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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Michelle Jacklin Leaving DeStefano Campaign

According to the excellent New Haven Independent, former Courant political columnist Michelle Jacklin is leaving the DeStefano campaign. She was hired as the policy director for the campaign.

Apparently there are no hard feelings:
"I'm leaving with the highest respect and admiration for the mayor [DeStefano]," Jacklin said. "It hasn't diminished at all." Said campaign spokesman Derek Slap: "Michele has been a strong, supportive, creative and wise leader in our operation. We are ahead because we are the campaign about ideas and Michele has led our efforts to keep ideas in the forefront." (Bass)
Anything I say here will probably get me in trouble--but I'm thinking she got while the getting was good. Could be something else entirely. I don't know. That's just what I think. We'll see if anyone else follows.

What's certain is that this is a loss for the DeStefano campaign.


Bass, Paul. "Jacklin Leaving DeStefano Camp." New Haven Independent. 25 May, 2006.


Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Whatever she's up to - I wish her the best of luck. She was certainly my favorite columnist at the Courant for a lot of years. I'll stop reading that paper if they cut loose Jeff Jacobs!

5/25/2006 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

what is the exact role of a policy director? this very well might be a stupid question. i never hear any talk about Malloy's policy director or Lamont's policy director. Is it a position every campaign has, but one that isn't talked about very much?

5/26/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger HealthcareNOW said...

does anyone know if michelle worked on develop destefano's universal healthcare plan?

5/26/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Not surprising at all. The revolving door on New Haven city hall must be so worn out its about to come crashing down. (How many spokesmen has this man had?) I don't see why the things would be any different for the campaign staff.

5/26/2006 01:14:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Now posting to answer my own question with old "New Haven Advocate" article.

Survival Rates: DeStefano Press Aides vs. Spinal Tap Drummers

5/26/2006 01:21:00 AM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...

More bad news for Mayor DeStefano in New Haven today: Mayor bets poor legal counsel cured Despite costly lapses in his office, New Haven’s top lawyer hangs on

City Hall had a consultant edit out of its final report on the troubled corporation counsel’s office a recommendation that the mayor replace its chief. Instead, in December, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. appointed Thomas Ude to another two-year term as the city’s top lawyer.

In the same month, a federal court jury slapped the city with a staggering $5 million in punitive damages for improperly suspending a police officer who arrested a Fair Haven minister with political ties to the mayor. It was the latest in a string of legal setbacks for the city.


5/26/2006 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger CTOctaneBlue said...

Despite the choice of Scott Slifka as LG, the DeStefano campaign has not been able to gain the support of the West Hartford delegates who voted for Malloy at the convention. This is infuriating both Kevin Sullivan and JDS, as they had planned that Slifka would be help draw support for JDS in the Hartford area, and be an effective fundraiser. Slifka continues to fail to gain the support of members of his own town committee, which reflects poorly on the DeStefano campaign. I have to agree with GC- The recent loss of Michelle Jacklin may indicate that campaign personnel realize that they are in big trouble, and should get out now.

5/26/2006 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

surprise surprise. Octane has bad things to say about Mayor Slifka. If John had only picked the savior that is Audrey Blondin, everything would be right with the world.

5/26/2006 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Thanks for posting the Ude piece, Wrath of Conn.

Gotta hate that. Not just because its a waste of taxpayer money, but when stuff like this goes down, the Republicans in Hartford seize on it as an example of how taxpayer money from all over the STATE is being wasted on the cities. The cities are dependent on state funding and stuff like this makes their case for more aid weaker.

5/26/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger narz said...

"We are ahead because we are the campaign about ideas and Michele has led our efforts to keep ideas in the forefront."

Wow, the DeStefano campaign really has their heads buried in the sand. They lost the Democratic party's nomination, and yet they are still walking around telling the press that they are ahead?

Does anyone wanna give Derek Slap a clue?

5/26/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Also, looks like Ude isn't the only embattled municipal counsel in Greater New Haven. Former Democratic state party chair Ed Marcus is also having a tough week:


5/26/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...


It's true. It also just reeks of arrogance. I've said this before, but one of the reasons I decided to support Malloy over DeStefano is the kind of "my way or the highway" leadership that has become the norm in New Haven. Without an opposition party, I think DeStefano has gotten away with this kind of government, but it just wouldn't fly on a statewide level (see: John Rowland).

