Tuesday, May 09, 2006

O'Connor Doesn't Want to be Rell's Lt. Gov.

This from the Danbury News-Times:
U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor has asked not to be on the list of potential Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, according to source close to O’Connor.

The source said O’Connor, a Republican, has asked the campaign of Gov. M. Jodi Rell not to put him on the ticket for the 2006 election.

O’Connor, who has prosecuted a string of public corruption cases in the state, has been one of a handful of Republicans consistently mentioned to be in the running for the number two spot on the Republican ticket. (Lucas)

Huh. I wonder why?

The story also mentions the sorts of GOP Lt. Gov. possibilities we've been kicking around here for months, although I don't think Ward is a serious choice.

I have a feeling we'll find out early on the day of the convention--and it'll be someone we've never heard of.

Source

Lucas, Fred. "U.S. Attorney says he doesn’t want Lt. Gov. job." Danbury News-Times 9 May, 2006.

51 comments:

truth squad said...

George Gallo and the State Republicans are praying that Lamont beats Lieberman in the upcoming primary so that O'Connor can jump in the Senate race.

Poli101101 said...

I believe Rep. Ray Kalinowski (R-100th District) will be asked to be the Rell's running mate. He has never lost an election and will bring with him two major cities--Middletown and New Britain. He served on the Governor's impeachment panel and is regarded as the most trustworthy and personable Representative in Hartford. His past experience as a Secret Service Agent will only help improve Rell's already squeaky clean image.

I Hate Immigrants said...

Prediction:

GOP U.S. Senate frontrunner Paul Streitz will be selected as Rell's LG, in order to shore up her numbers with white people.

BRubenstein said...

GC there is no news here....the us attorney's job that he has...has alot more autonomy and freedom...he is only answerable to the Dept of Justice...and the judges,...and is paid more money as well...he is his own boss and if he was LT GOV his boss would be Rell...if i was him id do the same thing.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I saw the Lamont mailer that Aldon has posted in the Comments section of the Myleftnutmeg post. I guess Lamont is serious about getting that Senate trophy to add to his case.

I was particularly impressed that he is going after Lieberman's record (with citations) rather than appealing to emotion...Oh wait.

I will now officially withdraw my previous statement that I though Lamont was a nice guy.

I guess thats what happens when you have Republicans running your campaign.

disgruntled_republican said...

i hate immigrants...

I hope your post was a joke. If not:

1st, Thanks for the ignorant comment.

2nd, The fact that you call Streitz the frontrunner is more than laughable...

Ned Flanders said...

If IHI's comment was not a joke, that will be the end of my short lived career at CT local politics.

Wrath of Conn said...
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Wrath of Conn said...

News in West Hartford is that Mayor Scott Slifka will be John DeStefano's running mate. Apparently part of DeStefano's deal with Kevin Sullivan was that he would have first refusal of the LG spot, and if he did refuse could pick the candidate. So there you go.

What's interesting here is that we were hearing so recently about the short list including people like Audrey Blondin. If Slifka is the choice so quickly, this could be a real slight on others who thought they were actually being considered.

MightyMouse1 said...

Funny, I hear Jim Maloney around here for the running mate spot.

MightyMouse1 said...

Wrath, I hear Slifka is a pretty well liked young guy. But what makes you think that DeStefano would give Kevin Sullivan that much of a say in his choice?

BRubenstein said...

Wrath..solid reasoning there...and what did Slifka bring with him? I hear the West Hartford Delegation is pretty much 50/50...

ALittleBitDramatic said...

Len WOULD have been a good choice, but I think the RICO investigation ended that possibility.

I'd guess it'd be Tony G.

Wrath of Conn said...

MightyMouse,

I think that at the time, the DeStefano campaign probably thought the Sullivan endorsement was going to be a much bigger deal than it turned out to be, and was willing to make that promise for his endorsement. Not that Sullivan isnt a big name, but my perception is they didn't get the bounce from him they thought they would, as many Democrats think he is a bit, well... lets just say past his prime.

Again, this is just the rumor I'm hearing and my take on it. Seems to make sense though.

bluecoat said...

The News Times story says that O'C was appointed by GWB, which means he was put in that job by John Rowland. Anybody that watched the corruption investigation knows that O'C was hands off Rowland untill the fire got to hot. Even Ashcroft came to visit Johnny when the press was breathing down his neck. It isn't that O'C was part of Rowland's corrupt coterie; it's just his lack of ability to see the obvious and his lack of qualifications to be the lead fed prosecutor for CT - Rowland appointed people who were not the best as a matter of course. CT politicians like to think, or at least spin, that corruption is really bad here but when you put it in perspective that Rowland was akin to a big city mayor or county executive in many other states; this stuff is chump change. And if O'C couldn't beat Larson for a House job, it's doubtful he could beat Joe or Lamont for a Senate job - they are both smarter and more well versed on the issues than O'C and his mightier than though approach.

