Thursday, June 08, 2006

Open Forum

Some bits of news...

Robert Farr is criticizing Richard Blumenthal for using assistant attorneys general to ferry him around while his regular driver is out with an injury. Farr is running against Blumenthal.

If I'm ever elected to anything, I'm driving myself.

Gov. Rell is trying to broker a deal with Fort Trumbull residents which would allow them to remain in their homes.

The DeStefano bloggers will be live-blogging the debate between DeStefano and Malloy today.

What else is happening?

42 comments:

TSCowperthwait said...

$30,000+ per year for law school to be a driver? No, thanks. Of course, what really is going on is that an assistant AG is likely working with the AG on a case and accompanying him to court (not out of the ordinary) -- the assistant AG drives so that the AG can prepare on the ride. This doesn't sound like a big deal to me.

cgg said...

My guess is that there are security reasons why Blumenthal can't drive himself. There's also the practical issue of him getting work done while in transit. Anyone that high up, has a cell phone that's always rining.

bluecoat said...

Farr must be trying to energize his base because so far he has put this person who would like to see Blumenthal replaced to sleep - like the rest of Jodi's underticket who seem to be looking down the road for appointments from Jodi when she wins and they inevitably lose....

KerryGuy said...

All the six constitutional officers have drivers - the issue is that Blumie's is out on disability and he has AAGs filling in.

MikeCT said...

Aldon comments on Chris Murphy's blogger conference call this week. Murphy recently created a Web video and has an organizing meeting in Cheshire on Monday evening.

MoveOn launched a new ad yesterday targeting Nancy Johnson. (Background facts on the ad.)

I'm betting Jason Bartlett will have a good chance to take the 2nd District House seat vacated by Rep. Biewala:
He pointed to his last run, where Mr. Bielawa’s margin of victory was only 84 votes out of 10,500 total over the three district towns.

Here's a video of Mike DeRosa, Green candidate for Secretary of State. Would have to be better than Bysiewicz.

onesmallinstrument said...

does anyone know where I might find a transcript of today's debate?

CTKnows said...

Kerry Guy,

AG office is not a Constituitional Office. No such postion as driver; each of these folks are admin assistants and paid pretty good. As far as the comment made earlier re: security ; none are trained security profressionals.

MikeCT said...

ctknows,
You really ought to tell the State of CT that the AG is not a constitutional office. Now they'll have to change the Constitution.

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CTOctaneBlue said...

I suppose Farr has to do whatever he can to try and bring Blumie down... because he obviously is having a tough time getting his name out there (I've never heard of him). The last few elections have been pretty rough on the Republican undercards, and this election looks no different. Those Dems are all in there until they move on to other things. That's why there was so many SOTS candidates when SB was running for gov- being the Democratic candidate for any of those constitutional offices is a free ticket to the job, at least for now! Alas, if only it wasn't the other way around for the governor!

CTKnows said...

MikeCT: See Constitution of the State of Connecticut, 1818

AG's office was created in statue not the Constituition. First AG was 1899

Gabe said...

CTKnows:

Check out the Constitution as Amended (1970):

Section 1 of article fourth of the constitution is amended to read as follows: A general election for governor, lieutenant-governor, secretary of the state, treasurer, comptroller and attorney general shall be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1974, and quadrennially thereafter.

Adopted November 25, 1970.


Just because it was added later, doesn't make it not in the Constitution...

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

cgg said... "
My guess is that there are security reasons why Blumenthal can't drive himself."


Of course!

He can't reach the pedals!

CTKnows said...

Gabe.. thanks for making my point; Read the constituition carefully. I know it's splitting hairs but the AG is an elected position not a constituition officer. The short is the Sec State, Treasurer, Comptroller are empowered through the constituition, the AG in statues. The AG's office will begrudgingly confrim this.

Gabe said...

CTKnows - The only difference between the offices that you mentioned and the AG is that the AG was added to the Constitution in 1970. But it was added to the Constitution, not the General Statutes...

