Saturday, July 22, 2006

New York Times Endorses Malloy

The New York Times is endorsing Dan Malloy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, according to a Malloy press release (the article itself is not available online or in LexisNexis yet):
"My team and I are honored and proud to be endorsed by the New York Times," Malloy said. "The New York Times sees my candidacy as the one best positioned to challenge Governor Rell in the general election, with an understanding of the issues facing Connecticut and a track record to deliver results."

The New York Times editorial states that "...voters deserve a race in which the issues are clearly and forcefully debated, one that ends with a real choice in November. On that count, Mr. Malloy seems the better candidate." And goes on to say, "...Stamford's mayor has the more impressive track record when it comes to tackling the big issues and trying out practical solutions. Mr. Malloy correctly sees that affordable housing, jobs and transportation are all linked." (Malloy)

I have to imagine that for a lot of people, the first time they hear of Dan Malloy will be when they crack open the New York Times's Connecticut section today.

Will it affect the vote? Maybe. A lot of likely voters haven't made up their minds about the gubernatorial primary. We'll see. I'm sure John DeStefano will have something to say about this soon.

Source

"Malloy Receives Endorsement of New York Times." Dan Malloy for Governor. Press Release. 22 July, 2006.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Allow me to be the first to scratch my head in confusion as to how that happened.

MikeCT said...

DeStefano and Malloy were on WTIC this morning.
* Part 1 (mp3)
* Part 2

MikeCT said...

Also, you can watch, listen to, or download the DeStefano-Malloy debate.

BRubenstein said...

While he may have the NYT endorsement he needs the public's endorsement...and the polls are killing him.How many of you reading this will only vote for whom is endorsed by the NYT?...you can count them on your hands.

The NYT is mostly read in the 4th CD, which is the worst performing CD for DEM's..he will get the same "bounce" from the NYT endorsement that he got from the Convention....NONE

Prediction ( if labor works hard)...60-40 for JDS.

bluecoat said...

I read the CT Section of the New York Times every week. They have some very interesting stuff but they are hardly on the pulse of what is happening in this state - and sometimes they flat out get it wrong on the local facts. They have changed their format in recent months and recntly they featured articles on Long island, New Jersey and Westchester County. And a few eeks ago they had an article on traffic congestion - less than 20% of the print was on CT. it's still agreat paper for national and New York City news but they are not uned in to the idea farm when it gets to CT. I have no idea what the readership is or how this will play out - probably more of a badge of honor for Malloy to boast about than an actual source of information.

Anonymous said...

NYT is only a factor in Ffld County and if Malloy is not crushing there already, wont matter.

If the Courant endorses DM, JDS is in deep sushi

bluecoat said...

Stan Simpson: Two Mayors Too Alike In Eclipse

Kane Stresses Collegiality July 22, 2006 By ALAINE GRIFFIN, Courant Staff Writer

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Ha ha ha

A Malloy endorsement may be quite reasonable and pass the rational basis test. But even the Times will endorse Rell in November, if history is a guide. They just love moderate Republicans, and are not ashamed to show it, even in the general.

It does lend some credibility as a marker to place on primary advertisements, but directly, it offers no help.

We're all really waiting for the big 3 endorsements: The Trumbull Times, The Newtown Bee and the Yale Daily News.

cgg said...

Totally OT but I can't stand how they've reformatted the CT section. Many of the CT specific articles have been replaced with general features about life in suburbia. I like the NYT but I wouldn't base my vote on their endorsement, especially in CT.

bluecoat said...

on the New York Times issue; this just for TG who I don't think beleived me a few eeks back that you can get street equivalent drugs from your doctor:Indictment of Doctor Tests Drug Marketing Rules

Anonymous said...

Funny that the NYT editors mentioned Malloy's job numbers. . . . which were declared 'discredited' in the New Haven Register this week.

The 3,500 hundred jobs that he claims to have brought to Stamford through UBS came in a deal signed by Dan's predecessor, but he's quick to falsely lay claim to those jobs.

One wonders if the NYT's would have gone the other way if they had known this.

Anonymous said...

