And we hate him.
President George W. Bush, a New Haven native whose family has deep roots in Greenwich, will stop by Bridgeport tomorrow. This gives Democrats a great excuse to do what they do best: complain about what a lousy jerk Bush is.
Farrell is planning a noon rally on Wednesday at the Bridgeport City Hall Annex, a block from where the president is appearing, to criticize both Bush and Shays for the administration's handling of health care matters. She has invited everyday citizens to talk about their experiences with health care delivery.It also gives Republicans a chance to be somewhere else.
Rell's two Democratic opponents plan to stop by the Farrell event. (AP "Democrats")
Chris Shays, who will be flying in with the president on Air Force One, and Jodi Rell, who unfortunately has made a point out of always being in the state, are on the hook. Shays seems pretty pleased with himself, although Rell, when asked last week if she'd meet with the president, gave this tepid response:
"If the president comes to Connecticut, as the governor of this state I would welcome him and I would be glad to be there with him." (Cummings)Other high-profile Republicans decided to sit this one out.
The state's other two Republican members of Congress, U.S. Reps. Rob Simmons and Nancy Johnson, said they are staying in Washington for legislative business. (AP "Democrats")Who can blame them? Bush has a 31% approval rating here, where both the war and his domestic policies are increasingly unpopular.
Worse, his motorcade is going to cause massive traffic problems. I'm glad he never comes to Enfield. Can't he take a helicopter? Like, say, the Sikorsky-made Marine One?
Oh. Never mind.
Cummings, Bill and Peter Urban. "Bridgeport on Bush's schedule." Connecticut Post 1 April, 2006.
"Democrats primed to criticize Republicans for appearing with Bush." Associated Press 4 April, 2006.