Thursday, June 22, 2006

DeStefano Campaign Claims Fake Endorsement

The DeStefano campaign is claiming that the Malloy campaign faked an endorsement by a New Haven union.

From the Malloy press release, earlier today:
Endorsed Democratic candidate for Governor Dan Malloy, Stamford's Mayor, today received the endorsement of AFSCME Local 1303-393, representing workers at New Haven's Water Pollution Control Authority, in this year's campaign for Governor.

"Dan Malloy understands working men and women, he's the strongest Democratic candidate, and we're proud to endorse him," 1303-393 President Arthur Sandella said. Former 1303-393 Treasurer and current member, Ray Bradley, echoed Sandella's remarks: "Malloy is the clear choice. In my opinion, if you really look at it, his record is better with labor. DeStefano has pushed privatization, and it's hurt a lot of our guys. Malloy's also just a stronger candidate."

And from the DeStefano release a few hours later:
This afternoon Dan Malloy - Democratic candidate for governor – announced that New Haven AFSCME Local 1303-393 endorsed his candidacy for governor. Incredibly, the news release was inaccurate and the Local has not endorsed Malloy. What’s more, Malloy’s release fabricates comments from Local President Arthur Sandella.

Malloy’s news release quotes Sandella as saying, “Dan Malloy understands working men and women, he’s the strongest Democratic candidate, and we’re proud to endorse him.”

Sandella tells the DeStefano campaign today, “I never said that. There was no vote among members or the executive board. There was no endorsement.” As for having the Malloy campaign fabricate comments and attribute them to him, “that’s disrespectful.”

“We understand why the Malloy campaign would be so desperate for support from hard working men and women,” said Derek Slap – Communications Director for the DeStefano campaign – “but this is unfortunate.”

What is going on, here? I find it hard to believe that a campaign would just make an endorsement up.

Update

Brian Durand from the Malloy campaign said the following in the comments to this post:
To be clear...

The union approached the Malloy campaign 2 weeks ago (not the other way around), saying they wanted to endorse Mayor Malloy and hold an event to do so. They wanted to do it at noon today orginally, but then said they were worried because that was on the clock. So, they authorized a press release with the quotes from Mr. Sandella and Mr. Bradley. Our campaign sent out the release.

Some time after we sent out the release our campaign manager recieved a call from a reporter regarding Mayor DeStefano's release.

I think it's obvious what happened today. The union supported Dan Malloy, and once their intentions were public they came under enormous pressure from Mayor DeStefano and his campaign. Frankly it is a shame they had to endure that. However, those kind of tactics did not work for their campaign leading up to the Convention, and I don't think they will work to win this primary.

Someone is not telling the whole truth, here. I have my suspicions about who.

34 comments:

BRubenstein said...

Thank God ROy O et al are Malloy's chief stategist's....this couldnt happen at a better time for JDS....

HealthcareNOW said...
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HealthcareNOW said...

I usually don't post anymore, but this is infuriating. I mean doesn't Malloy have enough union knowledge to know that the entire board has to vote for an endorsement? To make political gain on the backs of working families is seriously shameful.

Although you know what, it was probably some overzealous junior staffer who didn't follow through and didn't check the facts. The campaign should not be this idiotic. They need to seriously fire whoever is responsible for this.

Also, I would highly suggest Dan Malloy not show up the AFL-CIO Convention now because of this. They're gonna run him out of the frickin' building.

Brian Durand said...

To be clear...

The union approached the Malloy campaign 2 weeks ago (not the other way around), saying they wanted to endorse Mayor Malloy and hold an event to do so. They wanted to do it at noon today orginally, but then said they were worried because that was on the clock. So, they authorized a press release with the quotes from Mr. Sandella and Mr. Bradley. Our campaign sent out the release.

Some time after we sent out the release our campaign manager recieved a call from a reporter regarding Mayor DeStefano's release.

I think it's obvious what happened today. The union supported Dan Malloy, and once their intentions were public they came under enormous pressure from Mayor DeStefano and his campaign. Frankly it is a shame they had to endure that. However, those kind of tactics did not work for their campaign leading up to the Convention, and I don't think they will work to win this primary.

