Election 2020 Endorsements–Sept. 8-14: Haskell Gets CT Realtors & Conservation Voters Nods, Plus NRA “F”

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Haskell Earns Precedent-Breaking Endorsement of CT Realtors and Nod from CT League of Conservation Voters–Plus an NRA “F” Grade

The Connecticut Association of Realtors has endorsed Democrat Will Haskell for re-election, the first Democrat to earn the endorsement in the 26th state Senate district in more than a decade.

“Connecticut’s realtors have their fingers on the pulse of our state economy–when markets are looking strong, they’re often the first ones to see it. That’s why I’m so proud to have earned their endorsement after two years of fighting for pro-growth legislation in Hartford,” said Haskell.

“The agents in our area know that attracting the next generation of homeowners means investing in faster trains and safer roads, preserving our top-tier public schools, and addressing student debt head-on—because college loans delay the average graduate’s first home purchase by seven years.”

Connecticut Realtors is Connecticut’s largest professional trade Association. The organization, which consists of 17,000 individual members and 19 local boards/associations, promotes and advocates ownership of real estate in Connecticut.

Prior to 2020, the CT Realtors had endorsed the Republican candidate in consecutive elections dating back to 2010. In the past several months, Connecticut’s real estate market has seen a pronounced jump in interest and activity, driven in part by the state’s intensive COVID-19 containment policies drawing young families from New York City.

CT League of Conservation Voters

Haskell also secured an endorsement this week from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, a clear signal that he has the strongest environmental credentials in the 26th district race. As a member of the Environment Committee, Haskell supported a new state water plan and helped ban fracking waste and offshore drilling from Connecticut.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) is a bipartisan, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut’s environment by making it a priority for the state’s elected leaders. As a legislative watchdog, CTLCV works in concert with Connecticut’s environmental advocacy groups to identify and highlight important bills impacting the state’s air, water, wildlife, open space, and health.

“F” from the NRA

Finally, Haskell also earned an “F” grade from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Affairs. The grade indicates that Haskell opposes the NRA’s legislative agenda of radical firearm deregulation.

“After Sandy Hook, federal background checks and other common-sense gun regulation should have sailed through Congress. Instead, the National Rifle Association and its army of lobbyists spent millions to make sure nothing got done,” said Haskell. “I’ll sleep well knowing that I’m no friend of theirs in Hartford.”