5/26/2006 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

A Little Bit Dramatic,

As a Republican, I don't view the Ude article to support my position that the State wastes money on cities. I view it as another example of how inept Mayor DeStefano is as a leader; further validating my argument that he is not make a good governor.

5/26/2006 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...


Thanks! I can support that conclusion.

5/26/2006 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

A Little Bit Dramatic,

That does not mean that I would support Malloy in a general election. Remember, I am a Republican. I would like to see this State's politicians move away from corrupt and questionable practices. In recent years, too many politicians have chosen to walk a fine line with their practices...

5/26/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger Goon Squad said...

The past few months has been interesting for Mayor DeStefano's campaign staff.

The Campaign Manager gets demoted to Campaign Director, only to be replaced by a former city employee.

Another city employee goes from being the Spokesman for the city of New Haven, to being the Spokesman for Mayor DeStefano's Campaign for Governor.

And now a top level policy adviser walks away. Think there are any city employees that can replace her?

Truth Be Told........

5/26/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

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5/26/2006 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

I hear ya. Needless to say, my candidate of choice is Malloy. And I wonder how I would vote if the matchup is Rell-DeStefano. "Questionable practices" do raise a concern.

5/26/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Narz - they may have said they're ahead because they have a lead in the polls, more money, and the backing of organized labor.

The outcome of the convention is certainly a boost for Malloy - but the kind of boost that keeps him in the race. 4 votes at a convention does not make a mandate.

And as for the 'questionable practices' - wasn't Dan Malloy the candidate who had to suspend fundraising for well over a year because he and his city were under investigation?

5/26/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

Personally, I don't any candidate (from either party) should be commenting on another candidate's alleged "ethical" lapses. Each has come under fire at one time or another - whether justified or not.

5/26/2006 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...


I completely agree with you. It makes no sense to me why either candidate would bring ethical issues up during this race. All it does is allow Rell to sit back and watch while the Democrats tear themselves apart. You can't beat Rell by attempting to say that you are more ethical or trustworthy because, despite all of the Moody allegations, she is still seen as the nicest, most turstworthy lady in the world.

5/26/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...

mmmmm Jodi Rell,

They've also gotten beat by Malloy in every single quarter that both campaigns have actively fundraised, including the last 3 in a row, and declared victory for weeks leading up to a convention which they lost.

And not that it matters to you, but Malloy suspended fundraising for 6 months, not because he had to but because he chose to out of respect to the process. He was eventually clear of any and all wrongdoing... meaning he is completely clean.

5/26/2006 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

The Malloy invesitgation that uncovered nothing? That's an awfully high standard for impropriety, isn't it?
"We've conducted a full scale investigation and we've found that he's done nothing."
"Well, get him out of there! He's done nothing?! Impeach him! We can't have him as a executive officer in Connecticut! Think of our reputation!"

Seriously, though. I agree with TSCowperthwait. All three campaigns have come under fire and some of the allegations have been justified and some of them haven't. I used to live in New Haven and I trust John DeStefano least of the three, but that's not saying the other two are perfect little angels.

5/26/2006 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

Wrath of Conn,

Why do you always bring up the past 3 quarters, like that means anything in the end. It is like saying, "well, the Jets lost to the Pats, but they outscored them in the fourth quarter." I'm sure both candidates will be going on the air with their ad campaigns soon, and all of their hours of fundraising will pay off. And with $600k more in the bank, DeStefano will be able to buy more advertising. Malloy won the convention. That is a fact. DeStefano has more money than Malloy. That is a fact. It doesn't really matter why he has raised more money, because, truth be told, if Malloy did not suspend his fundraising I have no doubt he would be ahead of DeStefano, mostly because there is more money in Fairfield County than there is in New Haven. But fundraising was suspended and DeStefano will have more money in the end.

5/26/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

I wish Michelle Jacklin well wherever she goes.I think she will contribute more to the progressive part of the party as a top flight reporter then as a policy person in a campaign.

5/26/2006 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

I thought that the media was supposed to be non-partisan?

5/26/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

ctoctane blue..there isnt 1 delegate that came over from DM as a result of JDS selecting Slika?

In a prior post i said " Slifka doesnt bring anything..."

He can't fundraise either...

And...to all fellow progressives...Slifka is a DLC member

5/26/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...

The trend in fundraising is important because it shows momentum. You said DeStefano was "winning", and I'm saying that recent history says otherwise. I have no way of being sure, but every indication is that after next month's filing the total difference will likely be a couple hundred thousand, and less as the summer progresses. When you're talking about millions of dollars it will soon be a push as far as money-raised is concerned.

