Democrat, Republican, and Independent are three political parties with candidates for Governor on the ballot here in Connecticut. The Independent Party of Connecticut represents itself as the largest third party in Connecticut and their Candidate for Governor is Tom Marsh.
Tom Marsh is not running as an unaffiliated candidate he is running as a political party candidate and members of his party are Independents just as members of the Republican Party are known as Republicans. He deserves respect as a candidate and his party members deserve respect for what they believe in and their commitment to their beliefs.
When political signs indicate that an “Independent Voter” is for a candidate it gives the impression that the voter is a member of the Independent Party of Connecticut and as such they are supporting a particular candidate. Every candidate should be very careful to not mislead the electorate and to respect the status and registration of other voters.
Unaffiliated voters are just that, unaffiliated with any political party and not registered as a member of a party. Political campaigns should be about the issues not about deception and misinformation.
If candidates are using signs that say, “Independent Voter for” they should be referring to registered Independent voters. If those signs refer to unaffiliated voters being represented as Independent Voters they are opening their campaign to criticism.