HealthcareNOW said...

Haha Malloy's people are now in full spin mode. I wonder what happens if this Sandella guy comes out pissed as hell that Malloy's spinsters are calling him a liar.

I wonder what AFSCME has to say about all of this. I hope they put out a press release about this cuz honestly, this kinda crap by the Malloy campaign has really got to piss labor off. That's why I'm saying, if I had any advice for Malloy, don't show to the AFL-CIO, you're going to get KILLED.

In other news, did anyone see Ann Coulter endorsing Lieberman today?! Amazing - it's front page on MLN right now. Do check it out.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Seems the Malloy camp has finally removed the endorsement from their front page.

I don't know who's right or wrong on this - but making up a union endorsement is going to get you nowhere with the 'rank-and-file' Dan.

Brian Durand said...

MMMM Jodi Rell,

I took the release down because I felt it the was the right thing to do given what Mr. Sandella is apparently now saying.

What I said in my post above, about our campaign's dealings with the union over the last two weeks, and how today played out, is 100% true.

HealthcareNOW said...

Is there a way we can contact the union? Or have them elaborate? Cuz it's confusing and the fact that the response was so swift from the DeStefano folks is surprising and would suggest that Mr. Sandella's rebuke was swift too.

MolotovCocktails said...

Honest Mistake?

Pressure from DeStefano?

Purposeful Misrepresentation?

Dirty Campaign trick?

Who knows. Who cares. I hate "gotcha" politics.

HealthcareNOW said...

I hate gotcha politics too. But if Malloy actually did do that, then that's sneaky politics. If one has to be gotcha politics to catch someone trying to pull a fast one, then it's the lesser of two evils.

Guy that never posts said...

Mr. Malloy,

I believe your pants are on fire. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHA. Not a good day to be that junior staffer.

Go Whalers

blueper said...

Oh please.

This is,of course, embarassing for Malloy, but to say whatever happened was somehow an intential deception is just dumb.

My guess is that the local overstepped and the state afscme put on the pressure. However, JDS' quick response is a little suspicious.

Brian Durand said...

Whether or not you approve of Dan Malloy as a candidate, his campaign has always shown itself to be extremely competent and professional. Everything is checked, re-checked, and checked again before it is every done. The idea that one staffer on our campaign could have "made a mistake" does not make sense. Nor does the idea that anyone would willingly fabricate something like this.

ctkeith said...

Brian Durand,

The only thing "obvious" is that Mallys camp totally screwed this up.

Before you accuse anyone of intimidation don't you think you should have at least one iota of evidence?

I think maybe you should be the first to go for your posts here and at MLN on this subject alone.

3 strikes in one day,YOU'RE OUT

HealthcareNOW said...

Mr. Durand, did you read the article in the Independent? Check it out, it's on the front page. They personally interviewed Mr. Sandella. I thought it was pretty revealing because he said that there was never even a VOTE. Not a vote. How can there be such a big discrepancy? If you guys are trying to figure out a press conference time and they haven't even voted? I find that terribly unprofessional, and almost insulting.

I mean, I'm sure they can provide meeting minutes or something and see if there was a vote or not. I would believe that they are speaking the truth and that they can back it up.

Learn from Tricky Dick man, apologize, admit the mistake, it's always the coverup that screws people over. I hope your campaign heeds that advice.

Rell is going down said...

It's amazing that this post has been up for 2 1/2 hours and Chris MC hasn't posted his spin version of this whole ordeal. I imagine that he and "Wrath of Conn" are in a room somewhere brainstorming, waiting for the perfect moment to blow our minds with their insight. Octane won't be far behind, explaining to us in detail that had the DeStefano campaign chosen Audrey Blondin to be their running mate, this whole ordeal would have never happened. By then, Sgt. Bilko will have caught wind of the whole scandel, and will have had time to prove that this was, again, part of a mass conspiracy by the folks behind the q-poll.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

A fair insight, Rell is Going Down.

I hate to use the word 'lie' and won't - but its becoming very clear that someone messed up here. If the Independent got an interview with these union guys, there's a good bet a few other newspapers did as well.

