I was surprised that Michele Jacklin joined the DeStefano campaign. I thought she'd resurface at another newspaper or maybe migrate online, but apparently not. Here's a quote we should expect to see a lot of in the next day or two:
While Rell has been basking in the glow of her poll ratings, DeStefano and Malloy have engaged in some juvenile sparring. DeStefano, who we can only assume is trying to bluff Malloy out of the race, had the audacity to wag his finger in Malloy's face and brag about his own "overwhelming re-election win" in New Haven two weeks ago.
Never mind that DeStafeno's toughest foe hailed from the Guilty Party and that Democrats outnumber every other party-affiliated voter in the Elm City by about a bazillion to one. The city hasn't elected anyone other than a Democratic mayor in 50 years.
To be sure, Malloy won re-election by a nose. But Republicans, in an effort to be rid of him, threw everything at him but the UBS office tower, including Rell, who made phone calls on behalf of the Republican candidate. To suggest, as DeStefeno did, that he's the stronger of the two because he won by a larger margin is preposterous.
DeStefano's candicacy is headed for trouble if he persists in taking us, and Malloy, for fools. (Jacklin, Michele. "How Solid is Rell's Support?" Hartford Courant 23 November, 2005.)
It sounds like she'll be doing research and policy for them. She probably ought to be handling press relations, but okay.
I've seen a lot of press releases today about the poll results. Here's the reaction so far:
DeStefano campaign: The poll shows we're still ahead.
Malloy campaign: The poll is meaningless.
I'm tempted to side with the Malloy folks, just because it is such a long time until the primary, but Malloy (despite doing well raising money) needs to get his name out there a little more.
The Rell campaign so far has been content to let the numbers speak for themselves. And why not? There's very little that's negative there.
Okay. Back to class with me.