by Jennifer Swift
Dec 9, 2013
10:50 AM
Connecticut Politics

Modern Day Whig Party Forming in Connecticut

Modern Day Whig Party Forming in Connecticut

Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register

If Chris German has his way, there will be three parties with a history of national success nominating candidates for governor next year. 

It's just that the national success of the party German is hoping to organize came in the 19th century. 

German, the founder and CEO of the non-profit Connecticut Community Boating organization, is one of several Connecticut residents looking to revive the Whig Party, which had three members serve as President of the United States in the 1800s but dissolved in 1860. 

German is hoping to lead the formation of a Modern Day Whig Party that, while not exactly picking up right where Millard Fillmore and Co. left off, shares many of the ideals of the original Whigs, such as improving transportation infrastructure and education. 

The organization hasn't filed paperwork with the Secretary of the State's office to become an official party eligible to nominate candidates for office, but the group is meeting tonight at Esca Wine Bar in downtown Middletown to map out plans. 

The organization is hoping to draw people who are unhappy with both major parties. Scott MacLean, the 2006 Republican nominee against U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1, is expected to attend tonight's meeting. 

German said he's not sure how active the Whigs will be in next year's elections, but he hopes to run a candidate for governor. 

"We want to see a full-fledged party," he said. "We've got a lot of growth opportunity here." 

 

Modern Day Whig Party Forming in Connecticut

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