Thursday, May 18, 2006

Open Forum

Democratic convention starts tomorrow. I'll be there, covering the event. Whether I'll be able to live blog it, I have no idea. From what I've been able to find out, the CT Expo Center doesn't appear to have wireless. This is bad news for me and my aged laptop. If I can't blog live, I'll publish a report later Friday night.

Linda Roberts of East Windsor is running for treasurer. No mention of Frank Lecce in the article.

Democrats in the 2nd House District (Bethel, Redding, Danbury) are looking for a candidate. This race was decided by less than 50 votes last time around.

Rell should be announcing Michael Fedele's selection as her running mate sometime today.

What else is happening?

36 comments:

A Real Democrat said...

Interesting article in the Register today, Mayor defends deletion in report

Apparently New Haven (and therefore NH taxpayers) paid a consultant $22k, and then the mayor's office edited out a section calling for the city's top lawyer to be replaced. So much for open government.

That kind of "I make the decisions for you" leadership is not going to fly in the governor's office Mayor DeStefano. Frankly it reeks of John Rowland.

CTObserver said...

What's up with JDS and DM's choices for LG? There's got to be a lot of folks out there writing their speeches just in case. They must be promising it to a million folks just to grab a delegate or two.

Also, none of the names that are kicked around are 'A' list folks. Any thoughts out there on who might actually help these guys?

TrueBlueCT said...

I heard that there will be a last ditch effort to get Joe Lieberman to commit to the Democratic Party and its Primary. Some of our biggest Dems have a lot to lose if Joe makes a desperate and selfish Independent run....

CTOctaneBlue said...

The convention is going to be a very busy place Friday night, with changes to the platform, the Lamont/Lieberman fight, and DeStefano/Malloy working the crowd to see where they're at. As I said yesterday in the Rumors comments, I think that JDS is holding off on his LG choice because he is planning on asking DM to take the job once it becomes clear that DeStefano will win by a sizeable margin. Audrey Blondin is waiting in the wings to take the LG job for DeStefano if Malloy doesn't want it. Malloy hasn't announced his LG candidate, because frankly he does not have any obvious choices to add value to his ticket. Blondin would be a great LG choice for JDS.

Blondin and others from the 5th CD have been organizing a voting block of 39 towns (over 150 delegates, or 10% of the total delegates). They are planning on setting up a table in the Expo center as a base of operations. DeStefano's choice of Blondin as LG will secure most, if not all, of these 5th CD votes at the convention. If JDS does not choose Blondin, however, these votes could easily swing to Malloy. In the primary or general election, Blondin will work hard and use the political capital she built with her SOTS run to turn out extra votes for JDS, especially in the 5th CD where these votes are needed if JDS hopes to defeat Rell.

bluecoat said...

Morano must compete to keep job because he never was qualified to get it in the frst place if you ask me but that's not the reasoning of the CJC as you can see..

DCF can't account for 55 children in state care out of 6300 in their possesion and so in the tradition of taking no responsibility for anything that goes wrong DCF Commissioner Darlene Dunbar has created a 30-member task force to look into the issue of runaways almost when task froce member for every missing kid.

And our brilliant leaders onEnergy in CT

Wrath of Conn said...

ctoctane,

As was pointed out in the other thread, there is no way that DeStefano thinks for a second Malloy would take the LG spot. They've both said on record that they don't think it could happen.

Secondly, at this point it will be pretty much impossible for either candidate to "win by a sizable margin", especially DeStefano without any major cities besides New Haven. Not saying he can't win, just that he can't win big.

My money is still on Malloy. He's had the momentum for a couple of months now, and although DeStefano has picked it up, I think all his talk about having it locked are posturing.

bluecoat said...

almost ONE task force member for every missing kid. it should have said about Dunbar's latest debacle at DCF

Weicker Liker said...

At the Linda Roberts Presser, Frank Lecce was present and announced he was withdrawing his candidacy for Treasurer.

Presser should be archived on CTN.

disgruntled_republican said...

In the 7th Senatorial District Convention last night, John Kissel was selcted to run for re-election. No big surprise there but thought I would mention it.

Enfield_Dem said...

At the 7th Senatorial Convention on Monday May 22, Bill Kiner will be nominated at the Democrats Convention. Again, no big surprise there, I am really looking forward to the race!!!

BrassBoy said...

In the 16th Senatorial District Republican Convention last night, Sam Caligiuri was nominated to run for the open seat vacated by Chris Murphy. To say it was no surprise would be an understatement.

smalltowngirl said...

Can someone clarify. I have recieved information on parties from both the Lieberman campaign and the Malloy campaign about their parties - I think they are going to be in the same tent. It makes sense they share everything else - Roy, the DNC, republican values.

BRubenstein said...

Both democratic gubernatorial candidates are assessing right now how their LG choice effects there delegate situations....what the choice brings in delegates verses what they will lose in delegates from pissed off aspirants who werent selected..

In addition both candidates are assessing the other's possible choices and how they can " poach" delegates from their unsuccessful aspirants.

Brian Durand said...

smalltowngirl,

The Malloy campaign will have it's own tent. Please stop by!

bluecoat said...

