Saturday, May 20, 2006

Malloy Endorsed After Contentious Vote

Dan Malloy was endorsed by the Connecticut Democrats today as their candidate for governor by a slim margin of only four votes. The vote itself was marred by challenges to the votes of several delegations.

After the first roll call vote, DeStefano appeared to be leading Malloy 800-797, according to an unofficial count by CT-N and others. However, delegations were allowed to change their votes, and it appeared that after several delegations changed their votes that Malloy was ahead. Dan Malloy was seen moving all over the floor, as were many of his staff, before votes were changed.

The changed votes of Norwich, Danbury, West Haven, Hartford and Waterbury were challenged. The challenges to Norwich and Danbury were denied, but Malloy was left with enough votes to win the convention by the smallest of margins.

I will report more on this tomorrow, but Malloy was able to get enough votes through the competency of his own staff, and through the force of his own personality. John DeStefano will now come under enormous pressure to drop out before the August primary.

I am going home, now. This was an incredibly exciting convention to witness! The blog coverage of the convention was outstanding (look for photos and video from many sources, including myself, CT Bob, Connecticut Blog and others), and has established a great precedent for the involvement of citizen journalists in the future.

31 comments:

Patricia Rice said...

The Malloy win was so close that there almost needs to be a primary so that we can have a clear winner. I am surprised the Unions did not play a larger role than the did but in a primary I'm sure they would lead DeStefano to victory.

On the other hand, LaMont needs to accept his loss and support Joe. Senator Lieberman's win was decisive and a primary would not benefit us as a party.

cgg said...

Lieberman's victory was anything but decisive. Many of his supporters were shocked. If the convention showed us anything, it's that there are alot of Democrats in CT who want change. Let the debate continue.

ctkeith said...

VOTE LINE B

You now have a real choice

LINE A =DLC Ticket(Republican Lite)

Lieberman/Malloy

LINE B = Real Democrats

Lamont/Destefano

I couldn't be happier unless Dinardo was forced to resign for the truly Horrible job she did organizing this convention fiasco.

TrueBlueCT said...

Despite the 18yr incumbent applying maximum pressure, Ned Lamont was able to capture a 1/3 of the delegates in a public vote? Woo-Hoo!

I talked to many Lieberman supporters afterwards in the "DLC" tent, and they all agreed, in a secret ballot, Lamont would have won!

This was just an incredible result. Going in, I thought it was going to be Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead, it looks like CT Dems are on the verge of finding their souls.

What a great feeling going forwards.

LINE A = REPUBLICAN LITE
LINE B = DEMOCRATS, REAL DEMOCRATS

CTOctaneBlue said...

So... did JDS pick an LG candidate or what? So many people left the convention after Malloy won that I'm not sure there was the 15% quorum needed to choose the LG candidates according to the convention rules. Whatever!

With Lamont pulling 33+% and Malloy winning by 4 (count it!) votes, I'm really considering this the convention of "upsets". Lieberman may seriously consider running as an independent- what a shame, considering how much he's done as a Dem for the past 30 years. Also, the gov race is really now Malloy's to lose. He has ALL the momentum (perhaps he stole the Joementum?). JDS gets what he deserves for running an incompetent campaign and being smug about the convention. Yes, I'll admit it, over the past few weeks I bought into the idea that JDS would win big and that Malloy would go down hard. I vastly underestimated the amount of work the Malloy campaign would put in working the crowd at the convention- and likewise overestimated the amount of work the DeStefano campaign would put in to secure their delegates.

One more note- when it became apparent that Malloy would win by 4 votes, Blondin talked to the Harwinton delegation, who had cast their 3 votes for Malloy. Keep in mind that Harwinton is right next to Litchfield, and Blondin has personal relationships with all three delegates. The delegation pledged to switch their votes to JDS if he would choose Blondin as LG. Thus, Destefano would end up winning the nomination by 2 votes. Blondin brought this up to JDS, but he still told her no way was she getting LG. It had been decided a week ago that Slifka was the candidate- a total sell-out to Kevin Sullivan and West Hartford(This was a favor to KS supporting JDS- KS got to personally choose the LG candidate). Again, the 5th CD gets the political shaft, and Blondin got totally used by the DeStefano campaign. In the end, however, JDS got what he deserved in a convention loss, and he will most likely end up with a loss in the primary (if his campaign even makes it that far).

TrueBlueCT said...

CTKeith has suggested that in the end, DeStefano might have preferred to be on Line B with Lamont instead of fighting it ought against the slippery Dan Malloy.

(And if Dan hadn't been sharing the DLC tent with Lieberman, I might not be so hard on him. We're not all fools, really we aren't.)

Brass Anon said...

