Friday, July 28, 2006

More Mail from Democrats

With a little over a week and a half left to go, the mailers have slowed to a surprising trickle. My address hasn't rated a Lieberman mailer in weeks! Which means I only have one of his to share with you. The Lamont campaign, on the other hand, has been sending out a lot of mail.

The Mule

Let's start with Lieberman, like last time. Here's one from Sen. Lieberman attacking Ned Lamont for being a chameleon. You can, in fact, see the chameleon on most pages, as Lieberman accuses Lamont of changing his views. This line of attack has been a mainstay of the Lieberman campaign.

Lieberman attacks Lamont over his votes with Greenwich Republicans, his reluctance to release his tax returns, his contributions to Lieberman, and so on.

That is also one ugly chameleon.

Lieberman, on the other hand, is no chameleon. He is, and I'm not making this up, a stubborn mule. See? "Joe Lieberman is As Tough And Steady as a Mule," reads the caption. "Voters Always Know Where He Stands." There's also a picture of a mule, which is somewhat more attractive than the chameleon, at least.

One of Lieberman's biggest problems has been his refusal to move move away from his disastrous position on Iraq, and his support for the Administration. Consistency is nice, but mulish stubbornness really isn't.

Also, a mule is only half a donkey.

Any Women Out There?


Among the many Lamont mailers we've received were several directed at women. It attacks Lieberman's support for Catholic hospitals that didn't want to provide Plan B to rape victims. The first side features a woman sitting in a hospital gown (a rape victim, we presume) , and, weirdly, has a tiny George Bush and Joe Lieberman menacing her from the corner. The flip side is mostly a picture of a serious-looking female doctor--you know she's serious and smart because she is holding glasses, and resting them thoughtfully against her chin.

John DeStefano also sent out a mailer supporting women. Here a woman is working at her job, which apparently involves taking a rag to a whole bunch of tubes. Glad that ain't me.

DeStefano is using this ad to highlight his plan of establishing pay equity in Connecticut. The back features a list of women and family-friendly policies touted by DeStefano. There's also the black-and-white file photo of Rosa DeLauro. Couldn't she have provided a better picture?

Return of the Hallmark Mailer

The Lamont campaign put out this mailer, similar to the one that featured Lamont's mother.

Yeesh. The inside shows pictures of Lamont and his family. These sorts of character pieces seem to be getting more common.



Regional Interest

Finally, a mailer from the Malloy campaign! Here Malloy informs us that "Eastern Connecticut has been ignored for too long..." which is true. That's also why Eastern Connecticut leaders sent a letter to both Democratic candidates before the convention, practically begging them to put someone from east of the river on the ticket as their running mates. Both candidates picked people from affluent towns just to the west of Hartford, instead (Simsbury, West Hartford).

Malloy promises on the flip side to end this sort of practice when he's governor. Frankly, it'll be a miracle if anyone can get Route 11 or Route 6 finished, but at least he seems willing to try.

He also lists many prominent Democrats from Eastern Connecticut (including Richard Balducci, who was originally from Newington but is now apparently in Deep River) who support his candidacy.


Expect more of these to be posted (and mailed) as the primary day approaches.

33 comments:

BRubenstein said...

At this stage of the game many households get multiple direct mail pieces from various candidates...and they send them right to the garbage pail..Nothing beats direct personal contact and Lamont is all over the state and actually taking questions from voters in contrast from Joementum who ducks and hides from voters.

ctblogger said...

"...a mule is only half a donkey."

Oh, you're good!

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Hey, did you get a load of that enormous Schlesinger mailing? The postal workers are going to slip discs over that one.

cgg said...

What kills me is that Joe seems to think being stubborn is a good quality. I guess growth is just beyond him personally as well as politically.

Have I mentioned that I'm sick and tired of getting these things in the mail? Because I am.

ctkeith said...

Heres a report from The Kiss Float" which seems to be following the Lieberman Bus Tour (I kid you not)

Just back from Naugatuck, Seymour and Ansonia. Attendance at the last 2 was zero - Joe and Hadassah were left to waving at me and the float.

Hopewellian_Magi said...

As a board member of CT NOW and one who helped get Ned Lamont the endorsement from NOW PAC, I'm glad Lamont is reminding CT women about Lieberman's insensitive remark about rape victims and EC. When I've told women during phone banking or face-to-face about it, they are shocked that Lieberman would say such a horrible thing and it's one more reason to not support Lieberman.

Thanks to CT Bob, we took his maps he made and blew them up to poster size. We had them at the May endorsement press conference, the Boombox parade, and this past NOW & CT Choice Voice fundraiser for Ned.

I think it's telling that the CT NARAL leaders and members are supporting Lamont even though their national organization endorsed Lieberman. Neither NARAL nor Planned Parenthood listened to the members and leaders from CT.