5/26/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Truth be told...

I had called for a wholesale revamping of the JDS staff some time ago...If he relies on the same incompetant staff and political operatives that brought him a loss at the convention, then he will be in trouble. To replace anyone leaving a major post with a city staffer is just wrong and creates a bad impression.

5/26/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Goon Squad said...

Some more troubling news out of New Haven.

From today's New Haven Register -

NEW HAVEN — A Superior Court judge ruled this week that the city’s longstanding hiring practices in the Fire Department violated the law.

In a nine-page decision, Judge Jon C. Blue determined that the city’s custom of holding pass-fail exams in the police and fire departments violated its own charter, and Blue barred it from the practice.

Why even have a city charter if you are not going to abide by it?

5/26/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger CTOctaneBlue said...

While I think Audrey Blondin would have been a great LG choice, that's over and done. I feel bad for her being used by the DeStefano campaign- thats why I'm no longer a fan of JDS. However, I also didn't like the way the Malloy staff went about getting votes switched at the convention. At this point I'm not for either candidate- I'm just going to call it like I see it.

I'm not sure on the exact numbers of West Hartford delegates who voted for DM and are now endorsing JDS. However, what is clear is that many of these delegates have not migrated to the DeStefano campaign, even though THEIR MAYOR got selected as the LG candidate! To me, that indicates that they have no confidence in JDS, and think that he will most likely not win the primary. I have no ill-will towards Scott Slifka- he seems to be a more like a pawn in a high stakes game between JDS and Kevin Sullivan.

5/26/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger CTOctaneBlue said...

I totally agree with Wrath of Conn- the momentum at this point, and the fundraising dollars, are going to Malloy.

5/26/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

A push? There was a $600,000 difference at the end of last quarter. And despite an outstanding quarter by the Malloy camp, they only gained something like 25 grand on DeStefano because they spent so much more than he did. $600,000 is a huge amount when you're talking about a campaign that has $1.4 million in the bank. I havn't taken a math class in a long time, but $600,000 is over 40% of what Malloy has. I have to imagine that both campaigns were forced to spend a lot of money on the convention, so I do not think the cash on hand has changed drastically in the past 2 months. Looking back at past history, DeStefano usually raises somewhere in the neighborhood of $350-$400k per quarter. If you include the month of July, you'd have to think he will raise at least $450k. Do you think Malloy is going to raise $1 million in 4 months? Maybe he will, i have no way of predicting fundraising numbers, but I believe last quarter was his biggest ever and it was around $575,000 I think. Plus his monthly expenses are clearly higher than DeStefano's. Quarterly numbers were important in the past because you're right, they do show momentum. But that is because there isn't much else going on to use as a barometer of how things are going. But in the end, DeStefano will wind up with more money, and a few hundred thousand dollar difference is hardly a wash when you're talking about TV time.

5/26/2006 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...

If you read my comment, I said it would likely be a $200,000 difference, and less going into the summer. By that point they'll both have raised over 2 mill, remember.

You know what? I'll take it one step further. Everything I heard out of the convention was that DeStefano spent a ton more than Malloy. He had more parties, he had a marching band, etc (also let's not forget all the great mailers predicting victory like we saw posted on this blog). I think the amount of money he put into trying to win the convention will have narrowed the gap that it will be pretty much dead even cash-on-hand by July.

5/26/2006 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger dynamo said...

Wow. I guess this is just the nature of bad news? Whenever there's a departure all the people that hate that campaign come out and try to knock it around... Honestly, I'm not exactly sure I care about this race, but from all accounts Destefano's still got the labor support and the money lead. Sure Malloy got the convention boost, but I'm thinking that it'll be a lot different when you let the people vote instead of the politicians.

5/26/2006 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Don't forget that the marching band that he had at the convention was from a New Haven public school.

5/26/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

Did he really have a marching band? The GOP convention had none of that...I don't care where the band was from, that's just fun!

5/26/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

CTOctaneBlue- I was at the convention and I saw no Malloy staffers forcing people to change their votes. How can you force someone to change their votes anyways? It's your choice who you vote for!

What I DID see at the convention were DeStefano supporters trying to vote for delegates who were absent! Those cities had their votes challenged and changed as a result, because of this.

5/26/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

3 things,

Both campaigns have actually raised well over $2 million. The numbers we are talking about are cash on hand, which is what really matters at this point.

