I\u2019d like to correct one statement \u00a0\u2014 a lie \u2014 made by U.S. senatorial candidate, Leora Levy, the Republican running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. While stumping at a local county fair recently, Levy, who was against Trump before she was for him, insisted she is on the ballot in Connecticut, not the former president, whose endorsement she trumpeted back in August. Of course Levy, a savvy fundraiser for the GOP, would want to distance herself from the divisive former president, who is at the center of multiple investigations for taking classified documents, for pressuring campaign officials to lie about campaign results, and for the role he played in the Jan. 6 insurrection. If we were anywhere but in Bizarro World, association with such a man would be political suicide. Yet there lurks Trump, his small hands clutching onto a frayed public life, inserting himself into the political discussion even when Republican candidates don\u2019t much want him there. See J.D. Vance in Ohio.\u00a0 This is a uniquely sticky situation for Connecticut Republicans, who have a proud history of practicing the measured politics of fiscal conservatism, while voting liberal-ish when creating and maintaining a social safety net. Historically, Connecticut Republicans were always the party you could depend on to cleave to the law. See Lowell Weicker, during the Watergate hearings. See Prescott Bush, during the McCarthy era. But then came Donald Trump, a Democrat before he was a Republican, who brought a toxic mix of faux machismo and nasty unctuousness that proved to be an intoxicating drink for the so-called forgotten voter. Even Connecticut\u2019s GOP was not immune. The state party\u2019s sad metamorphosis lead Esquire magazine, in August, to bemoan that we \u201cdon\u2019t make Connecticut Republicans like they used to.\u201d\u00a0 No. We don\u2019t, though we still have a few. Elsewhere, too many Republicans seem to be of the everyday garden variety, embracing a party ideology that replaces policy with public taunts, and measured discussions with tantrums.\u00a0 See Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and his federally funding attempt at human trafficking. Levy knows that as a Connecticut candidate, you can no more be a little bit pro-Trump than you can be a little bit pregnant. Trump is very much on the ballot, and we wait to see if this could be the election that removes his foul stench forever. For his part, Trump has pinned his hopes on candidates such as Levy, whom he endorsed in August.\u00a0 He\u2019s most definitely running, and in Connecticut, he\u2019s losing. Last week, an Emerson College poll gave Blumenthal a 13-point lead. That\u2019s somewhere between a shellacking and a spanking, and I\u2019m not sure there are enough days left on the calendar for Candidate Levy to distance herself from the black hole at her party\u2019s center. Besides, when Levy said Trump isn\u2019t on the ballot, she also said she and Trump \u201cagree completely\u201d on policy. At the time of her endorsement \u2014 made in a phone call to a barbeque just before the primary \u2014 Levy said she was \u201cso honored, honored and humbled\u201d to get that endorsement. If you follow her on Twitter, Levy \u00a0\u2014 as did Trump \u00a0\u2014 appears to be against a great many things, and quick with declarative statements about just how awful things are in the state. She decries \u201cwoke nonsense\u201d and \u201cgender fluidity.\u201d At this point, it\u2019s impossible to see much daylight between Levy and her endorser, which should leave voters with little doubt who and what they are getting if they vote for Levy Levy is right now out there pressing flesh and saying she is the embodiment of the American Dream. That is wonderful. We could use more embodiments like that. But when you see Levy, ask her how she intends to help others reach their American Dream. Ask her who won the 2020 presidential election. Ask her if she\u2019ll accept the results of the mid-term election. Ask her to define critical race theory, which seems to haunt her dreams. Ask her for if she has a single, solitary political goal, other than beating Sen. Blumenthal.\u00a0 Lying, obfuscation, and outlandish campaign promises are as much a part of politics as are voting machines. A 2014 study looked at such speech, and suggested things said during campaigns \u2014 even purportedly outlandish things \u00a0\u2014\u00a0 may serve a purpose. Promises and assertions made in a stump speech can serve as benchmarks for the candidate later. It\u2019s something to which voters can return to say, \u201cWait. Didn\u2019t you say you\u2019d lower my taxes?\u201d In other words, campaign promises and assertions can be aspirational.\u00a0 But there\u2019s no indication Levy is anything but a Trump Republican. That cannot be erased, avoided, or ignored. It\u2019s Trump, all over the ticket.\u00a0 Susan Campbell is the author of \u201cFrog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood,\u201d \u201cTempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker\u201d and \u201cDating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism and the American Girl.\u201d She is Distinguished Lecturer at the University of New Haven, where she teaches journalism.