Stamford Mayor Calls for Caution on Alito
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy today issued a press release in which he reprinted a letter he sent to Senators Lieberman and Dodd outlining his concerns with Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
The content of the letter is very detailed, and I will not reprint it here. I expect that the letter will be up on Malloy's site sooner or later. I will say that Malloy builds a strong case against Alito, expressing concerns about his record on civil rights, executive privilege and abortion rights.
Which is great. I don't like Alito, either. The question I have is what in the world does this have to do with either Stamford, of which Malloy is the mayor, or Connecticut, of which Malloy would like to be governor?
One of two things is going on, here. First, this is an attempt by Malloy to win over more liberal Connecticut Democrats by expressing a clear position on an issue they feel strongly about. It doesn't matter that this isn't a Connecticut issue. Malloy will become a little clearer and more acceptable in their minds for having taken this stand. Not a bad plan.
Second, he could be getting ready for a 2008 run against Rep. Christopher Shays, assuming Shays wins this year. Also not a bad plan, considering how the governor's race is likely to go.
In any case, speaking out on national politics can only help define Malloy to Democratic voters, almost all of whom will be more familiar with national issues than state ones.
Update: Here's the full release if you want to see it for yourself.