I have no idea how much either campaign spent on the convention, but I do know that Malloy was sending mailers out as well. You may be right about the parties, bands etc. I wasn't there so i have no idea. But cash on hand come July might be irrelavent if the candidates start buying ad space in June. If DeStefano has more money, he will be able to go on TV earlier, which can make a big difference. Os if cash on hand is identical at the start of July, but DeStefano has been on TV for 2 weeks, then DeStefano will be ahead.

You, and others, have sent many times that, "they've also gotten beat by Malloy in every single quarter that both campaigns have actively fundraised". This is wrong. I looked it up on the SoS website. In the 2nd quarter of '04, Malloy raised $400,485. DeStefano raised $481,638. I am unsure when Malloy stopped fundraising, but it showed that in the 3rd quarter he raised $213,107 while DeStefano raised $422,944. He may have stopped raising, but it does show that he received contributions throughout the quarter, with the last check coming on September 30th, the last day of the quarter. Either way, you are lying and you should apologize.

5/26/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

TSCowperthwait- actually the marching band was anti-climatic. They just walked through the Expo Center one time, and only the drums played. It was rather quick and anti-climatic. They didn't even play a song -- they just had some drums. I never really understood why the horns didn't play at all -- the horn players just marched along while holding their instruments

5/26/2006 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Gentlemen...the cash on hand and who leads in the end of June doesnt matter, though it will be an indication of " movement" to a small degree.

In a prior posting I laid out the likely primary numbers.

The key issue going forward( but not the only issue) to the primary is just how hard will labor work for JDS and how effiently will that work be?

Once again....assuming a 40-50% democratic turnout ( there is no prior history for turnout in August)there will be turnout of about 300,000 votes. Organized labor has 350,000 total members of which 40% are republicans,meaning that there are 210,000 unionized democrats who could vote. assuming the same 40-50% turnout, it means labor will turnout about 90,000 or so total union democrats in the August primary..or about 30% of the grand total voting in August. If they go for JDS by 2/1 ( see curry v larson in 1994) then DM must get about 60% of the remaining 210,000 voters ( 300,000 total voting less 90,000 voting labor dems)in order to win.That is going to be hard to do..but it is doable.

5/26/2006 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

For obvious reasons, I was not at the Democrat Convention. However, I have heard from several delegates allegations of Malloy staff offering concessions to towns to change votes. You can't "force" someone to change a vote, but you can put undue pressue upon them to do so; particulary, if you make some sort of an offer that you will do X for that delegate's town in exchange for their vote. I am not accusing anyone of doing this, just setting out the way I heard it actually played out from friends.

Janet -- That is anti-climatic. If you're going to bring a band -- let 'em play all day long (like at a college football game).

5/26/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

TSCowperthwait-- Yeah, I don't know if any Malloy staffers were doing that, I personally didn't see it, but I'm sure that every single candidate who has ever run for any kind of office in the world and had an opponent has done that. You don't think that DeStefano people were doing that? That's how all candidates across the board get votes.

5/26/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Maybe Malloy didn't spend any money on the convention because he split the cost of his tent with his buddy Joe Lieberman.

5/26/2006 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger TSCowperthwait said...

Janet - You've got it right. It happens everywhere. I didn't hear about JDS staff doing it because it sounds like they folded uo their tent prematurely. I'm sure it would have happened at the GOP Convention too if there were multiple nominees.

5/26/2006 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Wrath of Conn said...

mmmm Jodi Rell,

I checked and you're right, there was one full quarter back in 04 where DeStefano did edge out Malloy. It was an error on my part, I certainly was not knowingly lying (and frankly there is no reason to get nasty). My point about momentum in the past 3 quarters stands.

Finally, since you're so into being factual, the Malloy campaign did not split any cost with the Lieberman campaign. There was a minor hoopla over this, but it's been explained on this site and others that both campaigns rented tent space for different times from State Central. The fact that they were given the same physical tent does not mean they "split" any cost with one another.

5/26/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Rell is Going Down -

It is not a lie, no apology required.

Malloy has won every quarter he has actively campaigned. Until his campaign was suspended, he was the clear odds-on favorite to win the nomination.

Without the totally false and politically motivated allegations that forced Morano to undertake that investigation, Malloy would probably have had it locked up before Thanksgiving, in my opinion.

You're welcome to keep harping on the verities of Democratic handicapping, but let's not lose sight of the fact that Malloy is the better choice.