First of all, Malloy is a pro. Which is why he is going to win in November.

CTkeith, you sound like the typical whiny CCAG liberal that you probably are. Stay out there on the left and you'll never win an election.

Real Democrats win elections, and Dan Malloy took the first step today. You can get on board, or we'll see you in the rear view mirror.

And once again, Waterbury shows some political muscle and pulls one out for Malloy. Say what you will about Waterbury, but the city delivered when it counted.

And finally, Patricia Rice, don't be so surprised by the unions' lack of clout. Many union members vote Republican these days anyway. One of the biggest myths in party politics is that unions can deliver big voting blocks for the Democrats. If JDS is relying on his union endorsements he's in for an even bigger surprise than he received today.

This Malloy-Glassman ticket is impressive, and Connecticut's voters are going to like what they see.

stamfordpartisan said...

You said it, Brass Anon.

I'll add that it occurs to me that the ability to count votes and win is not a bad skill for governing. I think JDS got soft over the years, having to get his budget through a one-party council, getting reelected in a one-party town.

Also, you guys who think Dan is a DLC stooge or a pro-war R in D clothing are grossly mislead. Listen to what he has to say. Look at his record in public life. Ask him about whatever you want. He is a gifted executive, a brilliant mind, and, it seems, can count votes very well. Democrats should celebrate.

Real Democrat said...

oh please lets get real here. Blogs are for honest discussion afterall. Does anybody really beleive that anything has been decided besides who gets what line on the ballot? Did anyone expect anything different?

DeStefano and Malloy have each have the money to compete and have run good campaigns til now. DeStefano went into the convention with a reputation as being a bully, Malloy leaves with it.

An inch separated them on the floor of the convention and an inch will separate them on the ballot in August

May the best Democrat win.

Real Democrat said...

oh please lets get real here. Blogs are for honest discussion afterall. Does anybody really beleive that anything has been decided besides who gets what line on the ballot? Did anyone expect anything different?

DeStefano and Malloy have each have the money to compete and have run good campaigns til now. DeStefano went into the convention with a reputation as being a bully, Malloy leaves with it.

An inch separated them on the floor of the convention and an inch will separate them on the ballot in August

May the best Democrat win.

ctkeith said...

Hey Brassy,

Hows your congresswoman Nancy Doing.

Noone from Rowlandbury should ever talk about winning elections or being a Democrat.

Chris MC said...

Again, the 5th CD gets the political shaft,

Hold it. Only DeStefano shafted the Fifth. Malloy's runnig mate is from the Fifth. Chalk yet another astute as well as right move up for Malloy.

Blondin got totally used by the DeStefano campaign. In the end, however, JDS got what he deserved in a convention loss, and he will most likely end up with a loss in the primary (if his campaign even makes it that far).

You can bet your ass on that.

DeStefano went into the convention with a reputation as being a bully, Malloy leaves with it.

Not in the Fifth CD, he doesn't. Trust me here. After what DeStefano did to Audrey Blondin, not to mention Jim Maloney, he'll be lucky to be able to arrange a traffic stop up here. Without the votes he scammed in the Fifth (and God knows where else) by promising the same thing to more than one person, the outcome wouldn't have been in question - Malloy would have won going away. I already have commitments from Blondin loyalists and others that they will be with Malloy in August.

And I can also tell you that I have commitments of support outside the Fifth for Malloy. The convention is over baby. Many people who voted DeStefano at the convention are with us now, and promising to go to work and to deliver.

Malloy is the nominee. If DeStefano really wants to pursue this, hypocritically I might add (more on that later), bring it.

We beat them on the floor of the convention, and we will beat them on the gridiron, if they insist, in August.

Dannel Malloy is the nominee tonight. And he will be the nominee on August 9.

I promise.

Chris MC said...

So... did JDS pick an LG candidate or what?

I'm going to sleep on it first, but I might tell the whole sordid story tomorrow.

Short answer: yes, it was Scott Slifka, and we knew it before Audrey did! Can you believe that sh*t?

ALittleBitDramatic said...

I was gonna make a substantive comment here, but Brass Anon and stamfordpartisan said everything that was on my mind.

But I was really wishing that, between Friday and Saturday, someone would come to the mike and say "East Brumblebrook, Connecticut, casts 8 votes for Malloy, 4 votes for DeStefano, and one vote for Your Mom."

Chris MC said...
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Chris MC said...

More on the convention tomorrow. It was a great, great experience.

Good to finally meet you today GC. Keep up the excellent work!

MikeCT said...

Chris MC,

Note: the rest of you stay out of this, please. Keith's earned it.

We won't stay out of it as long as your comments are on this board. I know you're perfectly capable of making your arguments without vulgarities and personal attacks. You undermine your case and your criticism of Keith with your language. In any case, Keith didn't even mention you in this thread.

