Lembo Launches Exploratory Committee for Potential Governor’s Race


NORTH HAVEN – State Comptroller Kevin Lembo today launched an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for Governor, visiting a small business he said illustrates what’s working and what isn’t in Connecticut and issuing a call for a new approach to get the economy working for people.

“Today I’m forming an exploratory committee to consider running for Governor because the same old answers aren’t going to cut it,” Lembo said. “We’ve got to shake up the system and get Connecticut working for the people.

Lembo called Precision Combustion, “the kind of business we want in Connecticut. Innovative. Determined. Offering new, green technologies. And ready to hire.”

“But here’s what’s so infuriating: In a state where workers need jobs, companies like this are having trouble filling those jobs because they can’t find the skilled workers they need. That’s got to change,” Lembo said.

Now serving his second term as Comptroller, Lembo has earned a reputation as a government watchdog and good-government advocate, improving public access to information about state revenue and spending, state payments and payroll. He served as Connecticut’s first Healthcare Advocate, taking on the big insurance companies to help people get the health care they need and returning millions of dollars to consumers.

“I’d be accountable to the people, not the special interests in Hartford,” Lembo said. “And instead of borrowing money and shoveling it to the wealthiest hedge funds, we would invest in good jobs for working people, building an economy that will grow into the future.”

As Comptroller, Lembo voted against State Bond Commission decisions to borrow $22 million for Bridgewater Associates, and against a $35 million package to AQR Capital, two of the world’s largest hedge funds.

Lembo has been elected statewide twice, earning more than 500,000 votes in each election in 2010 and 2014.

As Comptroller, Lembo pushed for independent review of the state’s economic development spending and now consumers have access to information to track where economic assistance dollars are going and the return on investment.

Lembo also developed a plan to reform the state’s pension payment plan to make it flat and predictable over time. And the General Assembly passed, though with a 2020 effective date, legislation he proposed to require the state to build its budget reserve fund and avoid overspending in good economic times.

Lembo also has been a leading advocate to get consumers more information on prescription drug costs to stop skyrocketing prices and crack down on price gouging.

Lembo, who would be Connecticut’s first openly gay Governor if he chose to run for the seat, has been recognized by Connecticut Citizen Action Group with The Nancy Benedict Social Justice Award for his substantial contribution to the advancement of social justice in Connecticut, including his work on health care, labor rights and civil rights — and by GLAD as a social justice advocate for LGBTQ individuals and families.

In building their own family, Lembo and his spouse, Charles Frey, were denied the ability to adopt two children after a New York judge deemed their family unsuitable due to their marital status and sexual orientation. Lembo and Frey successfully appealed the matter all the way to the New York State Supreme Court. They later adopted a third child.