Certified squeaky clean by a full and comprehensive investigation of his tenure as Mayor by the Chief State's Attorney. Victorious in at every turn since last August, including the stunning upset last Saturday. And, their leadership notwithstanding, the preference of many rank-and-file union men and wonmen in this state.

JD will be sustained for a time by the advantage gained because of his opponent's temporary weakness and the support of those who still believe in machine politics, but on August 8 talent, hard work, and passion will carry the day.

5/26/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

I post my comment . . . then run back to see everything I missed.

Its amazing that the DeStefano bashing has gotten to the point where people are making fun of the marching band. Come on, we can't come up with anything better than that?

5/26/2006 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger CTOctaneBlue said...

Janet- yes I didn't say that the Malloy staffer's "forced" anyone to change their vote- obviously that would have been illegal! You can read my post again- "I also didn't like the way the Malloy staff went about getting votes switched at the convention." Following the first vote, the DeStefano people left the convention and headed out to the rental-RV to prepare the acceptance speech! The Malloy people, on the other hand, flooded the convention floor and swarmed over delegates who they perceived might switch their votes. Obviously, it worked- Malloy won the second round of voting, and was declared the nominee. TSC is correct- the Malloy people were making offers to delegates in exchange for votes. I have no idea what those might be, other than "favorable considerations" if DM won the convention, primary, general election, etc. But I suppose that's how politics work!

5/26/2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

oops, addressed to the wrong person - sorry about that.

5/26/2006 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Chris....while i admire your spinmeister abilities my analysis is scientific and not " handicapping" without history,authority or evidence.

The issue bofore DM is this;

Can DM stop JDS from making his campaign the priority for labor.DM's task will be to ensure JDS not getting the AFL endorsement in June. If there is no endorsement then each union may endorse on its own and work for a candidate of it's choice. Then DM's task would be to obtain union endorsement's or blunt JDS from getting individual union endorsements. Until we see how it all plays out...your stuff is merely spin.The key for you and others is to check with the unions and see which way they are going..i know i am.

5/26/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Bruce -
Heh. Like you're the only one who's thought of that.


My remark wasn't addressed to you, BTW, but handicapping isn't just making stuff up out of thin air. What you are doing is handicapping - that isn't a criticism at all. I have genuine respect for your knowledge of the union end of things, in fact. Always have.

Not everything I post is a vicious personal assault on you. ;-)

5/26/2006 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Rell is going down said...

Chris MC,

Dan Malloy was actively raising in the 2nd quarter of '04. http://cfisct.sots.state.ct.us/servlet/com.cfis.control.CFISTotalStatementReportServlet. DeStefano outraised him by $81,000 and if you look at Malloy's contributions, the bulk of them came in at the very end of the quarter. Just admit that you're wrong and move on.

5/26/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

rell is going down -
yeah, it was a minor oversight, you're right. it wasn't a lie is all. and beyond the money I can tell you that things were moving DM's way back then...

but you're right also in that what was going on back then is of little consequence. what is really important is what has happened since that filing.

moving right along....

5/26/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Chris..i respect your abilities and i dont ever take what you post as an assault on me.YOu have a valid point of view and want to share it and so do i.

I think what you post is what you believe, backed up by evidence sometimes and sometimes " spin"..but hey thats ok we all do it.

Once again..i am not handicapping out of then air...those facts,figures and numbers are researched and are tried and true.

5/26/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger TrueBlueCT said...

You wrote: Finally, since you're so into being factual, the Malloy campaign did not split any cost with the Lieberman campaign. There was a minor hoopla over this, but it's been explained on this site and others that both campaigns rented tent space for different times from State Central. The fact that they were given the same physical tent does not mean they "split" any cost with one another.

I don't know what to make of that statement! Why would State Central have given Malloy a much larger, and much more visible tent than DeStefano's? Was Nancy DiNardo also responsible for throwing Lamont in the back? I hope some reporter will look into the arrangement, because I smell something not quite right. (The chairwoman should always remain neutral.)

The simpler explanation might be that Malloy and Lieberman did share the expense of their big tent. But if you are right, and DiNardo was involved in the arrangement with the Roy Ochiogrosso team, --it's problemmatic and deserves an investigation.

5/26/2006 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Malloy's tent didn't look any larger or "more visible" than DeStefanos to me. They looked equal...

5/26/2006 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

yep, Bruce - that is what I meant. all's cool here...

