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An open letter to Connecticut's DemocratsDear Fellow Democrat:I write to urge you to support my friend, Joe Lieberman, when you convene with your fellow delegates on May 20th, and then when you cast your vote in the August 8th primary.I know that there's been a lot of discussion among you and your fellow Democrats about Joe, and I'd like to share my thoughts with you. Let me be clear: as the leader of the Democratic Party in the United States Senate, I need Joe to be re-elected. We have many battles in the future and his presence in the United States Senate is essential.Very few people I've known in my lifetime are as principled and decent as Joe Lieberman. I don't agree on every position he takes, but he has an unquestionable commitment to the progressive principles that make our Party great. Joe has dedicated his career to advancing a progressive Democratic agenda and has told me time and time again of how proud he is of his Democratic party affiliation.As Democrats, we represent people from all walks of life and points of view. It's that diversity that's our strength. Unlike the Republicans, we don't always march in lockstep with each other. But that's a good thing. Why? Because our Party's diversity reflects the diversity of the American people. We're not the party of the priviledged few.I can always count on Joe when our Party needs to stand up to the Republican Party. Recently a non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based publication - Congressional Quarterly - released its rankings. It ranked me as voting with the Democratic Party 92% of the time. Joe? 90% of the time. So yes, Joe's been there with me, and now we need to be there for him. The United States needs his continued presence in the Senate, so we can work together for a better America.This could be a historic year for Democrats. The complete failures of the Republicans in Washington have made America less safe, less secure, and less competitive than ever before. If I could vote at your Convention, I would proudly cast my vote for Joe Lieberman - knowing that my vote would be cast for a good man, for a committed Democrat, and for someone who has devoted his life to good, principled government.Regards,U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Democratic Leader
Genghis--Harry Reid is the infamous GoVOTE of DailyKos notoriety. (got banned three times.)I doubt he is going to stop with the spamming, so I suggest you prepare yourself for the inevitable.
Mr. TrueblueCT,Your speculations are in vain. I have no knowledge of your mysterious "GoVOTE" friend. Would it make you more comfortable if I called myself "TrueblueNV", or "HarryNV"? I am not spamming, as you can plainly see.Indeed, if you are a delegate to the state Party convention this month, you can verify for yourself that these are in fact my words.It is unfortunate that you have so little integrity in this debate. You have no qualms about quoting me when you feel it suits you. Now you attempt to silence me when my words are clearly at odds with your representation of my views and preferences.Although we have our disagreements from time to time, my support for Joe is based on many years of happy experience with him as a colleague and ally in the U.S. Senate. It is essential that he remain right where he is.Hope the pollen in Connecticut isn't getting to you.Every best wish,U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Democratic Leader
Finally, the sleaze bag Sonny Lenoci who kept Gnaim in business is going to jail as reported in the CT Post where Judge Janet Bond Atherton wouldn't buy his bull. It is absolutley out of whack what sleaze bags like this get for punishment compared to inner city kids but money buys anything. the judge let Lenoci stay out of jail while his kid served so his business didn't suffer - it should have been NO issue but ot was.
Obscure candidate of the weekNorma Rodriguez Reyes is the only remaining Democratic challenger to Susan Bysiewicz for Secretary of the State. To those who saw her at candidate forums last year, she gave the distinct impression of having no idea what was talking about, and was perhaps best known for breaking into song at one forum.Cleverly lulling Bysiewicz into a false sense of security, she has remained completely invisible to all but the most inquisitive investigators. When she is not busy with her stealth campaign, Rodriguez-Reyes is Vice-Chair of the New Haven Democratic Town Committee and part-owner of La Voz Hispana de Connecticut, a Spanish-language newsweekly. (Here's a bio.)The NH Advocate questioned ethics and legal issues regarding Rodriguez-Reyes and her newspaper when it ran articles about her candidacy on February 2 (bad computer translation) and Febuary 9 (bad translation).The response of editor Abelardo King:King also said he's not averse to running articles about Bysiewicz, but when I asked him if La Voz had written anything about her, he said, " No todava. " Translation: "Not yet."Undettered by the minor controversy, the paper has another article about her campaign in this week's issue.As of the last quarter, she had about $10,900 cash on hand (PDF), compared to, um, Bysiewicz's $459,000.
