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Darien Democratic Challenger Klein Calls On Rep. Wood To Denounce Trump

State representative candidate Randy Klein
State representative candidate Randy Klein Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. — Randy Klein, the Democratic candidate for state representative in the 141st House District, challenged his opponent to join him in denouncing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign for president in advance of Trump’s rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Saturday.

“Earlier this summer, I was proud to stand with my friends and neighbors here in Darien against Donald Trump’s dangerous, hateful and bigoted campaign. Now that he is right in our backyard it is time for all of us, including my opponent Terrie Wood, to do the same," Klein said. "Remarkably, Ms. Wood has remained silent while her party’s nominee for president’s reckless rhetoric has divided our country, denigrated our troops and endangered many of our citizens at home and abroad.”

In June, Klein and other members of the Darien community denounced Trump’s conduct as a candidate for president.

“I said it then and I will say it again: hatred and bigotry are not Darien or Rowayton values. Former Congressman Christopher Shays understands this, which is why he recently announced his intention to vote for Secretary [Hillary] Clinton in November," Klein said. "This is no longer an election about party affiliation, but about keeping a dangerous demagogue out of the most powerful office in our country, and the world.”

This week, Shays joined this growing number of Republican leaders in announcing their intentions to vote for Clinton, the Democratic nominee.

“Donald Trump has run a campaign that uses fear and hateful rhetoric to scare the American people into believing that they are in a state of perpetual danger,” Klein said. “Trump’s tactics are an unabashed attempt to divide the American people along racial, ethnic and cultural lines. I believe that we should use Trump’s divisive messaging as a call to action and unite in a concerted effort to guarantee that he is not our next president.”

“His attacks on women and veterans, calls to ban all Muslims, maligning of Mexican immigrants, and his most recent remarks that insinuated second-amendment gun enthusiasts could potentially commit an act of violence against Sec. Clinton, are emblematic of why he is unfit for the presidency,” Klein stated. “As I’ve knocked on countless doors in the district, I have spoken with many Republicans who simply cannot fathom a Trump presidency. This election is not about party affiliation, but about keeping a dangerous demagogue out of the most powerful office in our country.”

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