Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Stamford Municipal Employees' Union to Endorse DeStefano

DeStefano Strikes At Malloy in his Own City

Remember when Dan Malloy was making trips up to New Haven to meet with (and be endorsed by) New Haveners disgruntled with the DeStefano administration?

Now it's payback time.

According to a recent press release, DeStefano will be holding a news conference tomorrow with the UAW local 2337 to announce their endorsement of his candidacy for governor. The UAW 2337 represents about 400 Stamford city workers.

DeStefano has spent the first few weeks after the convention campaigning hard. Malloy, by contrast, has been relatively quiet.

This may well wake Malloy up.

34 comments:

ctkeith said...

Looks like stepping on the necks of the folks who keep Stamford Streets clean and their water flowing and their infrastucture in good condition in order to keep those McMansion owner tax raises as low as possible is coming back to Bite DLC Dan in the ass.

Brass Anon said...

When was the last time that union endorsements carried anyone to an election victory?
Maybe if Malloy pandered to unions he could have lost the convention by four votes.
The fact is that Malloy has shown that he can effectively deliver services and grow the economy of a large city while keeping budgets in check. Generally, when you make municipal unions happy, you tick off the majority of voters. Malloy is an effective manager and he has always dealt fairly with unions in his city. Hard negotiating does not make him anti-union. He's the kind of effective leader that this state desperately needs.

HealthcareNOW said...

man we need more malloy talking points! more i tell you more!

bashing labor's importance because you can't get labor to support you isn't a strategy man.

i think the destefano campaign should hold the event in front of dan malloy's yacht club, or even better find his yacht. anyone know what the name of it is?

mod is good said...

Sounds to me like JDS is a little desperate. His pandering to municipal unions (regardless of which city) -- will probably lose him votes. Most folks are sick and tired of paying high taxes and blame it on bloated union salaries. Plus, the whole charade will come off like a bad party trick. No white rabbits here. Just a little flash of cape. Malloy is the real deal. Just listen to him, get to know him a bit and it is evident that he is a stand up guy with vision and leadership.

HealthcareNOW said...

look above^ - this place is becoming spin alley.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Brass Anon said... "
When was the last time that union endorsements carried anyone to an election victory? "



Endorsements don't; paid poll help can however.

Chris Murphy knocked out 14 year incumbant Angleo Fusco with big help from unions.

mod is good said...

I'm not involved with any gubernatorial campaign and am not trying to "spin" anything. I have had the opportunity to meet both candidates over the years and am just providing my opinion. I'm simply tired of JDS and other pols playing the union card to get the edge. I'm a middle class, middle-aged voter trying to raise a family, keep my kids off drugs and away from violence, earn a decent living and take care of my aging parents. Frankly, I wish someone would pander to my demographic the way they pander to the unions.

Chris MC said...

That's all you've got? It's just another poster breathing Malloy talking points? Why can't we learn that the blogosphere belongs to people who agree with folks like "healthcarenow" and "ctkeith"? Why don't we all just prostate ourselves before the icon of endorsement?

How about looking at the record? How has JD done in his negotiations with the unions? How do his budget figures and taxes look? Where have the funds that get spent in New Haven come from? Bring some of that instead of repeating the "talking points" of party division and ideological purity over and over.

Mod is good has it right. Those are the concerns of the people who are the sweet spot of Connecticut politics. And until our party embraces those people, we are doomed to lose them to the Republicans.

disgruntled_republican said...

chris mc-

Amen brother.

BRubenstein said...

hey folks...i ran the numbers....labor is about 25-30% of a democratic primary...if...and its a big if..they come out and WORK for JDS...then DM needs almost 60% of the rest to win...

I think DM takes it in the pants on a one day media cycle over the local UAW. However the AFL Convention is coming up and if JDS wins and if..if...IF...labor gets fired up..then JDS will win the primary...if...if...IF..JDS is blocked at the AFL Convention and there is no endorsement..i think then DLC DM would win.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

mod is good said...

" I'm a middle class, middle-aged voter trying to raise a family, keep my kids off drugs and away from violence, earn a decent living and take care of my aging parents. Frankly, I wish someone would pander to my demographic the way they pander to the unions."

