Say what you like about the endorsement race we're suddenly seeing between DeStefano and Malloy; it does show us that the Malloy candidacy isn't going to go away, and that Democrats are far from united behind any candidate.
Malloy's list of endorsements, released today, has a few high-profile names in it, including former party chair, Senate Majority Leader and Lt. Gov. candidate George Jepsen, Wesport First Selectwoman and congressional candidate Diane Farrell, and two former Speakers of the House: Moira Lyons and Richard Balducci (who is, although the release doesn't note it, from my hometown of Newington).
A lot of the people on the list are old-guard Democrats. Many are from Fairfield County, although a significant percentage are not. Here's the full list, from the Malloy campaign's press release:
Malloy Endorsements, Listed Alphabetically
Martha Aasen, Town Chair (Westport)
Carl Anderson, Town Chair (Voluntown)
Richard Balducci, Former Speaker of the House
Neil Beup, Town Chair (Burlington)
Nancy Brouillet, Town Chair (Lebanon)
Ellen Camhi, Town Chair (Stamford), Democratic National Committeewoman
Eileen Daily, Senator (Westbrook)
Steve Dargan, State Representative (West Haven)
John Davis, Town Chair (Darien)
Richard Duda, Town Chair (Griswold)
Bob Duff, Senator (Norwalk)
Diane Farrell, First Selectwoman and Congressional Candidate (Westport)
Gerry Fox, State Representative (Stamford)
Tom Gaffey, Senator (Meriden)
George Jepsen, Former Senate Majority Leader, Former State Democratic Party Chairman
Braith Kelly, Town Chair (Canterbury)
Matt Kelly, Town Chair (Barkhamsted)
Alex Knopp, Mayor (Norwalk)
Mike Lawlor, State Representative (East Haven)
Carlo Leone, State Representative (Stamford)
Moira Lyons, Former Speaker of the House
Joe Mann, State Representative (Norwalk)
Andrew McDonald, Senator (Stamford)
Chris Perone, State Representative (Norwalk)
Joe Serra, State Representative (Middletown)
Jim Shapiro, State Representative (Stamford)
Galen Wells, Town Chair (Norwalk)
Make of it what you will.
The DeStefano campaign announced that the Communication Workers of America, Local 1298, have endorsed their candidate. Said Shonu Gandhi, DeStefano's campaign director, "Mayor Malloy's unveiling of endorsements today is an obvious response to the DeStefano campaign tv ad went on the air today. It's no surprise that Dan has some supporters. But the fact is since Attorney General Blumenthal's decision not to run for governor, John DeStefano has received growing support from Democratic leaders and groups representing working men and women throughout Connecticut."
The Malloy campaign earlier accused the DeStefano campaign of responding to their good fundraising numbers with the TV ad.
Malloy's campaign questioned investing in television commercials so far in advance of the Democratic primary in August and the general election in November 2006.
"It's so odd, frankly, we were wondering if our recent momentum" was the cause, said Chris Cooney, Malloy's campaign manager. (Pazniokas")
This could get ugly. In the meantime, I need an Advil.
Malloy press release: 10.18.05
DeStefano press release: 10.18.05
Pazniokas, Mark. "DeStefano Opens TV Campaign." Hartford Courant 18 October, 2005.