s bill to help prevent abuses like that would have saved us so much heartache.
Before winning her seat in the state house, Liz was an extraordinary member of the Cheshire Town Council. Even as a Democrat on a council controlled by Republicans, Liz worked with her colleagues to create all-day kindergarten, at a minimal cost to taxpayers. When people told her that she couldn’t make a difference, she showed them she could.
She draws upon every success and failure, each hope and fear, every moment of trauma and elation in making decisions about how to help others. That’s humanity. That’s compassion. That’s believing in the future. That’s servant leadership, and it’s what defines Liz Linehan’s character.
I know it’s unconventional to announce a running mate so early, but I’m tired of convention and of hearing “that’s how we’ve always done it.” Well, the way we’ve always done it doesn’t work.
What we’ve done for years is subsidize the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of developing our workforce. We’ve turned over public school funds to for-profit charter school companies while our schools struggle under a regressive funding structure. We’ve built an economy around this forty-year-long age of austerity for us and largesse for the wealthy. And none of it worked. To fix our economy will take more than a change in policy: it’ll take a change in mindset.
Together, Liz and I will unabashedly fight for the prosperity of working people. We will work for a future that gives Connecticut’s families a real chance to succeed -- the way my administration has in Middletown, and the way Liz has in Cheshire.
I admire Liz’s intelligence, her character, and her commitment to the people she serves. I am proud to have her as my partner in changing Connecticut."