Welcome to the Republican Party!

How do ya take your coffee?

-ACR

mod is good said...

authentic CT rep -- I vote Republican a fair amount of the time because I support policies that encourage job growth but honestly, what keeps me from being an actual Republican is the party's stance on gay and womens' issues. Like most people, I know or am related to someonoe gay. My brother, who has been my best friend throughout my life, is gay. I could never support a party that hurts him in any way, either through ideology or policy. As a woman, I also know how difficult it is to reconcile the Republican's position on abortion, which I could elaborate on but not here. At the same time, I am frustrated by so-called womens' groups who claim to speak on behalf of women but who are aligned with liberal/union groups on issues such as tort reform or health care. I run my own business, I know hard hard it is to meet a payroll. That's why I am a mod - view me as either a moderate dem or a progressive republican.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

mod is good said... "the party's stance on gay and womens' issues."

Safe, legal pregnancy termination was brought the US originally by Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in 1971.

The CT GOP has fielded twice (or more?) an openly Gay man for congress in the 3rd district.

The CT Republican house is managed by a former GOP state rep; an openly Gay male.

Gabe said...

Wow, ACR, I guess we can all forget about the Amendment to the Constitution, that everyone knows won't pass and is just being used to get people who don't want gay people to marry to the polls in November, that the Republicans are pushing in Congress, right now!

Maybe I'm a Republican too!

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Gabe said...
Wow, ACR, I guess we can all forget about the Amendment to the Constitution


Pandering to the Bible Belt; some of our people are known to do that.

We're in New England however where the Republicans are all considered RINO's by the nut-case ultra right.

Then again; do you honestly think many Dems would be elected if people took them as obnoxiously liberal as Leahy, Kennedy, etc.?

Goes both ways.

One glance at Mark Warner and half the GOP starts thinking of cross voting.

TSCowperthwait said...

The Malloy supporters can spin the Stamford municipal union's endorsement of DeStefano any way they want, but in my opinion Malloy has taken a hit by it. The municipal workers in his own city support the other guy - that hurts.

Mod Is Good -- I think that there are a lot more pro-choice, pro-gay rights Republicans out there than you think. Please don't let the conservative base of the party set the example of what being a Republican (in the Northeast) is all about.

Gabe - Are you forgeting the overwhelming Democrat-support for DOMA (it passed the Senate 85-14; it passed the House 342-67)?

David said...

Reality Check. This is NOT news. The Stamford municipal union's umbrella association - UAW Region 9A - endorsed DeStefano months ago - I am sure partly because of its dissatisfaction with Malloy re: its Stamford local. This is just part of the psyche game that both sides in a struggle engage in.

David McCluskey
UAW member from a longtime UAW family who is supporting Malloy because I want a Democratic Governor.

BRubenstein said...

David...what is news is that for the very 1st time the AFl executive board endorsed JDS AFTER the Dem Convention and it appears to me that JDS has the votes to get the endorsement later this month of the AFL....don't you agree that the endorsement would be huge for JDS?

David said...

Hi Bruce, I would agree that the CT AFL-CIO is more united and united earlier than ever. I think the potential is there for Labor to determine the outcome of the Guv's race. However, from my perspective, most of the excitement and energy among Labor activists is with the U.S. Senate race. Labor will work for DeStefano, but I haven't yet seen the enthusiasm.

bluecoat said...

On the issue from the Stamford Advocate today isStamford city workers to back DeStefano By Tobin A. Coleman My own opinion is Malloy is a little too cocky about his 'win' at the convention.
And from the NHR today is DeStefano pushes for ‘working wage’ story. I am not big on minimum wage stuff but I do know a lot of people who are low on the wage ttoem poll are using HUSKY for their kids so.....

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

"I'm going to an arts function at the Omni Hotel and saying hello to some friends in New Haven."

Oh DLC Dan. DeStefano's in your backyard talking to working folks and you're at an art gallery.

bluecoat said...

And on the issue of HUSKY isAttorney general: Governor can halt talks over hikes for HMOs in right-to-know fight By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer and on healthcare in general in the guv race is In Governor's Race, Duel Over Health Care from today's Courant

bluecoat said...

