Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Fedele Emerging

The Stamford Advocate is running a story today about Michael Fedele, who is presumably Rell's pick for LG (she's being coy about it).
Republican sources said if nothing happens to change her mind, Rell will anoint Fedele at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Republican House caucus room where he served for four years as assistant Republican leader under Minority Leader Robert Ward, R-North Branford.

"He had a way of understanding issues, bringing common sense to the issues," said Ward, who chose Fedele to serve as assistant leader, a post one notch below the two deputy leaders.

"When we talked about things in the caucus, he was someone who could unite other people. He was one of those quiet leaders. He didn't need to hear himself speak on the floor of the House," Ward said.

Ward said he had only heard rumors that Fedele would be Rell's choice, "but if it's true, I think he would be a great choice. He's the classic American success story. He came here as a small boy with his family and started up his own, very successful business."

Fedele was born in Italy and traveled as a child with his family from their homeland on a seven-day boat trip in 1958, moving to West Main Street. (Coleman)

That sounds a lot like Rell herself when she was in the House. So far, so good. The only thing that raises a red flag is this push poll done in 2002, when he was running against Andrew McDonald for Jepsen's Senate seat:
According to several people contacted, the poll conducted by Zogby International asked voters, among other questions, whether they preferred to vote for a married candidate with children or one who is gay. Fedele is married with three children. McDonald is gay.

Democrats expressed outrage and called on Republicans to apologize. Stamford Republicans and those representing the state party and then Gov. John Rowland said they had nothing to do with the poll. Fedele also said he had nothing to do with it, would not have sanctioned it and didn't think the issue was one of concern to voters. (Coleman)

It's impossible to know, at this point, how much Fedele was involved in this wretched bit of negative campaigning. I'd like to know more.

The Malloy campaign reacted to the selection of Fedele as another indication of their candidate's strength, while the DeStefano campaign labelled Fedele a "Fairfield County millionaire." It does seem like Malloy is being targeted, here--will that help or hurt him in the convention?

Fedele's still not a particularly compelling choice, but he is a safe one. That may help Rell most of all.

Source

Coleman, Tobin A. "Republicans: Fedele would help Rell." Stamford Advocate 17 May, 2006.

50 comments:

A Real Democrat said...

Should have posted this is the somewhat more appropriate thread...

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Rumor has it John DeStefano is trying to get the Hartford delegation invalidated, because he knows the majority of their votes are going Malloy's way. It's a re-hashing of what we saw weeks back, regarding their rules not being filed on time.

DeStefano is going around telling people that Eddie Perez is hurting the democratic process. Of course, this is completely hypocritical since he is doing the exact same thing in New Haven, and is just fine with it being done on his behalf in some other major cities!

All this can do is make our party look bad. Can you imagine the press if the second largest delegation was d/q'd days before the convention. There's only one person who wins if that happens: Jodi Rell

bluecoat said...

Does anybody know what kind of a boat Fedele's family travelled on to get here fron Italy? The Nina, the Pinta or he Santa Maria maybe??

CTObserver said...

Would that joke has been as funny if you said Amistad?

bluecoat said...

Look, the campaign is making a big deal about it. Did they come over on a fancy cruise ship or a freighter; were they refugees or what?

disgruntled_republican said...

George "Doc" Gunther, the longest serving member of the General Assembly, has announced he is no going to seek re-election.

Link is here

Genghis Conn said...

Bluecoat,

I don't see that it matters.

Thomas Craven said...

It a shame to see my Mayor's campaign playing such an active role in Hartford politics.

If the roles were reversed, Mayor DeStefano would go BALLISTIC if he saw a political candidate come into his city to mess with Party Rule.

What I'd like to know is how many other delegate groups from around the state are "invalid" for the same obscure and cloudy reasons Hartford's are.

Note to DeStefano's Campaign - if you are going to play such an active role in the political scene of other cities(whos leader has endorsed your opponent) dont leave any fingerprints!