5/26/2006 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Trueblue...Trumbull's delegates ( Nancy DiNardo = long time town chair) went to Lieberman in total without even 1 to Lamont..and i seem to remember that Trumbull went for DM as well. Her closest political allies traditionally have been the town chair of Stamford,and whoever is running Bridgeport ( she was a paid city emplyee for years..now retired..and..there are other relationships)

5/26/2006 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

TrueBlue - remember back before DiNardo had had the opportunity to do her job properly, when all the Lamont supporters here were braying about how she was going to rig things for Lieberman this way or that, like not having the Guber vote last on the agenda, per SOP?

Then of course there was nothing to all that, and what? Not a peep of acknowledgement. Can we give it a rest now, please, unless someone actually has some shred of something resembling a factual basis for these allegations? Otherwise they are pretty scurrilous.

Bruce - similarly, check your facts about Trumbull's Guber vote - at least one that I know of personally was going for DeStefano. If that one or others changed, find out why instead of immediately implying that Nancy DiNardo did something quesionable.

In Newtown, all but me went for JD in part because of who has influence around here. So what? Even if DiNardo supported a candidate in her local DTC, that is a far cry from what has been repeatedly, and without any basis, been alleged around here.

Let's move on, unless someone has something of substance.

5/26/2006 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Janet - where you at the convention? I stopped by on Friday night to see meet up with some friends before going out in Hartford. I wasn't a delegate and didn't get inside. But I'll tell you something - JDS had two smaller tents next to each other, Ned's tent was behind JDS's tent in a terrible location, and the Lieberman/Malloy tent was out in front, bigger than all the rest.

So thats just not factual, can anyone else attest to that?

5/26/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

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5/26/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Mmmm Jodi Rell-

Oh, I wasn't there on Friday. I was only there on Saturday. Both tents looked equal on that day.


5/26/2006 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Chris,Chris,Chris...Fact..Trumbull went for Lieberman and DM...Fact..So did bridgeport and Stamford...Fact..Nancy DiNardo was a long time city employee of Bridgeport ( her other relatives are active there)...Fact...SHe publically committed to Lieberman before the convention, breaking historical" neutrality" that was common for party chairs....Fact...Her closest political allies have traditionally been the Stamford town chair and whoever is running Bridgeport.which leads me to conclude...Lamont sat in the back of the JJB and his tent in the back was well because DiNardo didnt want to give him exposure.

Because of the above..i conclude she was all along for Lieberman and DM..and will take the fall if the Democrats dont do well in November.

5/26/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Bruce, Bruce, Bruce - the sky is blue, water is wet, rocks are hard, Nancy DiNardo comes from where she comes from. Again, she did nothing to rig the convention in Lieberman's favor. As to the tent situation - I have to grant that I wondered where Lamont's tent was when I got there. But as to why things went that way - all you're offering, counselor, is circumstantial evidence and jumping to conclusions. It is a waste of time at best is all I'm saying.

I haven't heard a peep of complaint from Swan or anyone actually connected with the Lamont campaign about how the convention was conducted, BTW. If you have, who said what, exactly? I think they had their eyes on the ball and focused on what mattered, not this stuff.

5/26/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Chris MC, BDR:

Call me a neutral observer on this one, as I am hardly a Dem (and BDR and I seldom agree), but I'm gonna go with Cousin Brucie on this one.

I have noted before that Nancy "Spider-Hole" DiNardo gives props on the Connecticut Dems site to every candidate except Lieberman and Lamont -- it's as if she wants to pretend there is no such thing as a Senate primary in Connecticut.

Hardly what I -- as a neutral observer -- would call impartial.

5/26/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Durand said...


Really hate to stop the conspiracy theories, because this is sort of funny, but...

Our campaign rented the tent we used from the Expo Center's tent vendor. We chose to rent a tent for less time than other campaigns may have (as you've noted, Mayor DeStefano's campaign opted to have a tent for all of Friday and Saturday). The same tent vendor rented tent space to Senator Lieberman's campaign. Yes, it was the same tent, but no, there were no sharing of costs, or any tent-related commmunications between the two campaigns. Likewise, State Central did not give any campaigns space over others.

To summarize: There was absolutely no split costs between the two campaigns. The vendor simply rented us the same space at a different time.

Sorry to ruin all the fun though! ;)

5/26/2006 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

I heard the tent vendor in question does work for Halliburton!!!

5/26/2006 06:15:00 PM  

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