NOW PAC listened to CT NOW and helped us develop a process to review candidates that we used for Lamont and that we can use for any candidate. CT NOW interviewed Lamont twice and asked him to complete a questionnaire. We also sent the same questionnaire to Lieberman, but Lieberman had no ambition to complete it until they got wind that Lamont was close to winning NOW's endorsement.

The Lieberman campaign tried to stall our review process but after waiting almost 5 weeks for them to complete the questionnaire we said we're not waiting any longer. Amazingly Lieberman's staff completed the questionnaire. In that questionnaire, Lieberman didn't make the same verbal gaffe about rape victims that he had publicly but he still believed that a religious backed hospital should be allowed to deny rape victims EC if the religion opposed EC.

Anonymous said...

Steady as a mule? Not a chameleon?

Talk about the Big Lie. Joe Lieberman became a conservative, er..."moderate" when he decided to run to Weicker's right.

Did he support Sam Alito? Oh, yeah, that's right, he opposed him but let him go through without a fillibuster.

Steady as she goes!

Is this a year when he supports school vouchers or opposes them? He enacted a version of a voucher law when he was Senate Majority Leader (Rowland tried to fund it a few years ago), but then Joey abandoned it when he saw the chance to be V.P.

And who can ever forget his courageous stand on the Clarence Thomas nomination -- when he waited until the confirmation was in the bag before he came in and decided to vote no?

Is he for or against privatizing Social Security this year? I can't keep track of his changes on that one, so I'll assume he's taken whatever position he deems to be to his advantage.

I'll give him this, he's been steadily wrong in supporting Bush's war in Iraq and criticizing the war's opponents. He even supported Alberto Gonzalez, the legitimizer of torture.

Now, THAT's a steady guy.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like killing the unborn to get the libs in a lather. And beating up on the Catholics is icing on the cake!!!

cgg said...

I loved the maps Hope! I have a nice picture of them from the convention.

CtKeith I hope you all are getting plenty of pictures.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Hopewellian,

I think your attacks on this part of Joe's record are on the money. But, it's ironic that the abbreviated name of your group is "NOW". Why all of a sudden NOW? Joe's positions haven't changed since 1988. NOW supported Gore-Lieberman. NOW backed Joe in 1994 and 2000 in the Senate races. Why NOW? After all, in 1988, NOW backed Weicker- they knew better that year. But that was then, this is NOW.

I give your group credit- many people on this list created and fed the monster they are trying to defeat. At least in 1988, you had purity. But you sacrificed your purity, knowing Joe's positions and record thereafter. Until NOW.

Maybe you can undo some of the damage that you have inflicted upon your cause.

If my memory is wrong on your past endorsements, I will gladly stand corrected and say that you were right all along.

If Joe wins the primary (which is like asking if Lincoln comes back to life), will NOW back him over Alan? Will NOW just withhold an endorsement?

ctkeith said...

If you're in New Haven Today Stop at BAR at 5PM. It's the Last stop on Liebermans Bus Tour.I promise you won't be disappointed.

GMR said...

This pay equity thing of DeStefano. It's crazy. How would it not involve government bureaucrats looking through all sorts of private salary data and then determining which employees are underpaid/overpaid? Does it apply if one company that has predominately women pays less than a separate company with predominately men? Would this firm with more women have to increase their pay for everyone, or just the women? How many state bureaucrats would need to review salary data? Would they compare companies in high cost areas with low cost areas?

Anonymous said...

Keith...bring the KIss float and ask the Joementum folks to change the name of his tour to " Joe's buss tour"

Anonymous said...

What's more fun ..getting your front teeth extracted or seeing Joementum on his buss tour?

Anonymous said...

Whoa, whoa, slow down GMR -- you're applying logic. This is about pandering.

Take it easy, Big Fella.

It's not like DeStefano really thought about it. That's a real buzz kill for progressives, man.

See what happened when you tried it?

Just chill. Cruise on into Willington, dude, and catch the wave.

Mimir said...


"...a mule is only half a donkey."


The bottom half, of course.

Which makes Lieberman an ass's ass.

Hopewellian_Magi said...

FatGuyinMiddleSeat,

NOW is the abbreviation for National Organization for Women.

NOW PAC has NEVER endorsed Sen. Lieberman in his previous senate races. I don't know if they endorsed Weicker in 1988. I wasn't a member of NOW back then. I know that they've endorsed Sen. Dodd, Rep DeLauro and Diane Farrell. Farrell was endorsed again this year along with Ned Lamont.

As far as Gore-Lieberman in 2000, I don't know if NOW PAC gave the endorsement. If they did, it was mostly because of Al Gore. I checked the NOW PAC web site and could not find mention of an endorsement for Prez in 2000 and 2004.

