Trump holds Mar-a-Lago fundraiser for Connecticut Senate candidate
Former President Donald Trump is weighing into local politics in New York and Connecticut. On Monday, he endorsed Long Island Republican Lee Zeldin for governor. On Tuesday, he hosted a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for Leora Levy, the Republican running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
It’s unusual for a candidate running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut to be out-of-state for a fundraiser so late in the campaign, said Ron Schurin, a UConn political scientist.
Levy had only $314,000 in cash at the beginning of the month, compared to Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal who had $4.5 million.
“She is doing it because she needs to raise some money. But the significance is that it makes it more clear than before that she is closely tied to Donald Trump,” said Schurin.
“Here in Connecticut, Trump was soundly defeated by Joe Biden in the 2020 election. And Trump has very, very, low favorability ratings here. So it's a risk that Levy is taking to associate her name so closely with Donald Trump,” said Scott MCLean, a Quinnipiac University political scientist.
“When you have a fundraiser with Donald Trump and he endorses you, this becomes an easy avenue for attacking your candidacy,” he said.
Trump lost New York by about 28 points in 2020. But on Monday, he posted an endorsement for Long Island Republican Lee Zeldin on his social media website. Zeldin held a fundraiser with the former president last month.