Saturday, July 01, 2006

Holiday Weekend Open Forum

John Rowland, Motivational Speaker.

"It seems like just yesterday I was at the White House staying in the Lincoln bedroom and everything was wonderful," he told several hundred teenagers at the World Scholar-Athlete Games. "And then almost overnight I'm standing in line for toilet paper at a prison in Loretto, Pa."


He's also written a book, but hasn't found anyone to publish it yet.


Moodygate heats up.


"It now appears that Lisa Moody has lied under oath to the legislature, has perjured herself, and, and effectively has obstructed the legislative process," said state Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, co-chairman of the government administration and elections committee.

"I think it's high time that the governor seriously reconsider her professional relationship with Lisa Moody and possibly severing ties," Caruso said Friday night. "I think it will be impossible now, at this point, for her to be able to effectively work with the legislature and within the government."


What else is going on?

Sources

Henry, Ray. "Ex-Conn. governor makes post-prison speech". Wired News. 7/01/06

Lender, Jon. "Memo's Changes Point To Moody". Hartford Courant. 7/01/06

18 comments:

TrueBlueCT said...

Anybody know where Joe Lieberman will be during this holiday weekend? I've got a few questions for him.

Frankly, I can't believe not a single newspaperman has reported on Joe's failure to hold any public forums. I was so excited to attend the Lieberman/Lamont debate, but now I hear it will be held in studio only. Not even reporters will be allowed to watch live. Instead, WVIT will have a special room for them, where they can watch it on TV like the rest of us.

Also, it's pathetic that Joe has only agreed to a single one hour debate. That he passed on so many other offers makes you think WVIT must be considered home turf by the Lieberman camp.

I hear that there will be, get this, video-taped question from "people on the street". What a joke. Do both camps have to agree to the questions in advance? I bet so.

My question for Joe is simple. What led you to vote for Bush's Energy Bill, when Dodd, Clinton, Kerry, Schumer, Kennedy, Corzine, Biden, Carper, Lautenberg, Jeffords, Leahy, Reed, and even New England Republicans Chafee, Sununu and Gregg, -- all voted against it.

My second question for Joe would be about his multitude of deferments, and if he regreats not having served. His extreme hawkishness in the face of his never having worn a uniform, is most telling. I'd also like to know if he ever encouraged his son Matt to enlist.

My third question would be whether Lieberman believes we should apply the "Bush Doctrine" of pre-emptive war to Iran. Does he still believe we were right to invade Iraq, isn't Iran potentially a much bigger threat than Saddam ever was, and if he says yes to the first two, isn't the logical course of action to take-over Iran as well?

I'd also like to know how much his wife is getting paid to represent corporate interests as a lobbyist for Hill & Knowlton, and I'd like to know if he isn't "up-sizing" in DC, at the same time he is "down-sizing" in Connecticut.

Finally, I'd like to know how he squares his "man of integrity" self-image, with his negative campaigning. Could he tell us for the record if he believes Lamont's politics are to the left, or right of his own. If he says to the left, how can he put out deceptive mailers labelling Lamont a "Republican"? If he says to the right, doesn't that make Lamont the real centrist.

Of course we'll never get answers to any of these fun questions. Partly because the Press won't press for answers, and also because Senator Palpatine won't deign to respond.

Patricia Rice said...

Moody should go! It's just a matter of time before she will sink her boss.

TrueBlueCT said...

This is just too funny. Malloy supporter "Yogi" tries to defend his "Malloy is a Republican/Democrat hybrid" comment over at the Nut. Unfortunately, it doesn't go so well for Yogi, who could never quite fathom that Democrats don't need Republican votes to win elections.

Genghis Conn said...

Oops. Just wrote a longer post on these two topics. Oh, well.

Genghis Conn said...

Since that was rude of me, I've moved my post beneath this one.

cgg said...

No problem Genghis. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Looks as though you've included far mroe depth anyway. Move it back up top. :)

Patricia Rice said...

I think the Lisa Moody issue deserves more conversation and I can't see how Rell can keep her around. When Bill Clinton lied under oath did Republicans say that was OK? If Lisa Moody did in fact perjure herself, should we just all pretend it doesn't matter?

Patricia Rice said...

I think the Lisa Moody issue deserves more conversation and I can't see how Rell can keep her around. When Bill Clinton lied under oath did Republicans say that was OK? If Lisa Moody did in fact perjure herself, should we just all pretend it doesn't matter?

Chris MC said...

Ugh. TrueBlue, I can't fault your criticism of that thread. Cross-posted is a version of my comment on the subject at MLN:

Here's the nub of it - Malloy has been an activist Mayor in Stamford. He's cut street crime. He's built moderate-income housing. He's been out front on gay rights. He's signed the Kyoto protocols. And that is a short list!

