Socialist Party of Connecticut

The Socialist Party of Connecticut (SPCT) is a socialist political party in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Founded as an affiliate of the Socialist Party of America, the party split with the SPA in 1936 and joined the Social Democratic Federation. In 1957, the Social Democratic Federation reunified with the Socialist Party of America. In 1973, the SPA voted to reform and rename itself Social Democrats, USA, which sought to reform the Democratic Party. The current Socialist Party of Connecticut is the state chapter of the Socialist Party USA.

Socialist Party of Connecticut
Senate leaderNone
House leaderNone
FoundedJanuary 1, 1973
HeadquartersWestchester Rd. Colchester, CT
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
National affiliationSocialist Party USA

It was reorganized in the 1970s after the formation of the SPUSA by activists who had been members of the Socialist Party of America.


SPA and SDF affiliation

Jasper McLevy served as mayor of Bridgeport from 1933 to 1957. Prior to becoming mayor, he had run for office nearly two dozen times. McLevy was a leader in the "Old Guard" faction of the SPA. McLevy successfully lead the SPC in disaffiliation briefly in 1938 and permanently in 1950.[1][2][3]

Party member Irving Freese served as the mayor of Norwalk from 1947 to 1951. Freese was re-elected in 1951 on an independent ticket.

SPUSA affiliation

In 2009, the Socialist Party of Connecticut denounced Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan, claiming that the president was throwing away much needed resources the country needed to get pulled out of the financial crisis. After denouncing him, the state affiliate organized a protest in front of the federal building in Hartford.[4]


  1. "Jasper McLevy Is Dead at 84". New York Times. 1962-11-20. p. 33. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  2. "SOCIALIST MAYOR ASSAILS THOMAS; Jasper McLevy of Bridgeport Lines Up With 'Old Guard' in Factional Fight". New York Times. 1936-01-10. p. 10. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  3. "McLevy Attacks US Socialists". Sunday Herald. Bridgeport. 1950-10-08. p. 15. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  4. Altimari, Daniela (December 1, 2009). "If Obama's a socialist, his comrades aren't happy". Hartford Courant.
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