My count of legislators who have announced that they are not running again, along with potential successors. Any I'm missing?* Rep. Bob Ward - R (North Branford town councillor VincentCandelora - R)* Rep. Joseph Mann - D (Norwalk Common Council member Carvin Hilliard - D, and Rev. Bruce Morris - D)* Rep. Lew Wallace - D* Sen. Cathy Cook - R (Stonington Warden Andy Maynard - D, Rep. Lenny Winkler - R)* Sen. Billy Ciotto - D (Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill, Rep. James O'Rourke, D-Cromwell, Rep. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield. Doyle, former Newington mayor and former Hartford city councilman Thomas McBride)
You missed Assistant Majority leader Reggie Beamon (72 - Waterbury). Sheesh Mike.My money is on Paul Doyle to take Ciotto's spot in the Senate, so put his Rep. District in play also.Nice post on the SOTS race, incidentally. And I do mean, incidentally. ;-)
Chris,Thanks. Also forgot...Rep. Sonny Googins, R-Glastonbury (Town Council Chair Susan Karp - R)
I am hearing strong rumors that Dr. Miriam Massullo, of New Canaan, will be making last minute, surprise challenge to Republican Scott MacLean on Wednesday night when the 1st District Republicans convene at their Convention in West Harford.Masullo, who was soundly defeated by Phil Steele in a 2002 Primary, had a representative contact the editor of politics1.com and essentially make claims that she is running becsuse Mr. MacLean is "not a Real Republican."The 1st District Delegates will have a choice on their hands. From what I gather, Dr. Masullo does not live in the 1st CD, and will have to answer to charges of "carpet bagging".
There's an article in today's Norwalk Hour regarding the vacant seat that Joe Mann is leaving behind. I am sad to see him go. He was very well liked in his district and will be missed.
The bottom of this page says that Miriam Masullo is a "moderate liberal populist," so she can't be a real Republican either. (And if it says so on the Web, it must be true.) Besides carpetbaggers never win. So we're stuck with our purple pal, Scott.
On a lighter note (speaking of holy war), this slightly edited routine from comic Emo Phillips, which had me ROFL the first time I heard it:I was in San Fransisco once, walking along the Golden Gate Bridge, and I saw this guy on the bridge about to jump. So I thought I'd try to stall and detain him, long enough for me to put the film in. I said, "Don't jump!"He said, "Nobody loves me."I said, "God loves you, you silly ninny."He said, "I do believe in God."I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"He said, "A Christian."I said, "Me too. Protestant or Catholic?"He said, "Protestant."I said, "Me too! What franchise?"He says, "Baptist."I said, "Me too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"He says, "Northern Baptist."I said, "Me too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"He says, "Northern Conservative Baptist."I say, "Me too! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist or Northern Conservative Reform Baptist?"He says, "Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist."I say, "Me too! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Eastern Region?"He says, "Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region."I say, "Me too! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879 or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?"He says, "Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over!
A mini-debate between DeStefano and Malloy is on the Fox61 site (see Segment 1, 2 & 3 in the right column.)
MikeCtYou also missed Rep Steven Jarmoc, 58th, Enfield.
This is the funniest damn photo I have seen in a while. I don't know how I missed it earlier.
Mike....A Town Chairman confirmed to me that a "big push" is being made for Miriam Masullo in the 1st CD.I am curious who is doing the pushing?
Chris Murphy will be interviewed on The Young Turks radio program on Tuesday evening from 7-8 pm. You can listen to and watch the interview online. The program airs on the Sirius satellite radio network, and Murphy is expected to be a regular guest on the program, giving him some national exposure.In other news, the curious can attend Joe Courtney's nominating convention and campaign kick-off (and hang out by the ocean) on the evening of Monday the 15th, even if you aren't a delegate.disgruntled,Thanks for the reminder on Mr. Jarmoc, scheduled by Dems to be replaced by Mrs. Jarmoc, lest district residents should suffer any adjustment anxiety and be forced to remember a new name.
Saw the min-debate between JDS and DM; Shelley is a terrible moderator and she proved it again on this one. Chris Keating got in a couple of good questions. JDS came off gubernatorial even if he is too liberal for me. DM was trying the the same schtick Clinton used with BushI; it was lost on me.
weiker liker - scott maclean - john larson - same thing - one political machinery - we know who you are.... shame on RTC chairman who's helping this out...
"You’ll all have a front row seat to Scott’s political education by full emersion." scott macleanand where did you go to political school? you joined the party three months before declaring to run for office and then attacked its priciples and mocked the people you are using with your truth campaign - it would help you to start telling the truth about what you are doing and why
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