This situation just reeks of a behind the scenes puppet master, and i think the smell is coming from New Haven.

bluecoat said...

GC: that's my point; it doesn't matter but the campaign brought it up; so the next question is appropriate.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

The campaign brought it up? Jesus, the campaign hasn't even said he's the guy, much less "brought it up."

It was mentioned in a newspaper story, OK? Let it go.

bluecoat said...

OK, I will ignore what Ward and all the Republicans are saying about Fedele.

disgruntled_republican said...

Blue-

That's exactly the point. It is Ward, not Rell or the Rell campaign.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

It will be interesting to see what happens if Destefano goes after the Hartford delegation. If they are DQ'd and Destefano wins, if the Hartford votes could have given Malloy the win the political ramifications for Destefano could be HUGE.

bluecoat said...

OK, Republican sources aren't Rell or her campaign. Sure!!!

Wrath of Conn said...

mod.dem,

It's really deplorable if true. DeStefano has been the one crowing about how he has the votes. If this is what he has in mind for getting them you can count me out. As was said, an ugly fight over this and Rell is the one who comes out on top.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Uh-oh, we'd better be careful, disgruntled, ctobserver, and Genghis -- bluecoat is on to our vast Rell conspiracy.

bluecoat said...

My point is that people talk about bullshit instead of issues and candidiate qualifications.

CTObserver said...

So what boat Fedele came over on is an 'issue or qualification?'

bluecoat said...

Ward said he had only heard rumors that Fedele would be Rell's choice, "but if it's true, I think he would be a great choice. He's the classic American success story. He came here as a small boy with his family and started up his own, very successful business."

Like I said BULLSHIT not issues

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

The flip side is this could be very good for Malloy if he handles it right. People get big bumps when the public feels they are wronged.

For refrence, Lieberman had a huge bumb in numbers in Decemeber of 03 when Gore endorsed Dean. Just couldn't hold it into the primaries.

However, if Malloy misplays this, it looks like Democratic in-fighting and could severely hurt Dems.

bluecoat said...

For the Republicans the boat is both an issue and a qualification BUT for me it's bullshit.

disgruntled_republican said...

But why does "the boat" matter?

If he is qualified, isn't that the important part? And what issues could we possibly talk about for a LT Gov candidate anyway?

Rear_Admiral said...

Word is he came over on the Andrea Doria, was rescued by the Stockholm, moved to New York and later beat out George Costanza for an apartment on the Upper West Side.

bluecoat said...

Speaking of bullshit Rell is spinning the VRE railcar delays with a rose garden visit to the Yinkers Kawasaki plant and more from the Courant on sending the mentally wounded back in to combat on drugs.

But in the good shit category Judge Borden is doing it right byChanges In Court Task Force
Two Judges Replaced On Panel Examining Access To Records

bluecoat said...

If there are no issues to talk about then why does he need to be qualified? I can keep this going until I have to go for lunch..

bluecoat said...

It's also looking like Paul Streitz may lose his issue - not that he was ever qualified to do anything about it - as reported Senate Vote Gives Immigration Bill Steam By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer

disgruntled_republican said...

He has to be qualified in the event that the Governor dies or steps down. When I say there are no issues for a Lt Gov candidate I mean no issues apart from what a Gov candidate dictates. You run with a governor, not on your own.

On the trains...maybe jodi should trade in her suit for a uniform and do it herself? Would that be better?

bluecoat said...

The point is she and Korta proclaimed they would be in service for the winter of 2005 - it never happened and never could have happened BUt they could have been in service by now.

bluecoat said...

BTW there DG, you don't seem all that disgruntled about the Republicans these days.

disgruntled_republican said...

I am fair. There is plenty to be upset about with the republican party. I thought you saw and agreed with me yesterday on the lack of depth and party building going on. That alone gets my blood boiling.

Aside from that, there is much to be disgruntled about as a republican, not just at republicans. Such as partisan witch hunts, majority bullying, partisan showboating. It disgusts me.

