Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says a lawsuit filed by the Connecticut Republican Party challenging the order of candidates on November's election ballot is a "regrettable distraction" and a "waste of valuable resources and taxpayer money."
Merrill made the remarks on Monday, on the eve of a statewide primary. She said a hearing on the lawsuit is planned for Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court.
Republicans say their candidates, not Democrats, should be on the top line of the statewide ballot in November even though a Democrat won the 2010 governor's race. That's because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ultimately won with votes he garnered as a Working Families Party candidate.
Merrill's office said Working Families did not have minor party status in 2010, so the line goes to Malloy's party.
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