You never know what produces a Times endorsement. Back in 1986, during a luncheon Q&A session at the Times' headquarters in Manhattan, Gov. Bill O'Neill said he'd "look into" the problem of deer that were attacking Punch Sulzburger's mother's rose garden in Stamford. Since this was the publisher's main (and only) stated concern at the time, I'll always believe O'Neill's words of concern won him the endorsement over Julie Belaga.

Brassett said...

The NYT endorsement does nothing for the obsessives like me who visit this blog on a regular basis and have decided whom they're voting for. It will, however, make a big difference to left-leaning Dems who are going out to vote against Lieberman on August 8th and know little or nothing about Malloy or DeStefano. These voters actually read the Times and generally agree with its editorial philosophy. Nice break for Malloy.

Wrath of Conn said...

Anonymous 1:10,

Actually subsequent articles have Malloy saying he created more jobs than the initial assessment.

What was really a shame was DeStefano flat out calling him "a liar" to a newspaper. People keep questioning when someone would go negative, well I think namecalling is pretty negative.

It's too bad DeStefano feels he has to do that. My guess is that the his campaign knows he doesnt have the lead the q-poll suggested, and doesn't want another thinks another "upset" like the convention is possible. A little desparate.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Anon 1:10 the NYT mentions employment numbers, not job creation numbers, which are two totally different statistics.

"Mr. Malloy has worked hard to attract business to his city and, aided by Stamford's strategic location close to New York and with the help from the state, has presided over an impressive increase in employment. Several large corporations have moved to Stamford or expanded there."

bluecoat said...

Malloy's "12 years of Republican rule" is the same schtick that Clinton used when he went after BushI eventhough BushI was very different than Reagan. It worked for Clinton, but I don't see it working for Malloy if he gsts that far. It's great that he has overcome obstacles but who in politics hasn't? His vision for CT is to do what he did - and inherited - in Stamford; JDS knows that won't work but i don't know that JDS has articulated his PLAN all that well - articulating his plan may be JDS's obstacle to overcome. Jodi may very well win but I am hopeful that JDS will be their to give her a run for her money so that she maybe realizes that she needs to surround herself with a new crowd - getting rid of the car tax is great but it won't bring prosperity to the state nor will giving grants/taxbreaks to slect businesses either.

bluecoat said...

just found this from the DAy onNeed For Affordable Housing in Region Remains Unresolved New Housing Alliance Will face Formidable Challenge
By Paul Choiniere

bluecoat said...

you have to be registered but from the NHR on JDS' education work push back:Mayor takes swipe at ConnCAN and on Hockey in hartford i think the potential buyer for the Penguins said it right in this link///Malloy and Amman got it wrong when they said they would finance this with govt funds; Rell got it sort of wrong when she said that she'd consider anything that might hekp Hartford; and JDS got it right when he said no govt. money for a Hockey team.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

bluecoat said... RE: "
Indictment of Doctor Tests Drug Marketing Rules "


The FDA should be closed down - it's a total waste.

(lurkers, don't bother with the Thalidomide nonsense, the FDA had nothing to do with it)

Anonymous said...

DesTeafno attacking Malloy on the crime issue would be like Alan Gold doing an ad about gambling

At least he's right about the NHL. The state already has probably spent close to a billion on ballparks, concert pavilions and arenas...and accomplished what exactly?

HealthcareNOW said...

Anon 12:30 -

If I am not mistaken the Courant endorsed Dubya in 2004. That sounds to me like they'll be endorsing Rell, so I don't know if they'll stake a claim in this primary.

Also, a lot of people have assessed this pretty well. The Times CT section is mostly read by fourth CD voters who have a close tie to New York. If those people weren't voting for Malloy in the first place, then Malloy is really in trouble.

I also have a hard time thinking that high information voters would base their decision on the New York Times endorsement. The Times is nice, I read it. But if they think smart and dedicated people follow their endorsement, I'm ashamed to be a high information voting Democrat.

At the end of the day, no endorsements in this race matter. Those who will pay it attention are smart, and they're going look at the policies and the records. Not the New York Times.

Chris MC said...

"Stick a fork in Malloy" could be the name of the entire DeStefano strategy. Hasn't worked so far though.