It's just inappropriate, and I encourage Genghis to delete your comments.

hoagdream said...

Well, Thank God, Hard work pays off. The Destano people were shocked. it was not suppose to happen-with corporate union $$$ up the butt-free flowing open bars all night and union lieberman folks running the show-Ya think---But people are sick of the self interest of the union who are in bed with anybody as long as it works for them-universal health care my butt-ask them to define what that means---for the gentlemen who is trublue--with his statements about Malloy and Lieberman in the same tent-they did not share a tent at the same time-by the way Destano was in the Lieberman tent trolling all night. He takes the same $$$ as Joe L. Union corporate $$$ Only for ME ME ME- Any real relationship to rank and file or the people just getting by-I found more alliance with Lamont delegates and Malloy Delegates because we are the underdogs and we didn't have the kiss of John Olsen and State CEntral so you can think all you want about JDS being align with lamont-I don't know but He loves that union $$$$ just like everyone else. The union crap that the war is just one issue- is so rehearsed and not well thought out..............NO WE won't BACK DOWN- The way JDS played people-oh well-So what if he never lost an election-never ran against anything but greens. The lamont and Malloy people are beholden to no one interest group and they asboth groups have varied interests and both have no problem execerising (s.p.) their right of free choice,,,no John Olsen is sitting in the backround telling them what to do-I was there too. and you wouldn't beleive what he said to one state employee-its time to stand up to things like that and be you own person. This was so uplifting-----------Time to work-

ctkeith said...

I've met you Chis McC,

Way back when you were making believe you supported Howard Dean.I guess you were as unimpressed with me as I was with you.

I even watched you running back and forth to GC yesterday and whispering in his ear on numerous occasions yesterday.

Whats funny is the people who were giving you the information you were passing to GC told me Later they have the exact same opinion as I do of you but that Yesterday you were a Useful Idiot so they used you.

Have a good day.

ctkeith said...

By the way chris McC,

I did change my vote to JDS after he won the original vote and I watched as Malloy promised Jobs, money, favors and anything else to get people to change their vote.

Destefano won the conscience vote by 3 and Malloy won the goon vote by 4.

As far as being Lobbied by Rosa ,SO WHAT.Rosa ddn't change my vote and Bill Clinton couldn't have either.I voted present because Both candidates went along with a Cowardly Plan to Ignore the Iraq War for One Mans Benefit.They put Lieberman above the good of the party just like DiNardo and You did.

The only reason I changed my vote was Because Slime like you have no problem acting like Goons and twisting enough arms to get people to change their votes.Malloy won lane A and nothing more yesterday.The fact that he gets to be on the same line as Lieberman seems more like Justice than a Victory to me.

GMR said...

I am not a Democrat, but have a couple of questions / observations about the Democratic candidates.

First, I think Lieberman will probably win the nomination. The activists are the ones that go to the convention, but there were only around 1,500 votes total. I think that while Lamont has certain segments supporting him, the primary is very much Lieberman's to lose. However, if he does manage to lose it, then how could he possibly win the election running as an independent? If he runs as an independent, doesn't the Republican then have a realistic chance of winning.

If Lamont loses, especially if he loses by a relatively narrow margin, will this cause many Connecticut Democrats to sit out the election? Especially if Rell still has above 60% approval, so that race will also look pre-ordained. As I see some of the things that Lamont supporters are saying about Lieberman, I wonder if they'll really want to vote for Lieberman in November.

Finally, what are the major policy differences between Malloy and de Stefano? From the little reading I've done, it seems as if de Stefano is more liberal, but JDS's website had little on the way of specifics (he has various commissions making recommendations on things like energy policy, equal pay for equal work, etc). I'm not really sure where Malloy stands on anything because I haven't investigated, but it seems as if he is a bit more centrist.

Chris MC said...

That absolute jerk ctkeith said:
Hows your congresswoman Nancy Doing.

Noone from Rowlandbury should ever talk about winning elections or being a Democrat.


If you knew who you are talking to, you wouldn't post such nonsense. Oh wait, we're talking about Keith Crane.

And for the record, Keith Crane, who routinely insults me personally and professionally in this space, has never even met me. What kind of jerk would post crap like that about someone he hasn't met? Oh wait, we're talking about Keith Crane.

The convention was decided by four votes. Jesus, it was a historic floor fight. Nobody in that room could be so self-important and full of himself and his significance to refuse to vote, right? Oh, wait, we're talking about Branford's own Keith Crane.

You are a disgrace Keith. What unbelievable arrogance! You were lobbied by ROSA DELAURO, and couldn't be moved? The Pope isn't that pure!

