Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Rumors...

Yes, there will be a press conference with Senate President Don Williams and John DeStefano this afternoon at 3:30 in the LOB.

I have no idea what it's about--the advisory just says "Two days before Democratic convention, DeStefano and Williams to make campaign announcement," (the DeStefano campaign likes to mess with us). My gut tells me it's just an endorsement, but we'll see.

DeStefano/Williams, if true, might be enough to swing the convention DeStefano's way. An endorsement probably won't.

25 comments:

bluecoat said...

Who would be in line to take Williams leadership job?

KerryGuy said...

Why in God's name would Williams jump from a position of power to one that is, at best, a figurehead? If Williams wanted to go anywhere, he would have been better off challenging Simmons for Congress. All Williams need to is look at Sullivan, and that alone should dissuade him of signing on as an LG. It's lose-lose, because in either case he becomes irrelevant.

bluecoat said...

I thought Sullivan was irrelevant because he was a Democrat. Your guy, John Kerry, used the LG job to launch his campaign to go to DC.

Genghis Conn said...

KerryGuy: I have no idea.

Really. It boggles the mind.

disgruntled_republican said...

It's just an endorsement...has to be. He isn't listed on either candidate's website yet and no way he would esentially take a demotion.

Janet said...

Yeah, it's just an endorsement. There's no way Williams would accept the Lt. Gov. job.

Genghis Conn said...

That's what I figure, DG. He has way too much to lose.

This isn't the first time the DeStefano campaign has done this. There was a press conference with Kevin Sullivan a while ago that people thought was the real thing--which also turned out to be an endorsement.

He's like the boy who cried "lieutenant governor."

BRubenstein said...

Dear GC..let me give you some reality here...most delegates listen first to their town chair and/or mayor before listening to a senator...so i doubt williams comes with many delegates. I suspect, as i said months ago ( and in which you disagree) that JDS will be the endorsed candidate.

I agree with those that said its probably an endorsement and not an announcement of a LG candidate for the reasons mentioned previously.

disgruntled_republican said...

BRubenstein-

Whats you take on the talk about JDS trying to have Hartford's delegates decertified?

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled..i know about that.

There are two aspects to the challenge to Hartford's delegates. One aspect is that it will seal the deal for the convention endorsement to JDS. The second aspect is one of internal Hartford politics. There is a good faith political dispute between Mayor Perez on one side and State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez,Ramon Arroyo and former deputy mayor and statewide political operative Nick Carbone on the other. The challengers must exhaust their administrative remedies first ( by way of a state central hearing) and upon losing at state central a possible filing for a restraining order in court, based upon possibly a violation of the constitutional rights of hartford democrats on due process or and/or equal protection grounds.

As i understand it..state central ruled the other day that the hartford town chair's delegate composition was proper...we will wait and see what develops from the other side, but bear in mind that they have the burden of proof here as there is a presumption ( rebutable though) that the process used by the hartford town chair was legitimate.

disgruntled_republican said...

Thanks for the skinny. You do have to admit, if it winds up being decertified it looks bad for JDs to outsiders who vote.

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled..I do indeed agree...the tactic used in Hartford was not smart and if they take it to Court and lose the DM folks will use it to gain delegate support claiming the JDS Hartford folks are " sour grapes" etc.

A court challenge is very very risky for JDS especially since i calculate that he will win the endorsement ( closely though) and its not the smartest move in the political world to go in Court with the odds against you and in which your candidate is leading closely.

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled..I do indeed agree...the tactic used in Hartford was not smart and if they take it to Court and lose the DM folks will use it to gain delegate support claiming the JDS Hartford folks are " sour grapes" etc.

A court challenge is very very risky for JDS especially since i calculate that he will win the endorsement ( closely though) and its not the smartest move in the political world to go in Court with the odds against you and in which your candidate is leading closely.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

You can see the new Lamont comercials are up (see ConnecticutBlog). First one with Markos (as we spoke about a few weeks ago) is pretty weak.

I'm a Lieberman guy, you know that, and while I don't agree with the message, I'll be the first to admidt the format of the second commercial is pretty clever.

TrueBlueCT said...

I'm not sure a challenge to Hartford's delegation looks that bad. As an outsider, my understanding is that Perez bent/broke the rules to get his way.

My bet is that a lot of people would side against Perez. No one likes Party machinations.

TrueBlueCT said...

mod.dem--
I liked the first commercial. Perhaps too cutesy, but all the people smiling? Nothing wrong with that.

The second one implies that even dogs don't like Lieberman. That's playing it pretty rough, isn't it!

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Trueblue- I disagree, people will see Destefano as cheating the system. I think Perez remains very popular around the state but regardless, I doubt very seriously that the story would be Perez caused the situation. The story would be Destefano "rigged" (for lack of a better term) the convention.

disgruntled_republican said...

TrueBlueCT-

I do not consider you an outsider as you post here regularly and know whats going on. I mean any neighbor who watches the news and votes. Something like this would be on the news for certain and they would not connect a court chanllenge to any party in fighting.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

TrueBlue-
The first one makes him look like he is running for Student Council President and should be shown on a schools morning access program.

The second, has a rough message. But the humorous way its presented takes the edge off of it. As I said, its pretty clever.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

...and I worry that it will be effective

Janet said...

I just listened to the press conference.

Williams endorsed Destefano.

When asked who will be his running mate, Destefano replied, "You'll know by Saturday at noon."

Genghis Conn said...

Sigh. Punked again.

CTOctaneBlue said...
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CTOctaneBlue said...

Why is JDS waiting until noon on saturday to announce his LG candidate? Here's a thought... he's planning on asking Malloy to take the job, once it becomes apparent that JDS is going to win the convention easily. Will Malloy accept? I'm not sure, but my gut feeling is no. That leaves Audrey Blondin as the most logical choice for the spot- she adds "value" to the ticket in both gender and regional diversity, not to mention her experience and political clout throughout the state.

A Real Democrat said...

There is absolutely no way DeStefano will win the convention easily. In fact, everything I'm hearing is that Malloy has the edge, slightly. All this bluffing by DeStefano is likely a bluff to try and feign a little momentum -- nothing you can hold against him but the idea that he KNOWS he has it right now just isn't true.