Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Town Chairs Call for Lt. Governor from Eastern Connecticut

Fifteen DTC chairs have signed a letter to Mayors DeStefano and Malloy asking them to consider a Lt. Gov. choice from eastern Connecticut.
We, the undersigned, are very concerned about the economic prospects for our state and in particular our towns and cities in eastern Connecticut. While prosperity has reached many parts of our state, for too long when it comes to sustainable economic development and modern transportation networks, eastern Connecticut has been left behind.

To ensure that the people and long-term interests of eastern Connecticut are remembered at the highest levels of state government, we encourage you to consider a person from eastern Connecticut for Lt. Governor. We also urge you to appoint a Cabinet level officer to be charged with developing and implementing economic growth and diversification plans for eastern Connecticut.

The letter is signed by the DTC chairs of fifteen eastern CT towns, stretching from Somers to Stonington.

The last Lt. Gov. candidate from this region was Joe Courtney in 1998. None few of the major possibilities mentioned for Democratic Lt. Gov. candidates this year are from east of the river (Patrick Tallarita is from Enfield--which just barely counts). If it is true that Gov. Rell has selected former Rep. Michael Fedele of Stamford as her running mate, both spaces at the top of the Republican ticket will once again be from the southwestern portion of the state.

12 comments:

disgruntled_republican said...

GC-

Tallarita is on the east side of the river and is in the 2CD which covers Eastyern CT. Not from the towns mentioned but closer than other to say the least.

Genghis Conn said...

Good point, although I've heard he's not really in the running. I could be wrong, though. I'll correct it.

bluecoat said...

They've got the casinos - what more could they possibly want?

CTOctaneBlue said...

At this point, the 5th CD is the only CD not represented on the state-wide ticket. The 2nd CD is represented by Nancy Wyman- why would you have two people from the 2nd CD and cut out the entire western and northwestern part of the state? Audrey Blondin would be a big boost to JDS, as he would get most if not all of the 41 towns of the 5th CD by selecting Blondin as LG. Plus Blondin brings a lot of delegates to DeStefano that he might not otherwise get, and she already ran a statewide campaign.

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mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I won't debate that the 5th CD needs representation. I just don't get the Blondin thing. Audrey is a sweet lady albeit a little crazy. But has she ever been anything other than a democratic activist and memeber of the state central committee? "She ran a state wide campaign"- for just a few months with only money she gave.

I personally can't stand Slifka, but I get the argument why he is a better pick than Audery. I'm just wondering, logically, if this is a logic to picking Blondin other than she is from Litchfield County.

KerryGuy said...

Don't forget that Slifka had a legal ethics issue with his former law firm, where he failed to disclose that an individual the firm was suing was a client on other matters. Not much for laypeople, but a huge conflict of interest problem for lawyers. The firm was also where John Kennelly hung his shingle until he was axed for a similar failure to fully disclose information.

CTOctaneBlue said...

Over the past two years, Audrey Blondin has really positioned herself to be the best choice for LG by DeStefano. Audrey was a selectman in Litchfield for 10 years, and is very well known and liked in the 5th CD. She has also worked hard as an activist for over 20 years for many state dems, and she ran the 5th CD for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004. She ran for SOTS for over a year, and was positioning herself as a front-runner until SB bolted from the gov race. Audrey gained a lot of credibility with state dems with all the time she put in visiting town committees during her SOTS run- this will translate into a big boost to DeStefano if he picks Audrey for LG. She will be a tireless worker for a campaign that will really need a it, if JDS expects to win against Rell in November.

disgruntled_republican said...

In all honesty, I think this is hysterical. Just a couple breaths ago, we were all saying how little the LG governor matters and now we have a post saying how valuable Blondin will be in terms of votes. With all due respect octane...while she make a difference in a primary, uit will have little to no impact on a general election. The LG is a part time largely ceramonial position. With the exception perhaps of Jim Calhoun or Geno Aureama, the LG pick won't make the difference you think it will in a general election.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

Thanks on the Blondin stuff- I knew of her party work, but didn't know she had ever been elected.

I did hear that Malloy has been talking to Calhoun about the LG spot...(jk)

Man in the Middle said...

There have been a number of letters of late in the Meriden Record Journal touting Meriden's Mayor Mark Benigni as a Lt Governor choice for Malloy, whom he supports. Meriden is in the 5th district, and always a strong Democratic enclave.

Progressive Patriot said...

I totally agree with CTOctaneBlue.
You better believe it, Audrey has had 30 years of being on the Connecticut political scene, whether you like her or not she has paid her dues and knows whole town committees of people all over Connecticut through her many years on DSCC and has made a name for herself, running for SOTS. They will flock to John's campaign, if she is named. I think John Destefano has the right vision that is needed for Connecticut and I think that he has a great vision for the Democratic Party as its next leader, He knows that our party needs to have a women on the gubernatorial ticket to win. I think its about time for another women to be on the ticket, are we not the party of choice, equal pay for women, maternal medical leave and a whole host of other issues.

Many Litchfield county Delegates are uncommitted and there have been discussions that many delegates will swing to John if Audrey is on the ticket. The smaller towns in Litchfield County need a voice like Audrey Blondin, who comes from Litchfield. Litchfield as well as many small towns still have referendums on schools and their local budgets, she understands them. They don’t like big city mayors telling them what to do. It's time to make a choice the same old status quo or a new and different type of leadership for the State of Connecticut!!!