If you ever had the misfortune to face Brass Anon in a real political contest, he'd take you apart. You wouldn't even know what hit you.

And, BTW, Chris Murphy is going to Congress next November, jerk.

Note: the rest of you stay out of this, please. Keith's earned it.

Chris MC said...

Mike - out of respect for your opinion, and having gotten some rest, I amended the offending post.

My opinion of Keith stands.

MikeCT said...

ChrisMC,

Thanks! I appreciate the effort to improve the "culture" of the blog.

CTOctaneBlue said...

"Destefano won the conscience vote by 3 and Malloy won the goon vote by 4" - Malloy proved that he could get it done when he needed it. The headline (even in this blog!) already reads Malloy Wins Convention. Thats it- thats all a majority of Dems in the state will know. JDS was projected to win by at least 5%, and he lost! People don't like to support (i.e. give money to) losers- this is going to become a huge problem for JDS.

If this convention has taught me anything, it's that politics is a very dirty game, and that you can trust no one. I should have already learned that lesson when Bysiewicz changed her mind about running for gov, screwing Blondin, who had been assured by SB she would not do that. But it wasn't until yesterday with the double whammy of the Malloy people getting the final vote changed AND JDS shafting Blondin on LG that I think I finally get it. Blondin supporters are now heading over to the Malloy camp, and DM is cruising toward an easy victory in August. As for Blondin, I'm not sure that she wants any part of either campaign- it was pretty disgusting watching the Malloy people scrounge for vote changers.

TrueBlueCT said...

Blondin is a nice woman, and a Party stalwart, but for the record, she never would have beat Andy Fleischmann, who was clearly the best person for the job.

Ned Flanders said...

While I do feel bad that DeStefano seemingly used Blondin for delegates in the 5th, what does it say about her that she was only helping him because he thought she was getting something out of it? It seems like she was going to back whichever candidate would announce her as an LG. If not, why was she supporting DeStefano? It obviously wasn't his stance on the issues, because those didn't change just because he picked Mayor Slifka.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Chris MC said: ...And, BTW, Chris Murphy is going to Congress next November, jerk...

He might; however one might consider two things prior to casting a strictly partisan vote.

1: Talk to Cheshire, Southington and Wolcott Democrats regardng his performance on the Southington Planning Board, and as both the 81st House and now 16th Senate office holder.

He doesn't call his own people back; ignores those that have helped him in the past. He casts people aside like yesterdays newspaper.

The saving grace to politics has always been, IMO at any rate, that it tends to be `warm blooded'. However both parties occasionally attract the wrong kind of people, those in the game for their own self-interest and not for any altruistic motives what-so-ever. Murphy is unfortunately one of "those". He does come across well - heck even I voted for him for PZC once.

2: Review Johnson's decades long record and see if she's as advertised by nut groups such as Moveon or far more moderate than that. (Many of the ultra-right, ultra-white David Duke faction of the GOP (only 2 or 3% in CT) refer to her as a "RINO". Some of us are trying to purge the party of them, not her.)

BTW - Chris Murphy is indeed a "jerk"; but I doubt that's what you meant in your original post.

-ACR

Mr X said...

New Haven and West Hartford are only 2 of 169 Municipalities in Connecticut.JDS lost the convention by using Litchfield County and sucking up to those sleazebags in West hartford.

Andy Fleischmann,Scott Slifka,Maureen Megnan et al...are all opportunity grabbers and I will be so glad when Slifka loses the primary to Glassman in August.

Mary Glassman will be a great Lt Governor and DM Will be a terrific Governor.They won Because they were honest and Because their supporters were full of energy and kept their focus.

I will be glad that Slifka will still be West hartford Mayor,Megnan Town Chair and Fleischmann will be State Rep for Life like Bob Farr was for 26 years

Chris MC said...

Ned -

What is more important is the way it contrasts the two gubernatorial candidates.

Malloy picked his running mate based on what she brought to governing, and her experience in Hartford. Clearly he selected a partner.

DeStefano tried to wheel and deal his way to the convention win. By promising the same thing to two people, and not informing the second place finisher until after the floor vote and change round had taken place, he showed that when push came to shove, well, you saw what happened.

Also, there are plenty of rank and file labor members and local leaders who would have supported Malloy. DeStefano managed to get the leadership to push everyone they could into DeStefano's column. And there were other deals cut without which Malloy would have certainly won decisively.

Malloy's victory was won by hard work, talent and passion, and that is why his grassroots supporters stayed solid and allowed him to close the gap on the floor.

Mr X said...

True Blue I wouldn't vote for anyone in West Hartford after Saturday's episode. Blondin would of trounced Fleischmann for SOTS But will never ever know now will we???