This is just disrespectful to these guys. If the Malloy camp fabricated this whole thing - as its becoming more and more likely they did - I'd say its pretty unfair to make these hard working folks a pawn in some political game.

I hope its not true. I still hope that this race turns out to be a vibrant discussion of ideas. What can I say, I'm an idealist? But this is a step in the wrong direction for Dannel and Co.

A Real Democrat said...

"If the Malloy camp fabricated this whole thing"

I hear you, but my question is this: Why? These are not stupid people, on any of these campaigns. Do you honestly think for one second that they would try and FAKE something like this? OF COURSE the union would say it wasn't true.

No campaign would be so dumb. It just doesnt make sense. I don't know what happened, but I am pretty sure that these guys did not knowlingly make up shit and just hope no one would notice.

Rell is going down said...

Brian,

I have to admit, you have some balls. To bring up the convention victory during your campaign's most embarrasing time is an interesting move, especially considering your victory at the convention meant absolutely nothing. DeStefano increased his lead over you guys in the last q-poll, and they are on TV first. ALL of Connecticut's labor is behind DeStefano at this point, and you guys are obviously very concerned about this or you wouldn't have made such a big deal about this endorsement. Labor now has a vested interest in this campaign, as they need to prove to the state that their endorsements are still important. This will do nothing but motivate them even more to get their members working to get John elected. I would heed the advice of "healthcarenow", and turn your computer off. Tomorrow's another day.

stamfordpartisan said...

Blueper said:

"My guess is that the local overstepped and the state afscme put on the pressure. However, JDS' quick response is a little suspicious."

That sounds right to me. The AFSCME guys spank the local, and feed the dirt promptly to the JDS campaign staff. JDS can feel rightous, and Malloy thinks he got screwed. Such a pathetic distraction from a race that matters more than people seem to have noticed.

HealthcareNOW said...

I'd argue that the quick response is because it just wasn't true. The DeStefano people probably got in touch with someone from the union, as indicated in their press release, and the guy just went off on Malloy and how they never even voted on endorsing any candidate.

I mean com'on, it's not everyday when the opposition campaign screws up that badly. A quick response is the ONLY response in that situtation because it's just too good to be true, you know?

Malloy should just apologize to the union, and move on. And he really show skip the AFL-CIO convention too, he would get booed, mightily.

ctkeith said...

stamfordpartisan,

People NOT employed by any campaign have every right to speculate about what went down and who pressured or intimidated who.

Brian Durand collects a check from Malloys campaign and better have EVIDENCE when he makes accusations of intimidation.If he doesn't understand that he shouldn't be in the game as a paid staffer.

What He wrote here and on MLN should get him fired uless he had a statement from one of the union guys involved.

The Malloy campaign sold themselves as Professionals and now they're falling apart like the house of cards they really always were.

Cpt. Moonlight said...

Malloy staffer Luke "backdoor" Bronin screwed it all up by pushing out a relase that was weeks away in organizing.

He was begging for his job.

Rumor also has it certain Unions will have a special surprise for Malloy at the AFL convention next week....I for one cannot wait!

HealthcareNOW said...

process process process... i love it!

A Real Democrat said...

From the NH Register today:

However, Bradley said he stands behind his statement in the release, which reads: "Malloy is the clear choice. In my opinion, if you really look at it, his record is better with labor. DeStefano has pushed privatization, and it’s hurt a lot of our guys. Malloy’s also just a stronger candidate."

So, this is far from made up. And the fact that one of these guys did say what he is quoted as leads me to believe that maybe the other did as well.

stamfordpartisan said...

Capt Moonlight:

Please. That's an offensive comment.

David said...

Who cares? It is a small AFSCME local. It is only significant because it is in DeStefano's hometown. How about both of the Democratic candidates working together to bring Rell down from Olympus? How about a joint press conference on health care for the laid off workers at Leggo, Pfizer and/Winchester. How about making Malloy & DeStefano's campaigns relevant to people who have followed the rules their whole life and lose health care for them and their families?

barrygoldwaterlives said...

I love the comments that I'm seeing here about labor..."Malloy had better not show up because they'll kill him", "some locals will have a special surprise for Malloy", etc.

