Michael Lawlor

Republican PAC Targets General Assembly Democrats

Republican PAC Targets General Assembly Democrats

In a tough-on-crime commercial reminiscent of the well-known Willie Horton ad from 1988, a Republican political action committee is blasting freshman state Sen. Mae Flexer for being soft on crime, supporting repeal of the death penalty and favoring Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's early prisoner release program.

The commercial is the first in a statewide campaign by Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst in an effort to help Republicans in the state Senate and House of Representatives. Herbst said Friday that similar ads will be coming soon in targeted races against Democratic Sens. Steve Cassano of Manchester and Joseph Crisco of Woodbridge.

The one-minute ad references Malloy's...