Tuesday, February 14, 2006

DeStefano-Sullivan?

Heads up, the DeStefano campaign is planning a "major announcement" with Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan tomorrow at noon in the Legislative Office Building. It's either a boring, run-of-the-mill endorsement, or they're announcing he'll be DeStefano's running mate.

Update: Never mind. The DeStefano campaign does like to build up the suspense... then spring something ordinary on us.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

BLEEEECCCCHHHH

Great pick for the Second Spot---a wildly popular Sullivan.

Anonymous said...

Either way, its a huge pick up for the DeStefano campaign.

Anonymous said...

tell me who is more hated then Kevin Sullivan...id vote for a potted plant before him for LG...

and id rather get poison ivy or a case of bad diarihhia then see him in office...he might as well be a republican.

lets hope its not Sullivan for LG..anything else is ok...

Anonymous said...

jeez, "Mr. temporary budget shortfall" is the Dems bright light?

Darkness falls across the land...the midnight hour's close at hand

Hide your checkbook, the spendocrats are coming!

Don Pesci said...

Hide your checkbook, the spendocrats are coming! Coming? The budget has more than doubled since Lowell Weicker graced us with an income tax. This doubling has occurred on the watches of two non-Democratic governors, one of whom, lately returned from prison, boasted he was a firewall that apparently prevented ... what? The doubling of the budget?

Anonymous said...

I would think the two styles go well together. Mr. Charisma & Mr. Charming.

Anonymous said...

DP, who ran the State Senate when Johnny tired of being the scold of Hartford?

No more questions

Anonymous said...

It helps if the candidate is 'likeable'....

That doesn't apply to either DeStefano or Sullivan.

Why would anyone vote for DeStefano? I caught him after Governor's meeting with mayors on TV. New Haven has had 6 murders this year so far,,,, yeah, let's give him the keys to the state??

AB said...

Ugh...Destefano and Sillivan are two of the least like and least likeable politicians in Connecticut. Both have the personality of a dead wet fish.

Neither has a prayer of beating a very well liked Jodi Rell. if this is the best the democratic party has to offer for Governor in the state......lights out Gracie.

Brass Tacks said...

This is all about the Democratic Primary, folks. Kevin Rennnie pegged this one on the Sunday show on FOX 61...

The West Hartford delegation was apparently flirting with Malloy, and if this proves to be true, credit DeStef for trying to solidify a town with a SERIOUSLY large Democratic contingent that VOTES.

Simple math, folks. Count the votes.

Brass Tacks said...

WHOOPS! Scratch that... it may have been Shelley Sindland with the West Hartford observation. Either way, it seems pretty clear.

Anonymous said...

Brass Tacks:

That may be true, but, boy, talk about winning the battle but losing the war ....

Anonymous said...

According to the Courant, it's only an endorsement: Sullivan to endorse Destefano

Anonymous said...

If that's true, it sets up an interesting mix of House v. Senate, with Amman v. Sullivan.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Although I was questioning the logic in choosing Sullivan, I do think it would have been very interesting move to pick up a Lt. Gov candidate this early.

It could be very risky, but it also creates another person to raise money, get around the state, and increase name rec....

It also would have put the pressure on Malloy to pick as well.

There would have been big downsides to it as well.

Too bad, it would have made for interesting political theater.

Genghis Conn said...

It would have been, mod.dem... but apparently Sullivan isn't ready to go that far, yet. I think he will, at some point; he's the only major Democrat in the state with absolutely nothing to lose (with the possible exception of Audrey Blondin). Brass Tacks has a great point about West Hartford, which actually went for Rowland in 2002. Dems need it to even think of winning, and DeStefano would need it to beat Malloy.

Serves me right for reading too much into one of the DeStefano campaign's cryptic press releases. Oh well.

Brass Tacks said...

Not at all, GC. That's all part of the fun of this spectator sport.

So the "Draft Blondin" effort posted a couple of days ago by "Anonymous Former Secretary of State Candidate From Litchfield County with Red Hair Who Wears Funny Hats to Dem Conventions but Not Audrey Blondin, No It's Most Certainly Not Me at All." continues...

Whew!

Anonymous said...

Don't agree with the comment about House vs. Senate members. Malloy has more posted Senate endorsements and more on the way. (Billy Ciotto set to endorse Malloy in the near future.) Am I the only one who thinks EVERYONE would be better off as soon as Kevin and his whiny persona are out of our lives?

ctkeith said...

Not only does DLC Dan have More Senate Endorsements Than Destefano but Just think of all those Family Farms In Greenwich,Darien and Stamford that Would've been Needlessly Broken Apart to pay that draconian Estate Taxes Dan Loathes.

Aldon Hynes said...

