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Hartford Mayor Bronin, Former Philadelphia Mayor Nutter endorse Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton is receiving endorsements from Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (AP file photo) Hillary Clinton is receiving endorsements from Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (AP file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

On the day that Donald Trump is coming to Connecticut, at least one state lawmaker is throwing his support behind another presidential candidate.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced on Friday that he is endorsing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He said the reason for his endorsement of Clinton is “her commitment to urban investment and criminal justice reform.”

“She understands the urgent need to invest in our cities and in our infrastructure, she’s taken a strong stand in support of criminal justice reform, and she is by far the most prepared and qualified candidate to serve as our commander in chief.  There’s so much at stake in this election, and Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to keep Donald Trump or Ted Cruz far away from the White House,” Bronin said in a statement on Friday.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has already endorse Clinton and even campaigned for her in New Hampshire earlier this year.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter paid a visit to Connecticut on Friday to garner support for Clinton.

Nutter joined Mayor Toni Harp and local ministers in New Haven for event to reduce gun violence. He also joined Malloy and Bronin during a visit the KNOX Foundation of Hartford.

Eight years ago, Nutter backed Clinton in her first race for the White House.

"At some point in time, it's not enough to have ideas, at some point in time it's not enough just to rail against the establishment, at some point in time you have to get stuff done, the person to do that is Hillary Clinton," Nutter said on Friday.

He also took a jab at Trump, saying "He doesn't know anything about running a government. Apparently he's good at firing people on television, but he doesn't even have policies or proposals, he's the sound bite king." 

While the Clinton camp brought in a political surrogate to engage the base and local party leaders, Sanders supporters are gearing up as well, working the phones as the primary approaches.

In a statement, the Connecticut state director with Bernie Sanders for President campaign said they are proud of their volunteers and a hyper-local campaign, saying "When people get to know Bernie and hear his messages about fixing our broken economic system, when people get to see what Sanders has been fighting for his entire life, they support him."

Trump is visiting Connecticut on Friday. He is expected to arrive at the Connecticut Convention Center for a campaign event around 7 p.m. 

Bernie Sanders was out of the country on Friday. He was attending a Vatican conference in Rome

Primary day in Connecticut is April 26.

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