Lt. Gov candidate alleges racial attack by opponent - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Lt. Gov candidate alleges racial attack by opponent

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

State Representative Penny Bacchiochi, a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, alleged that an opponent is telling delegates that she is not good for the party because of her bi-racial marriage.

Bacchiochi said on WTIC-AM radio on Thursday that "I have a black husband, four black stepsons. Can you believe that my own Republicans would try to make an issue of that in this convention? I am shocked by that."

When reached by WFSB, Bacchiochi said was referring to fellow candidate for lieutenant governor David Walker.

Walker denied the allegations telling Eyewitness News that "I would never say anything about a bi-racial marriage." He went on to say "I am shocked and saddened as to why this particular line of attack was chosen, but she has essentially called me a racist. I have run a positive campaign based on my qualifications and the issues."

Bacchiochi also said that Walker, who is the former United States Comptroller General under President Bill Clinton, is telling delegates that she "worked illegally and unethically on medical marijuana."

Walker said on the subject of medical marijuana that "the industry came to her because of legislative position" and that "she used her position to advocate for legislation" in Connecticut and other states.

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