Genghis Conn said...

Speaking of LG choices... anyone know anything about a DeStefano press conference this afternoon having to do with Don Williams? Could be nothing.

bluecoat said...

DG:-)))

DrBaltar said...

I just heard from a reporter friend of mine that there's a press conference up at the LOb this afternoon - DeStefano and Don Williams. Wonder if this could be the LG choice we've all been waiting for?

disgruntled_republican said...

GC-

There was an "Energy Summit" held by Williams and Amann at 10am but didn't see anyhting else.

bluecoat said...

East Windsor Republican to run for treasurer

MikeCT said...

It's notable that the anti-Christian right is excited about another Stamford Republican candidate who is challenging Sen. Andrew McDonald. We can expect more gay-bashing knuckle-draggers to come out of the woodwork in Stamford. Since 80% of candidates endorsed by the Love Makes a Family PAC won in 2004, I don't expect they'll have much impact.

disgruntled_republican said...

I have mentioned this a few time before but for those of you who doubted my comments on Enfield Mayor Patrick Tallarita being considered as Malloy's runningmate, Malloys confirmed he is on the very short list they are deciding from as shown in this JI article today.

Genghis Conn said...

I love Patrick Crowley's comment: "He's a guy who has too much talent for Enfield." Ouch!

disgruntled_republican said...

Oh, and the article mentions a blog that follows CT politics...wonder which one...lol

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I've hear that it may be another Tallarita...

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

that should have said "heard"

bluecoat said...

If Tallarita gets the nod and Malloy ends up guv maybe GC and DG can run for the Enfield Mayor slot.

disgruntled_republican said...

Meaning Kathy...I doubt it.

smalltowngirl said...

Just heard a rumor here in Hartford that Williams will have a press conference this afternoon. Don't know what it means but if he is DeStefano's LG that is HUGE - even if he is just endorsing DeStefano it will be yet another nail in Malloy's coffin. If its just about energy this will be another boring afternoon - at least its sunny.

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat...

I served on the Town Council when Tallarita was the Deputy Mayor. He's a good politician and I will leave it at that. Mayor is largely a figurehead in Enfield. Runs the Council meetings, meets with minority leader and town manager to set the agenda, stuff like that.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Williams would have to have his head examined to give up one of the most powerful positions in state government for one of the least.

Also, don't kid yourself on endorsements, unless they come with money (PACS like NOW) or workers (like unions), I don't think they mean all that much.

DG- Kathys not a bad choice, think about it both need a woman on the ticket to take on Rell. Cathy gives that plus the Tallarita name which means the Enfield area (for the same reasons as her brothers). Probably means some delegate votes too.

bluecoat said...

Yeah I read that about the job in the JI article, that's why I thought you and GC would be perfect for the race to replace him. Is Enfield in Connecticut?

:-))

Genghis Conn said...

Just got a release from the DeStefano campaign. Check new post. No hurry-they're being coy. It's probably just an endorsement.

disgruntled_republican said...

mod.like.jfk....

I don't think Kathy would be a bad choice, I think just the opposite but I, 1. Don't think they must have a woman runningmate and 2. Would guess she isn't interested.

She seems to enjoy being a state rep.

BRubenstein said...

I suspect Williams will endorse JDS only and not run for LG for reasons already stated.

In addition, the endorsement doesnt bring much ( how many delegates does Williams control)..most town delegates rely on advice from their town chair and/or mayor before a senator.

Williams could be helpful in raising money for JDS and for certain tactical advantages in any off season commitee meetings of legislative committees.

Wolcottboy said...

Someone mention a delay in the delivery or manufacture of railcars?

Other cities and states routinely have this happen. Not news. Why doesn't our state kinda, y'know talk to other cities and states to see what works/ practices are? I feel like CT just does their own thing. In the land of steady habits, we'll have our highways built in 10 years and railways built in time for cars to fly.