I know that there are plenty of people that dislike Kevin Sullivan. We can see some of their posts here. There are probably plenty of people that dislike Audrey Blondin, DeanFan and ctkeith.

Likewise, there are probably people that dislike Sam Gejdenson, Rosa DeLauro, and Jim Maloney.

Yet all of this illustrates a strength of Mayor DeStefano that we need to see more of in Democratic politics, the ability to reach out and appeal to a wide cross section of voters.

Gil said...

If one wants to compare endorsements as a representation of support from a cross section of people, than it would have to go to Malloy. Lately, DeStefano's endorsement lists have been pretty limited in scope, including people mostly from New Haven or the New Haven area. Really, sending out a list of business people who have endorsed you and they're mostly from New Haven. His endorsement list before that was made up of mostly New Haven aldermen-- and not even all of them. I don't think congressional representatives are the best indication of support from constituents-- particularly Rosa DeLauro, who all but had to endorse her mayor.

Mike DePalma said...

Gil,

Your comment that DeStefano's list of endorsements is "made up of mostly New Haven alderman" is simply untrue. Here is a list of people who have endorsed the campaign:

http://www.destefanoforct.com/endorsements

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight -- JD is happily announcing Sully's endorsement? Isn't Sullivan the same guy who was in charge of the Senate during the last two gubernatorial campaigns and who went out of his way to boost Johnny R. and kill any chances Kennelly and Curry might have had to win. Don't forget Sullivan's rush to embrace Rowland's tax rebates in 98 and his effusive defense of Rowland in 02 when Curry pointed out that Rowland was breaking the law by not giving the legislature a plan to deal with the deficit. With Democratic friends like that, who needs enemies?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure all of DeStefano's union friends will be doing a jig now that Kevin Sullivan is on board...NOT!

the wandererrr said...

The endorsement bodes well for malloy

Anonymous said...

Dont be so sure that Sullivan saying this has nothing to do with an LG spot means that it's actually so. DeStefano would promise my grandmother the position if it meant getting her to give a maximum contribution to his campaign.

Gil said...

Mike D.,

Sorry about that, I meant his most recent email that he sent out with his list of endorsements. About half of them were New Haven aldermen.

I looked at both lists before writing my post and I think one is able to see Malloy offers a wider cross section of endorsements.

My post was just a response to what Aldon wrote, which insinuated that the congressional rep endorsements meant that DeStefano has the support of a cross section of voters. And I really don't think that's true at all.

Aldon Hynes said...

Gil,

Perhaps I wasn't clear enough. Mike is correct in pointing out that Mayor DeStefano's support covers a wide geographical spectrum.

My comment talked about the wide spectrum of supporters that Mayor DeStefano has, much wider than the congressional endorsements I mentioned. I didn't go into great details, because of the breadth of the list.

What I was trying to point out is that Mayor DeStefano's support also covers a very wide spectrum of interests, ideologies and personalities.

His ability to draw support from and work with all sorts of people is an asset that has been sorely lacking in all levels of government.

Anonymous said...

"What I was trying to point out is that Mayor DeStefano's support also covers a very wide spectrum of interests, ideologies and personalities. His ability to draw support from and work with all sorts of people is an asset that has been sorely lacking in all levels of government."

And Kevin Sullivan adds to this how??

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:45 -
Kevin brings the "screw the unions" point of view to DeStefano's big ideological tent. Oh yeah, he also adds the "screw your own party's gubernatorial candidate if it serves my own purposes" perspective. What -- you don't think that's an 'asset that has been sorely lacking in all levels of government'? LOL

Anonymous said...

Some of the other names seen on this blog for the #2 spot:

Audrey Blondin
Jim Maloney
Paul Vance
Scott Slifka
Chris Murphy
Michael Jarjura

maybe Aldon can take a shot at it as well?

Gil said...

Hey Aldon,

I agree with you. But I don't think DeStefano can say that he solely owns the wide spectrum. I know you've got to spin it for your guy, but I don't think either can claim that his base of supporters represents a wider range of Connecticutters. Have you looked at Malloy's list?

Aldon for LG!

Aldon Hynes said...

Gil,

You are right. I don't think that Mayor DeStefano can claim to be the sole owner of a wide spectrum of support. However, I do believe that he does have a wide spectrum, and as others have been saying in a less friendly way, to those that watch politics, Kevin Sullivan represents a part of the political spectrum that doesn't match the stereotype people try to present of the typical DeStefano supporter.

As to who should be Lt. Governor, I do not have enough skill to say that I am not actively seeking the position while at the same time communicating that I would love to be Lt. Governor. Because of this lack of skill, I probably shouldn't be considered a prospect for Lt. Governor.