Thomas Craven said...

All this news of Lt. Gov. selection is really interesting.

Ive been wondewring alot lately if my mayor, DeStefano, will announce his LG candidate before the convention?

Seeing how all of this is playing out, I’d guess he won’t. It sounds like he’s playing West Hartford (which he desperately needs) against people in Litchfield County (who he also needs!).

I’ve also heard that Audrey Blondin knows she might be getting played, and will jump ship if it goes the other way, and ditto for West Hartford.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

I think thats being a little unfair to the Lt. Gov - he was an able legislator and a good leader of the Senate Dems until the 'elevation' to his current position.

I think we can all admit that the LG position is somewhat impotent and that Kevin Sullivan would rather be head of the Senate Dems again - if he was the President Pro Tem and he'd endorsed DeStefano, it'd be a relatively significant endorsement, don't you think?

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

Actually, if you read the article GC cites, you will see he recussed himself from the Rowland thing because his wife was a member of Rowland's legal team, an abvious conflict.

While I agree he couldn't beat Lieberman, I think he would have a shot vs. Lamont. And using a race against Larson as a guage is not fair in a District OVERWHELMINGLY Democrat...

MightyMouse1 said...

The DCCC is now removing names from it's "Red to Blue" targeted list according to The Hill. This move makes the DCCC look like an organization without a plan. There are no CT names on the removed list, but it shows that the Beltway insiders are up to the same disorganized games that gave the House to the GOP in the first place.

bluecoat said...

He only recused himself from the Rowland "thing" when it was Rowland himself that became a "target" of the investigation. Prior to that when the feds were looking at Ellef, Sylvester and the rest of them, Rowland was "not a target" and O'Connor was on the case. Rowland should have been a target much sooner than he was and had that happened he would have been stopped earlier and prosecuted for morre than just taking honest services form the people. He almost got off scott free - the case was weak because rowland was hands off.

FrankS said...

Tony Guglielmo or Ray Kalinowski have got to be Rell's choice, both are well liked and would not upstage her.

BRubenstein said...

Truthsquad...you are in error...if Lamont beats Joe the Republican convention will already have happened and endorsed someone ( probably sclesinger) whom i would bet wouldnt step aside for O'Connor.

ctkeith said...

Does anyone have the dates for the Lieberman/Farrell Iraq War Debates?

http://www.westport-news.com/ci_3805465


Hows that endorsement of Joe worling out Diane?

ctkeith said...

Does anyone have the dates for the Lieberman/Farrell Iraq War Debates?

http://www.westport-news.com/ci_3805465


Hows that endorsement of Joe working out Diane?

bluecoat said...

I'd say the endorsemant of Joe is working out just as fine as Diane's mentor, Chris Dodd, expected it would.

truth squad said...

Bruce, you should look closer at George Gallo's, Republican Party Chairman, comments. thats exactly the play. If Joe loses, it's O'Connor for Senate

bluecoat said...

Rich Santorum and Ted Stevens will not play well to the purple state of CT.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

There goes CTkeith after Democrats again! Bruce didn't you support Joe back in 80 when he ran for Congress? Better watch out because CTkeith will be after you!

I think Slifka would be an odd choice, he was Bysewicz's campaign manager for a while, and he was with Malloy prior to the Sullivan endorsement of Destefano.

KerryGuy said...

Slifka was Bysewicz's chief of staff in the SOTS office, not on the campaign. But I agree , he would not be the best choice for the job.

Wrath of Conn said...

mod.dem,

Personally, what I think is more interesting is that DeStefano may be using an unfortunately all-too-common political tactic of promising the world to everyone for their support. As I mentioned before, I think there's a good chance that Audrey Blondin and others think they are getting that LG spot, and might not find out that isn't the case until May 20. Remember, the LG nomination comes AFTER the Gubernatorial one. If they do find out earlier that they arent the choice, how will it affect the convention?

All speculation, but interesting stuff.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I agree its interesting. I understand the lure to the Destafano campaign of the "promise everything" strategy especially with momentum seemingly going the other way. Im not entirely sure thats what is goin on, but or not, but if it is, it will be interesting if Malloy goes the other way and announces his LG. Sort of a "this is the best person for the job and i'm picking him/her for that reason and that reason alone" approach. Sort of a act like a front runner and people treat you like one strategy.

(I never why they didn't do it anyway, I'm sure they could use another canidate on the phone calling delegates)

BRubenstein said...

mod dem..i dont remember whether i was even active in that race 25 years ago..sorry pal.