According to our discussions with NOW PAC officials they would not have endorsed Lieberman even if CT NOW recommended him. NOW PAC knows Lieberman better they we do and he is not pro-choice based upon NOW's definition of it. Lieberman's callous remarks that women's rights were not worth a filibuster fight over Alito's nomination and his most stupid one about rape victims can take a short ride to another hospital clearly showed that he does not have the will to defend women's rights from the Rightwing attackers.

We want someone we can trust to fight for women's rights. We don't mind minor disagreements over how to fight for those rights but we want someone we know who will do their best to defend women's rights.

In 2006 that person is Ned Lamont for US Senate -- http://www.now.org/press/05-06/05-16.html.

Will NOW PAC endorse Lieberman if he wins the primary? As far as I know, he will not get the endorsement.

Hopewellian_Magi said...

Anonymous 3:37 PM said...
Nothing like killing the unborn to get the libs in a lather. And beating up on the Catholics is icing on the cake!!!

74% of CT Catholics support giving rape victims EC at Catholic hospitals. EC is not abortion. It's emergency birth control.

TrueBlueCT said...

Genghis--
The front of my Malloy flyer is different from yours. It's over the top nasty, accusing DeStefano of raising taxes 9% this year. (Not true.)

It also says DeStefano is mayor "of one of the most dangerous cities in Connecticut".

Etc.

Hey Malloy team. Here's a big eff ewe for denigrating my hometown of New Haven. We've worked our butts off to turn things around, and for you to try to claw your way to the top in this manner is utterly disgusting. The NYTimes should pull its endorsement.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Hopewellian,

I do stand corrected on, based on your word. I remain uncorrected on what we don't remember.

I would be shocked if NOW (and I do know what NOW stands for, but thanks for being so patronizing) did not endorse Joe in 2000 as part of the Gore-Lieberman ticket over the pro-life Bush-Cheney ticket. What would the PAC be for if not that?

In so doing, NOW's endorsement helped to nearly place Joey Rape Remarks in a nice office in the EOB, nearly put him a heartbeat from the Vice-Presidency, nearly made him a putative 2008 Presidential nominee (if the ticket had carried.) That is, unless NOW concedes that is has little political impact.

MikeCT said...

Lieberman's chameleon mailer used the meaningless claim that Ned Lamont agreed with Greenwich Republicans 80% of the time.

GMR said...

Lieberman is really running an inept campaign. I guess since he had only token opposition in the last few elections, his people aren't very good at running campaigns.

The bottom-of-the-class political science major at the worst college in the country could tell you that a good strategy doesn't have you calling your opponent a closet Republican and a leftist simultaneously, and could also tell you not to use a mule as your image when people are saying you aren't a true Democrat.

He seems to have made this image of now allowing regular folks to his campaign events.

Chris MC said...

C'mon TrueBlue, no whining. JD opened up on Malloy with the smear campaign weeks ago.

Nobody is attacking "your" city. The fact is that DeStefano has been the municipal executive there for over twelve years and the place is still in the weeds in terms of job creation and crime. Without Yale's investments downtown it would be much worse.

I've been going into town for thirty years, and looked hard for someplace to live there a while ago. Yale was pursuing its retrench and invest plan, and the bitch was they had "abandoned" Westville. DeStefano's always blaming Yale for his failures.

That tidbit gives the flavor of the situation over the last twelve years or so. However, we could discuss it in much greater detail and length. Rell's campaign will, which is why JD (should he be our nominee) has no shot. If you want to have any chance of winning the Governor's office, Malloy is your man.

JD and his hapless campaign - desperate to change the dynamic, and unable to stop his slide - started misrepresenting Malloy weeks ago, and forced this upon them.

No complaints from you or anybody over there until it starts coming back your way. Par for the course unfortunately.

[On an unrelated subject, nice job on TV last night :-)]

Wrath of Conn said...

The NYTimes should pull its endorsement.

What a joke. DeStefano DID propose a huge tax hike. And what's worse, sending out a mailer saying he tried to raise taxes, or sending out one with a superimposed criminal in handcuffs over the other candidates's face? AND DeStefano sent his FIRST.

I suppose DeLauro and Sullivan should pull their endorsements, right?

HealthcareNOW said...

That mule thing, is about the DUMBEST thing I've EVER seen.

Who the hell came up with that. Cuz that person deserves to get fired.

And seriously, calling New Haven "a dangerous city" is not a smart strategy. A majority of people in this state knows about the turnaround New Haven has made over the past decade. To say something like that is incredibly hurtful to people in greater New Haven. Good luck Dan on getting those votes.

Oh yeah, and when did RAISING taxes become such a epithet to Democrats? Oh yeah, maybe when DLC centrist hacks like Dan Malloy joined the party??

Wrath of Conn said...

"And seriously, calling New Haven "a dangerous city" is not a smart strategy."