Arguing using labels is lazy and, worse than that, meaningless.

Rell is going down said...

Chris MC,

You have to admit that Malloy has set himself up for posts like Yogi's. Everytime I see him in the paper, or you guys post one of his press releases, he talks about how he is going to pull republican voters in. Do you know any republicans that are going to vote for a progressive candidate against the beloved Jodi Rell? I don't. Every Republican I talk to tells me that the governor's race is already wrapped up. So when he tries to convince real democrats that he is going to win by telling everyone he is going to get Republicans to vote for him, how does he expect real progressives not to be turned off?

Chris MC said...

RIGD -
You know, I don't recall him ever saying that. I do recall a mailer quoting Jim Amman saying that Malloy is the one Democrat the Republicans fear can take the Governor's mansion away.

I'll point out again that his record is clearly one that self-described progressives can embrace, as are his policy prescriptions. Look at his crime reduction program - prevention and community focused.

The argument that a highly motivated "base" can deliver the Governor's mansion has been repeatedly disproven. And the people who've concocted it cycle after cycle know that. Evidently they'd rather protect their own turf than win. And I suggest you are underestimating the interest of the majority of voters, regardless of party affiliation (most people eschew labeling themselves as "progressive" or "conservative") in voting for a credible Democratic alternative.

Patricia Rice said...

Rowland should write a book entitled "The rest of the story" where he gives up all of his Republican friends and accomplices.

How many accomplices are still on the states payroll that neither law enforcement nor media have been too interested in exposing? With all those millions that were floating around and all the ultra elite soirees---- only 3 people went to jail?

I’m no fan of Johnny boy but even I would have to go out and buy that book.

Brian Durand said...

"You have to admit that Malloy has set himself up for posts like Yogi's. Everytime I see him in the paper, or you guys post one of his press releases, he talks about how he is going to pull republican voters in."

I'm sorry, but this is just not true. I've been on the campaign for just about two years, and have read almost every release we've issued -- and I can tell you that the campaign does not make a habit of saying Dan will pull Republican votes. Frankly, off the top of my head I can't remember it ever being said. Might it have been and I don't remember it? Sure, I'll concede that's possible. But the idea that the campaign is using it as some sort of talking point is not true.

What I have heard Dan say a number of times is that he will pull many independent votes away from Governor Rell. Which I personal think is critical to any Democrat in winning the Governor's office.

Rell is going down said...

"Stamford has the second-highest, second to Greenwich, concentration of Republicans in the state," Chris Cooney said. "It is a hotbed of a Republican stronghold."

This is from the Stamford Advocate. February 21st. Why would Cooney be talking about how many Republicans there are in Stamford, if he wasn't implying that he thought he was going to pull a lot of these voters?

And lets be clear, although Stamford has more Republicans than any other large city in CT, it is still a Democratic town. I don't know the exact breakdown of the town council, but I know that Democrats far outnumber Reblicans. And there are still far more registered Dems in Stamford than there are Republicans. So when he only carried 51% of the vote, and more than 51% of the town are registered Dems, one of 2 things are true. A lot of dems voted against him, or absolutely no republicans voted for him. Am I wrong in any of these numbers?

Brian Durand said...

I don't have the breakdown of how party votes split in the mayoral, but I'm sure you could find exact numbers. What I will tell you is that I am sure the vast majority of Democrats voted for Mayor Malloy, and that most Republicans voted for his opponent. Were there people who voted against their party on both sides? I'm sure there were.

In regard to Chris' quote. He was not implying that Dan was going to "pull a lot of these votes". He was saying that Dan Malloy has a history of winning against Republicans in a city with a large, active Republican party. He has a strong record of beating Republican opponents.

In any case, your original comment (Everytime I see him in the paper, or you guys post one of his press releases, he talks about how he is going to pull republican voters in), is not at all substantiated by the one quote you posted.

bluecoat said...

Malloy said he knows how to win Fairfield County..go from there...and I doubt it, too BTW

Chris MC said...

Sorry for the delay in responding to your post, RIGD (church and work and errands and opening the pool).

You said:
[...]Why would Cooney be talking about how many Republicans there are in Stamford, if he wasn't implying that he thought he was going to pull a lot of these voters? [...] although Stamford has more Republicans than any other large city in CT, it is still a Democratic town.

You answered your own question, and Brian confirmed it.

The "Republican-lite" charge just doesn't fit, RIGD.

An accomplished executive who has shown the courage and commitment to put his own political capital on the line for issues progressives care about, and compete successfully with Republicans for the votes of his constituents is an accurate description of Malloy.

bluecoat said...

RIGD: the Malloy boys will try to bluff their way to victory anyway they can...