Boy, those links generated a lot of discussion; in any event all any of the pols are talking about on healthcare is how to pay for the insurance that funds the system - in CT we know 85% have insurance and nobody wothout it is denied emergency care (most of the time anyway) - while nobody wants to talk about the underlying delivery costs that are out of control and driving up insurance rates....at the end of the day the issue is going to need more and better pressure from the business community - improve quality and lower the out of control costs.....

blueper said...

Off topic, but there is a really interesting diary on Mydd.com by a former DLC staffer that I hope someone can link to. (I still can't figure out how to do it).

It argues that Joe must go based upon his poor instincts as a legislator, from propping up McCain's undeserved rep as a moderate to promoting Homeland Security - a strategic move that ended up backfiring horribly.

It is a rare thing these days - a new perspective on the senate race.

BRubenstein said...

Hi Dave..thank you for the answer;

WHo are you supporting in the U.S. Senate race?

A Real Democrat said...

At first glance it looks like Malloy's plan is more in depth than DeStefanos (which overall I guess has been par for the course). I like that it addresses health and wellness in general, because without a focus on improving general health the costs will never go down. It also seems to have a more concrete method of payment... some won't like the cigarette tax but DeStefano's promise to "close loopholes" didn't really win me over.

A Real Democrat said...

Oh I should have pointed out I was reading from Malloy's plan on his site

David said...

Hi Bruce,

I formally committed my support to Lamont weeks ago and voted for him at the State Convention. I accompanied him around the Celebrate West Hartford event this past Sunday.

David

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

I don't see this as an upgrade for DM - he's going to tax people who smoke cigarettes? I don't think folks'll appreciate that too much.

JDS's plan pays for itself by closing corporate tax loopholes - tax responsibilities that big corporations have been allowed to ignore because John Rowland and Jodi Rell.

Genghis Conn said...

New post about universal health care plans is up.

bluecoat said...

Oh Please, John Rowland and Jodi Rell didn't get any taxes or tax breaks that the majoriy Democrats didn't buy into with legislation.

BRubenstein said...

For me..neither health plan is adaquate. There should be universal healthcare in a sponsered state single payer arrangement...run by the state...and funded by corporate taxes.

Gabe said...

TSC - I remember it and I think it is disgusting that so many Democrats were complicit in the passing of that legislation.

But before we get all misty-eyed about the bipartisian cooperation in making sure that two people who love each other and manage to get married in one state will have that marriage disregarded in another, lets remember that:

- Of the 85 voting in favor of DOMA in the Senate, 53 were Republicans.

- Not one Republican (not even one of the 7 New England Republicans who voted against cloture for the Amendment today) voted no.

- Senate Democrats split 32-14 in favor; Senate Republicans were in favor 53-0.

- The Senate legislation was sponsered by Republican Don Nickles and co-sponsered by 24 other Senators, 23 of them Republicans (interestingly, Judd Gregg of NH, who voted against cloture today (after voting for it last year) was among them).

- In the House, of the 342 votes in favor, 224 were Republicans and 118 were Democrats.

- Of the 67 no votes, 65 were Democrats, 1 was Dem-leaning Bernie Sanders, and 1 was Republican Steve Gunderson from Wisconsin (the only openly gay Republican in the House).

- The Republicans split 224-1 in favor and the Democrats split 118-65 (or 66 depending on how you want to count Bernie) against.

- The legislation was sponsered by Republican Bob Barr and co-sponsered by 117 members, 106 Republicans and 11 Democrats

- Republicans had control of both legislatures and scheduled the votes to happen in the summer and fall before the 1996 elections.

I was surprised that not one Republican from New England voted against DOMA in the Senate; If you had asked me before I looked it up, I would have been sure that Snowe and Chafee would have voted against.

Also, even if every Democrat had voted in favor of DOMA, it doesn't change the fact that the Republican leadership pushed this particular Amendment for purely political reasons: If they can count, they knew it didn't have a prayer of cloture, much less passing (it lost a vote since last year - picked up Byrd and lost Specter and Gregg; the numbers look funky because Hagel (in favor) and Dodd and Rockefeller (against) were not present).

Gabe said...

Obviously, in the House, there were more Democrats in favor than against, I mistyped...