“Let them go bankrupt!”

That was the subject line of an email Friday from Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Lumaj to his supporters blasting the state’s imminent bailout of Hartford.

The capital city was $32 million in the red in 2017, a number that could grow to $61 million in 2021. The state has set aside $48 million in a special fund for distressed cities and towns.

“This move is irresponsible and places an undue burden on the backs of taxpayer’s in cities and towns who are able to manage their finances properly,” Lumaj said. “This is an attempt, by (Governor Dannel P.) Malloy, to punish successful towns and redistribute wealth to his political allies.”