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Report: Independent Party court battle could determine gubernatorial endorsement

Two factions of Connecticut’s Independent Party have been fighting in court for the last two years over a number of issues, including cross-endorsements.  The Courant reports that a state Superior Court Judge is expected to rule soon on a 2016 lawsuit about leadership, rules and candidate nominations.  The leader of the Waterbury wing led by Michael Telesca, call the Danbury faction a  kangaroo caucus, run only by Mayor Mark Boughton.  The GOP endorsed gubernatorial candidate denied the claim.  The Independent Party has been a way for Republicans to counter the second ballot line of Democrats cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party.  Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who didn't get enough petition signatures to be on the primary ballot, told the Courant he could seek the Independent Party's endorsement.  The party has about 25-thousand registered members.

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