These comment real show that organized labor does nothing for its members and only serves to line the pockets of the bosses with the hard-earned "dues" from their members. Intimidation tactics, shakedowns, threats of physical violence...it seems that organized labor really has a lot in common with organized crime.

barrygoldwaterlives said...

I love the comments that I'm seeing here about labor..."Malloy had better not show up because they'll kill him", "some locals will have a special surprise for Malloy", etc.

These comment real show that organized labor does nothing for its members and only serves to line the pockets of the bosses with the hard-earned "dues" from their members. Intimidation tactics, shakedowns, threats of physical violence...it seems that organized labor really has a lot in common with organized crime.

Tuttle said...

Hysterical to see the Dead-Stefano plants trying to make something - anything - happen. Nothing but sad.

Rell is going down said...

Was that even english?

sandaval said...

Isn't this much ado about little? Didn't anyone see the Register? Would seem to lend some credence to Malloy camp, no?

ALittleBitDramatic said...

Old old old DeStefano trick.

Sandella probably did approach the Malloys, and DeStefano probably got wind of it quickly. Perhaps hours later. The DeStefanos then did whatever they had to do to get Sandella to "change his mind." Then they waited for the Malloy release to come out, knowing it would.

Ba da bing - Potentially embarassing situation for DeStefano turns embarassing for Malloy. A very dirty and very excellent political trick.

But there's not doubt in my mind that JDS's "quick response" was drafted before the Malloy camp announced the endorsement.

afscme girl said...

No Spankin' from NO UNION bosses here - I'm surprised that so many ppl who appear to be politically savvy are so un-aware of the union process. First of all AFSCME Council 4 prides itself on democracy and did not 'spank' any local for having a different position. Secondly, the state Council endorsed John DeStefano this way. 1 - there was an invitation to all three candidates (yes, Jodi too, to be fair - she did not accept the invitation) 2- the Political committe interviwed both dannold and JDS the floor was then opened for whoever was present to address the candidates individually. 3- the Committee voted. 4 - the committee presented their recomendation and rationale to the Delegate body (the delegate body is made up of rank and file members from across the state, they are just as diverse as the 34,000 members that Council 4 AFSCME represents state-wide). 5- the delegate body then had a lengthy, respectful and insightful debate about who to endorse if at all and why. Finally JDS won the vote overwhelmingly - why? because actions speak louder then words.
At a previous mtg that a local invited him to speak at Dannold leaned up on an auditorium chair to get in the face of a union member finger in air, eyes wild, voice raised. Dannold also managed to contradict himself within one sentence. He was asked by one of the political committee members if he could promise to run an above board campaign one in which he would focus his energies on the issues and beating Rell and not bad mouthing another Dem. Dannold said yes that he could do that and then he bad mouthed JDS through the great majority of his presentation. BTW JDS was asked the same question and he did as promised - JOHN TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUES!
That's why he won the overwhelming support of rank and file members.
John DeStefano talked about the importance of health care, caping the property tax, education and closing corporate loopholes. In fact during the voting process at Council 4 AFSCME member after member from different New Haven locals stood up to praise JDS and show their strong support for him. A big difference is that JDS has a real plan - he's not expecting the magnanimous Dubya to hand him a check. of Course DM doesn't like DeStefano's plan to close corporate loopholes he'll probably be adversely affected - Dan with his yatch and million dollar house. I digress
the point is that AFSCME has a democratic process. There have been other times when small locals have disagreed with the statewide view and that has been fine-that's part of democracy. WHat is happening here is that ONE person in the e-board of one of the New Haven Locals seems to have strong support for Malloy - and that's fine and dandy but the local has not voted to endorse. therefore there is no endorsemnet. no matter how the malloy ppl try to spin it there is NO endorsement from that one local. I am so appaled that the campaign claims to be for working ppl and would be so desperate and underhanded to try to use rank and file members in this way.
I am so tired of the negativity and vile that the Dannold's campaign has been spreading. Dan, if you are reading this, know that the workers of CT are not to be treated as pawn's in your game - you should repsect them as voters as citizens as workers! This is a sad example of how he would treat us if he won. God help us!
I for one support John DeStefano.