Weicker Liker said...

If I were a Republican delegate to the State Convention in New Britain, I would be asking for a commitment from Alan Schlesinger and Paul Streitz that they will be the Party nominee through the election.

George Gallo has sent signals that essentially will put Schleisinger and Steitz's integrity on the line, should Lamont defeat Lieberman.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

I don't think people are flocking to DeStefano because he's 'promising everything' to everyone. It might be because he's a better candidate. What places Malloy above that kind of behavior?

Weicker Liker said...

And folks, remember this.

Alan Schlesinger backed out of a potential primary against Mark Nielsen at the behest of John Rowland.

GOP Chairman Chris DePino dangled Schlesinger a non-paid party legal counsel post.

Wonder what will buy off Schlesinger this time, in the case that he wins the nomination and gets begged off should Ned Lamont win?

TSCowperthwait said...

WL,

I am noticing a trend that you are not that high on Schlesinger. I must admit, I don't know a lot about him but those are pretty strange suspicions you have that he would bail out so easily.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I re-read this thread, wow can I not spell today. sorry for the mutalation of the english language that you all have witnessed today!

bluecoat said...

If Schlesinger is all about what he says on his webpage, he's not about much. But maybe he is just getting started. He seems to me more like a staffer than a Senator.

Thomas Craven said...

I don't think people are flocking to DeStefano because he's 'promising everything' to everyone. It might be because he's a better candidate. What places Malloy above that kind of behavior?

not to be rude, but let's play in reality shall we?

In the latest Q-Poll which was released the first week in May, Mayor DeStefano lost 6 points in a head-to-head matchup with Mayor Malloy, while Mayor Malloy gained 5 points.

And that was in the 2 1/2 months since the previous Q-Poll from the middle of February.

Please, for the sake of everyone here, dont use the term "flocking to" and "Destefano" in the same sentance anymore.

2indaPink said...

If Schlesinger's level of credibility is gauged by the quality of his website, then I woudl rate him somewhere between naval lint and 'taint-sweat. It looks like a cheap porn site (and I know cheap porn sites)--you almost expect to click on a link and see Alan pop-up wearing nothing but a banana-hammock, smuggling plums.

bluecoat said...

What's a high class porn site look like? And do you have any links?:))

Weicker Liker said...

TS...

My suspicions about the GOP's intentions were confirmed by George Gallo's comments about the Senate piece in Roll Call last week.

Schlesinger has as much personality and charisma as a brick wall.

Weicker Liker said...

TS...Let me re-write...

My suspicions about the GOP's intentions were confirmed by George Gallo's comments about the Senate Race in the Roll Call piece last week.

Schlesinger has as much personality and charisma as a brick wall.

Weicker Liker said...

There will be great theatre tonight at the 1st District Republican Convention tonight in West Hartford.

Elmwood Community Center, New Britain Avenue, 7 PM.

I am sensing a number of Republican Delegates will vote for the "carpetbagging" Miriam Masullo of New Canaan as their candidate to run against John Larson.

Scott MacLean, who has been campaining for the seat for a year, will have his hands full.

Masullo has told my sources that she does not plan to move to the 1st District and continue to live in New Canaan (75 miles from Hartford).

Its a shame if the delegates choose her again. She was the party nominee in 2002, but was soundly defeated by Phil Steele in a Primary.

Masullo says she has $200K to put into the race.

Makes one wonder if she didn't spend money in 2002 and in her quioxic run against Senator Dodd in 2004, why is this year any different?

CTN wil tape the event for later broadcast.

disgruntled_republican said...

wl-

Schlesinger has said he will not drop out. As for his website...it is pretty bad but it just started. I can think of many other sites that stunk when they just started.

OK, I'm off to see Movin Out...have a blast all...I sure will (even with the Red Sox and Yankess playing tonight).

TrueBlueCT said...

Slifka is a DLC guy, and I'd be surprised if DeStefano taps him as his Lieutenant. (but I'm the naive guy who still thinks principle and ideology should still be relevant).

BRubenstein, what say you on this? Slifka is seemingly well liked. Where does he really stand.

And I am sick and tired of our Party "triangulating" in the face of Republican aggression.

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MightyMouse1 said...

"And I am sick and tired of our Party "triangulating" in the face of Republican aggression."

The alternative for 20 years has been lose and cry about it.

Maybe it is not triangulating, but simply taking good ideas and making them Democratic ideals?

Wolcottboy said...

Rell- Blumenthal '06

larson disliker said...

Who is your source Weicker Liker?

CTYK said...

weiker liker better start asking WFSB TV where maclean comes from and what is he doing in the GOP and how much truth is his campaign all about