Wrath of Conn said...

Dan Malloy was on the NY Times editorial page this morning.

Stamford's Welcome Mat

BRubenstein said...

I hope Farr keeps on this kind of attack..its a non-starter...First of all..it now takes over $40,000.a year to go to some law schools ( my son recently graduated UPENN Law School,so i know the tuition)

Secondly, any good AG worth their salt will be prepared for the case before driving to the Courthouse...I am sure that Richard merely retools and refines any argument on the way while being driven to Court. All the Constitutional officers have drivers.

BRubenstein said...

OneSmallInstrument...each candidate will have a copy as well as any of the media at the debate...especilly the host

BRubenstein said...

Farr is very angry about Blumie using an Ass't AG to drive him around...He himself wants that job after Blumie swamps him in the vote in November, but the Ass't AG is in the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TSCowperthwait said...

BRubenstein,
I agree with you (about law school costs and the AG's preparation). When I wrote that "the assistant AG drives so that the AG can prepare on the ride" I simply meant that he might be looking over his notes or argument outline, not that he wasn't already prepared.

TSCowperthwait said...

Also, congratulations on your son's graduation from UPENN law school. Great school, beautiful campus, best city in the world (I'm biased though b/c I'm from the Philly suburbs).

bluecoat said...

Blumie's normal driver is his executive assistant who makes more than many of the lawyers..

disgruntled_republican said...

Can anyone give a compelling reason as to why we should re-elect Blumie? Just curious...

Derby Conservative said...

This string is soooo boring...I'm actually doing work today! Who cares who drives Blumie around? What difference does it make if the AG is empowered by the State Constitution or the CGS? Genghis, please post something new, anything!

Rell is going down said...

I agree. I think we should go back to the conspiracy stuff surrounding the q-poll.

bluecoat said...

DG: I want Farr and the Republicans to give me a compelling reason to elect him...

disgruntled_republican said...

Great blue...answer my question with a question....

C'mon Now. said...

Four Demecorat Legislative candidates have failed to properly file their endorsment paperwork!!

They are:
State Representative Clair Janowski
State Representative Mary Mushinsky
State Representative Terry Backer
Democrat candidate Dave Mooney


These are some big names. C'mon now!

Here is a JI story

http://www.journalinquirer.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16745474&BRD=985&PAG=461&dept_id=569435&rfi=6



Here is the link to the Sect of State - http://www.statementofvote.ct.gov/Statementofvote/WebModules/ReportsLink/CandOfficeTitle.aspx

bluecoat said...

DG: I am already on the record that I don't want to see Blumie re-elected but I need a reason to vote for Farr...and isn't normal for Republicans - at least the righteous wing - to answer questions with questions? Why can't I when I have already answered the original one in the first place.....

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1525

I just posted this in a diary over at Nutmeg - it came with DeStefano's most recent supporter e-mail. Take a look.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1525

I just posted this in a diary over at Nutmeg - it came with DeStefano's most recent supporter e-mail. Take a look.

CC said...

The only comment I will make on the driver story (at this time) is that if this story involved a Republican politician the media would be all over it. I can just see the stories now; they would concern the improper and wasteful use of state employees. (In fact, in a "people who live in glass houses"-moment, the AG himself has gone after civil servants who may have taken advantage of public resources.)

bluecoat said...

Huh, Bloomie's normal driver is his executive assisitant and business is conducted during the drive - state busisness. Rowland used his state police driver to conduct business as well - monkey business...

bluecoat said...

Speaking of the dysfunction at the CT state Police that is still hanging around:: Witness Reveals `Secret' Meeting Says Session Involved Public Safety Chief, Father Of Slain Man June 9, 2006 By TRACY GORDON FOX And ALAINE GRIFFIN, Courant Staff Writers

BRubenstein said...

TSC..TY for those kind words...it made his Republican grandparents proud to know he graduated from there( im the rebel in the family) and i totally agree that Philly and its burbs is a great place to live.

