New Haven Mayor John DeStefano's 30-second ad will begin airing Tuesday - 10 months before the Democratic primary and more than a year before the election, his campaign said. It's a sign that Democrats are preparing to spend big to try to unseat the popular incumbent.
The advertisement cites a federal report that identified Connecticut's job growth as the most stagnant in the nation. It also features a picture of highway gridlock as a narrator says, "We can do better."
"We know she's running for governor. We want to start having that conversation now," DeStefano's campaign manager, Shonu Gandhi, said. (AP)
All right, then.
I suppose that when the opposing candidate is as popular as Rell, the only way to gain some ground is to tear her down. Make the public believe that she shouldn't be elected for a full term. The tactic is sound enough.
It also counters the free publicity Rell got on Friday, when the major networks covered her announcement.
Still seems really early. Might also be playing into Rell's accusation that the Democrats are too negative.
...That's all I'll say about it right now. If I happen to see it, I'll say more.
"New Haven mayor hits airwaves early to take on candidate Rell." Associated Press 16 October, 2005.