GC: as a visitor, I just wanted to comment that I know you picked from the left and the right and the middle as you say to join your team but the past approach to 'fair and balanced' reporting of a story or stories upfront and than followed by analysis and opinion doesn't have to go out the window - it hasn't done that but I think from some comments you might consider better definition of your editorial policies.

laughin at lamont said...

It's all fun and games until someone picks on your candidate, eh?

Derby Conservative said...

JR Romano got the GOP for a rematch with freshman Rep. Linda Gentile. Romano certainly has the backing of the State Party and could take Ms. Gentile out since she's nothing but a Dem party hack. I believe that a fair caricature would be Ms. Gentile as Jim Amman's lapdog.

bluecoat said...

Every freaking city and town in Ct that has a ConnDOT train parking lot administers its permit progrma differently and Norwalk the process for each stop - Rowayton, South Norwalk,- is done differently butRowayton switches gears on parking plan because The DOT plans to make the distribution of train station parking passes uniform throughout the state it says but I'll beleive it when I see it.

ValleyGrrl said...

This Romano kid is a sawed-off little prick. He lost in an openseat race last time, and he's gonna get whacked again this time. Gentile is a lock in Ansonia, and Romano comes from Derby, which is only a sliver of the district. He's GOP staffer trying to cash in on his "title."

hageman said...

I have it on good authority that there's nothing "little" about his prick.

Derby Conservative said...

Please Valleygrrl, let's try to keep the posts professional. Calling Mr. Romano names lends nothing to the debate.

The fact is, Ms. Gentile should be worried. Mr. Romano would have won Derby by far more than 300 votes last time had the Democrat mayor not been making calls for Linda. With a Republican Mayor in Derby pulling for JR, you will see him win Derby by a landslide. Linda will have to do much better in her home city to make up the margin this time.

Rear_Admiral said...

I really like JR Romano. I think he'd make a fine state rep. His passion is palpable.

laughin at lamont said...

But he comes of as cocky and arrogant...

Derby Conservative said...

He may come off as a bit arrogant at times, but come on laughin, do you know any politicians that don't? He's a good guy with positive ideas on how to represent the people of the 104th, not tow the party line. Given the recent Republican tendencies in the Valley, he could easilly win this thing.

laughin at lamont said...

He could but he better become a little more humble. I do agree with valleygirl in that he puffs his chest out because he is ctgop staffer..like I care. If I was a gop staffer when the GOP has lost seats in both houses and has gone just about broke, I wouldn't tell a goddamned sole. He may get my vote but he has to change the attitude first.

Janet said...

I disagree completely. Gentile is a humble woman from a respectable backround who knows what it takes to represent a district adequately.

JR doesn't even live in the district and for political reasons he lists his parent's home as his residence.

The Architect said...

Romano definitely has a chance to knock off Gentile - losing by 300 votes in a district where he is outnumbered 5-1 in party reg? Romano is a force to be reckoned with - arrogant or not. Coming so close in a district with the odds stacked against him, he has the right to be proud. Voters clearly connected with him - isn't that what a State Representative is all about?

laughin at lamont said...

That's a bold accusation Janet. Do you know it to be true?

The architect-

Sure he can win but his head is so bloated it may not be the best thing for his district. Personally, I think he cares about himself and furthering his political career more than "connecting with voters" and representing them in Hartford.

CT_Defender said...

I highly doubt any of you really know him....I DO...He is great person who grew up in Derby went to Derby High School, his family has been of part of the Valley for years...so if gentile's camp wants to say he doesn't live in the district, i am sure he wants to have that argument...

CT_Defender said...

o and The architect

you might want to re-think that, Derby is the smallest city in the State of CT, where is he going, he could have ran for mayor, which would have paid more and brought up his profile...he didn't.

He just wants to serve...maybe he just scares Democrats...

bluecoat said...

Who cares about Derby!! Here is the latest from Bridgeport on the state race. As far as I can tell the reporter likes Republicans.

capecodder said...

Well here we go again. People blogging opinions that are filthy, unintelligent and have no basis in fact. Sounds like people from the valley. Thanks for showing your utter lack of self respect Valleygrrl. No one with decency and self respect talks the way you do. Take your teenie bopper backtalk chat somewhere else... no one cares.

The Architect said...

Romano has lived in Derby his entire life - his family spans multiple generations in town. He is connected to the community in a way few others are. If anyone can connect with the voters and knows the needs and desires of ALL of the people of Derby, it's JR Romano.

Wolcottboy said...

LOOKS LIKE A RACE IN THE 104th!!

-> climbs on top of his mountain and watches the fireworks fly through his binoculars.

Rear_Admiral said...

i love jr romano...he's the cat's ass

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

Okay... but seriously folks...

Ser. i. ous. ly.

Audrey Blondin???

She means well, but is a complete dolt. Her claim to fame so far is getting on camera for silly hats at our conventions.

I can't believe JDS would go there... especially if she's trying to hijack the slot by organizing the 5th CD... JDS shouldn't even THINK of rewarding that kind of behavior. He's already got the nomination. She adds nothing, and it's the 2nd CD that he needs to tap for the primary.

Don't forget your hat, Audrey.