Disgruntled..Blumie has been at the forefront of creative and innovative litigation since he started as AG. He was a leader of the tobacco ligigation that brought many millions of dollars into the state coffers.He regularly sues and advocates on enviormental issues to keep our state clean from toxic waste,chemicals,air pollution,etc.
Other then 1 or 2 wristslaps by the Supremem Court for what i remember to be over-reaching i dont believe he has had any violations in his time as AG.He was voted by his peers,other AG's as the leading AG in the land a few years ago.

Furthermore..he came to the AG job with substantial trial and other experience...experience that Bob Farr lacks..i think Farr does probate and real estate work mainly.That means he doesnt have the depth of knowledge and experience for the job.

Be that as it may...i highly doubt from a political operative point of view the Republican's will waste much treasure in getting Farr elected..My bet is they will concentrate on Rell,Johnson,Shays and the state Senators and Reps...you are in a better position then me though about that...what do you think?

BRubenstein said...

Bluecoat..my answer above to Disgruntled also applies to you..

bluecoat said...

Thanks BR: I guess I just don't like the way he does business...

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CC said...

BR:

It all comes down to what you view as the proper role of an AG. What you see as "creative and innovative" others would see as an improper and unwise use of a tax payer funded office. The AG is, after all, the GOVERNMENT's lawyer, despite the rhetoric of the last two AGs. As far as the causes you cited, the tobacco settlement was arguably unconstitutional and definitely an unwise partnership with the tobacco industry. On environmental issues, the AG's hypocrisy is limited only by his imagination. One suit he brought recently concerned auto emissions standards. The irony is that the AG is driven over 140 miles a day in a car that has WORSE gas mileage than the rates on which he is suing to increase. (Like how I was able to bring this all to a close with a reference to his car and driver?) Plus, what does does that say about his commitment to reducing green house gas emissions?

Instead of all these lawsuits (No Child Left Behind Comes to mind), perhaps the AG ought to be directing resources DEFENDING the state against lawsuits such as the recent suit against the state concerning the educational cost sharing formula. Billions of our tax dollars are at stake in that litigation. Have you heard a word about his efforts in that area?

Rell is going down said...

Sgt Bilko,

I couldn't be happier that you are a Malloy supporter. Having read your post yesterday about your conspiracy theory against Dan, it's clear that you are absolutely irrelavant. There are times when Malloy supporters bring up good points, but you have shown that you are clearly crazy. The primary will be close, but that is only because both candidates are strong, which I know is a bold thing to say on this blog. Democrats need to realize that they should be proud of the campaigns each side have put together, and that both Malloy and DeStefano will raise twice as much as Curry raised in '02. That doesn't happen by accident.

LitchfieldAngelina said...
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Mr X said...

I am supporting Malloy Because DeStefano has proven to Litchfield County he can't keep his word and that he did NOT do the right thing when picking his Lt Governor selection.

DeStefano made it a dog and pony show when he could of told Audrey Blondin you are a great candidate But I am going with Scott Slifka.Instead he dragged all of us delegates into believing it was going to be Audrey. If he was truthful maybe I would still be supporting him instead of Malloy.

But DeStefano choses the sneaky way cutting a deal with Kevin Sullivan and West Hartford DTC Chair Maureen Megnan to put their boy Slifka on the ticket.I have an issue with West Hartford Because of a political event I attended in 2005 where Audrey was running for SOTS and we were blown off Because Andy Fleischmann was also running and she(Megnan) chose not to introduce Audrey to the people at the dinner when she was doing introductions.

You may think I am crazy mmmm jodi rell and you are entitled to your opinion.My beef is that there are Many Democrats in Litchfield County who have worked hard for many,many years and yet when it comes to Political Appointments and State Jobs we get no consideration while the people in the Bigger Citys and towns get the jobs and appointments.

I wanted to work at The Legislature I wrote letters and made calls But they kept turning me down saying there was nothing for me.

I am just a hard working person who wants to serve But I just get upset when good people get stomped on.

But thats the game of Politics I guess...