Interesting you'd say that. So, how do you feel about DeStefano attacking Malloy's record on crime, when Stamford is much safer, and crime has gone down by a larger degree under Malloy than under DeStefano in New Haven.

Would you say that is also not a smart strategy?

Anonymous said...

I don't think the mailer attacked Malloy's record on crime. What it did attack was his often openly hostile relationship with his police union - who haven't endorsed him - which puts the public safety of all citizens in Stamford at risk. If you don't think that's fair game, then your head is in the clouds.

Chris MC said...

" HCN quoth:
[...] calling New Haven "a dangerous city" is not a smart strategy.

LOL. Thanks, but the rest of us will ignore the advice of DeStefatrolls who support the most ineffective candidacy for Governor since Bruce Morrison.

A majority of people in this state knows about the turnaround New Haven has made over the past decade.

The majority of the state knows that New Haven has been dependent on the Legislature's teat for the last ten years, and it hasn't gotten any better. Job losses, out of control crime, corruption, the list of "accomplishments" of your Mayor is a recipe for disaster in November.

To say something like that is incredibly hurtful to people in greater New Haven.

Incredibly hurtful? LMAO. Speaking as a nearly lifelong "greater new havenite", not only do we not identify with New Haven, but the consensus has long been that New Haven is not safe nor especially desirable. There is a reason that people who work in New Haven and have a choice in the matter live and send their kids to school in Branford, Hamden, Cheshire, and so on. The city continues to struggle because nobody thinks of going into New Haven except for the neighborhood around Yale.

Nearly fifty percent of New Havenites themselves will vote for a credible alternative to DeStefano, even in a municipal election where DeStefano controls the party machinery and punishes dissent, and Malloy will get those votes on August 8.

Oh yeah, and when did RAISING taxes become such a epithet to Democrats? Oh yeah, maybe when DLC centrist hacks like Dan Malloy joined the party??

OK, there is an honest statement from DeStefano for Connecticut: DeStefano is categorically in favor of higher taxes. Feels it is the very definition of a "good Democrat".

Nice spin there, HCN.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

HealthcareNOW said...
And seriously, calling New Haven "a dangerous city" is not a smart strategy.


Why not, it's the truth.


A majority of people in this state knows about the turnaround New Haven has made over the past decade.

Let's see now...the Ikea store and.............?


To say something like that is incredibly hurtful to people in greater New Haven

Hows this?
Let's bulldoze the whole place into the sea and be done with it once and for all.

Give us a break; Connecticut's a fine state save for the stuffed shirts of lower Fairfield County and New Haven.

No idea what's going on in Bridgeport but it's pretty positive and it's clear they're going somewhere.

The only place New Haven's going is down a road paved with good intentions and we all know the only place that can lead to don't we?

bluecoat said...

and Stamford didn't get any kend of a boost from the state taxpayer either nor did it's cramming in of buildings for the big business players create a major demeand on an already strained transportation and education system in SW CT. Nor has the overdevelopment of Stamford upset quite a few long time residents and small businesses like the Colony Grill that stands to be screwed up by the often touted Urban Transitway for all the big business players.!!!! spin, spin, spin, away ChrisMC - but do it playing golf will ya!

Chris MC said...

LOL.
When Governor Dannel Malloy is successfully leading the State of Connecticut, bluecoat will be on some blog grousing about the negative impact on Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.

The suggestion, apparently too subtly put for you bluecoat, was that you take up golf. Or something. [chucking as usual at bluecoat's froth]

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Speaking as a nearly lifelong "greater new havenite", not only do we not identify with New Haven, but the consensus has long been that New Haven is not safe nor especially desirable. There is a reason that people who work in New Haven and have a choice in the matter live and send their kids to school in Branford, Hamden, Cheshire, and so on. The city continues to struggle because nobody thinks of going into New Haven except for the neighborhood around Yale

There are still some great places to live in New Haven (Westville, hee hee, East Rock- and yes, increasingly downtown.) But most people send their kids to private school. This means that they are willing to pay NH taxes and pay extra for education. Frankly, I wish I could move back.

I think JDS is a competent mayor. He certainly had a string of dreadful predecessors. But as Ross Perot once said (and this time he was wrong, but this may be the right application)- just because you can run the corner grocery store doesn't mean you should extrapolate that into thinking you should run Wal-Mart!

Chris MC said...

East Rock, downtown -- thank you Yale University.

JD can't take credit for Westville. That was underway in the eighties. Ella Grasso Boulevard, the field house, the Bowl, the wetlands, make Westville a geographically seperate place. For clarity sake, I was referring to the fear that Westville wouldn't survive Yale's pullout.

Newhallville. Now there is where JD's record is on display. That's JD's idea of investing in the city - we'll use the Science incubator and Yale to wall off the blacks in Newhallville and leave it and Dixwell to rot.