Steve Obsitnik did not vote for Trump

When it came to casting a ballot in 2016, Steve Obsitnik voted like a father, not like a future gubernatorial candidate.

Republican Steve Obsitnik said Tuesday that he did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. He wrote in U.S. Sen. John McCain’s name instead.

“I have two daughters 14 and 16, and I didn’t like a lot of the discord going on,” Obstinik said in an interview Tuesday. “So I sided with a former Marine Corps Academy graduate.”

Obsitnik is one of five Republicans running for governor in a year when allegiance with the president has become a kind of litmus test. While some other Republican candidates boasted in debates about their votes for Trump in 2016, Obsitnik has not previously spelled out his ballot choice.

A Westport tech entrepreneur, Obsitnik gave President Trump an “A” grade when speaking to Hearst Connecticut Media editors last month. The lifelong Republican clarified Tuesday that he supports most of Trump’s policies, just not all of his rhetoric and tweets.

“Do the ends justify the means or the means justify the ends?” he asked. But he said he is giving the president “a chance” to see how his ideas “play out.”

“As a military veteran, I’ll always support our commander-in-chief whoever he or she is,” Obsitnik said.

One of Obsitnik’s primary rivals Bob Stefanowski registered as a Democrat shortly before the 2016 election and did not vote for Trump or anyone else — a fact that candidate David Stemerman attacked Stefanowski for in a TV commercial and at debates.

Party-endorsed candidate Mark Boughton tweeted that he voted for his dog, but later revealed that he cast a ballot for Trump. Former Trumbull first selectman Tim Herbst, who is also running, has probably been the most vocal about his support for the president.

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