Watching the usual suspects crow over the Q poll is fun. Reminds me of the crowing over the lead in cash on hand; the crowing over the supposedly greater substance that JD would have over Malloy (the most memorable was a DeStefano staffer - apparently someone in their late teens - posting that JD would "kill" Malloy on substance); the crowing over JD's lock on the endorsement at the convention; and an endless stream of smaller swirls in the overall river of spin coming from DeStefano for Connecticut and sundry supporters here and elsewhere.

But the DeStefano campaign has in fact been rather an eddy than a river. How much did JDforCT spend on TV and mail in the month before the New London debate? Like, $750,000? And all you get for that is what, ten points of name recognition? That's is a disasterous ROI, folks. And that doesn't even count whatever organized Labor's efforts might be worth - in other words the ROI is even worse.

So the money is running low, JD still hasn't been able to sew his own support up, nevermind the nomination itself; Malloy has more money and better cash flow; people outside our little cabal here view Malloy as the better hope for a meaningful challenge to Rell; and despite the persistent repitition of various forms of "this is already over" by JD and supporters, JD and his campaign went negative at least two weeks ago - a clear sign of desperation on their part. If y'all really think you've (finally) gotten this in hand, why risk alienating the Malloy supporters and donors whom you absolutely need to have any hope at all of being competitive in November?

Or, are you just running to lose? That's the only other explanation for this behavior. If that is the case, do the Party and the State a favor and step out. Malloy and his supporters know we can beat the Accidental Governor and her holdover Rowland cronies.

Anonymous said...

Suprised it took it took ChrisMC so long to comment.

Chris wants you to believe very badly that DeStefano going on television early was a bad idea. In fact, so does Dan Malloy. Dan said last week in the Courant that he thought DeStefano was wasting money.

That was until he saw the Q Poll.

Chris Cooney writing in an e-mail to DM supporters that the "race is wide open" is the equivalent of Joe Lieberman saying in January of '04 that he was in a three way tie for third place. Ugh.

The early ads have done an extremely good job of introducing DeStefano to voters - he had a much higher name recognition to begin with and the early ads really cemented that fact. Dan's ad is good too - but the first impression is so important and it looks like a gamble that's worked for the DeStefano people.

I sometimes get the sense that the Malloy/Global Strategies folks are a little unfocused because of that other race going on right now.

Maybe they should pull ChrisMC off the blogs to run the show.

Goon Squad said...

His vision for CT is to do what he did - and inherited - in Stamford

As a resident of Stamford for 23 years I can tell you the only thing Mayor Malloy "inherited" was a steaming turd of a city.

I cant give him all the credit, but his administration over the last 12 years have turned Stamford around 180 degrees.

Chris MC said...

A6:54 -
Sorry to disappoint, real life intervenes occasionally, LOL.

The fact of the matter is that DeStefano's gamble did not payoff. He is hanging on by his fingernails, scratching and clawing at Malloy with negative direct mail and comments, trying to survive until the primary.

Dropping the approximately $750,000 bucks into TV and direct mail and the full court press with organized labor and producing a 10 point bump in name recognition is a total failure.

He might end up with the nomination, but this race is far, far closer than it looks by the lights of the Q-Poll.

Anyone who says Malloy is through is not paying attention to how this race has been going, or hopes to influence those who haven't.

BRubenstein said...

Anon 6:54 to my knowledge and belief Chris Mc has never held a position of senior status in any campaign and i know according to CFIS he hasnt ever given a dime to any candidate..one would think that if he is so sure about DM wining that he would have unzipped his old wallet and flipped the DM campaign a buck or two...

In any event..if anyone is sure that DM will beat JDS then i invite you to bet ( im taking lessons from alan gold here) with me..I will take JDS to win...DO I HAVE ANY TAKERS?

Chris MC said...

BRubenstein said...

Anon 6:54 to my knowledge and belief Chris Mc has never held a position of senior status in any campaign and i know according to CFIS he hasnt ever given a dime to any candidate..


Creepy.

Rell is going down said...

Chris,

If a 20 point lead with 2 and a half weeks to go is proof that "DeStefano's gamble didn't pay off", what would? Should he be up 30 points? 50? Dan would have killed for a "failure" like that.

Anonymous said...

NYT is only for New Yorkers? Really? Many people do actually read papers other than the Hartford Courant. I say "Congrats, Mr. Malloy".

Anonymous said...

Have any of you actually READ the poll. 2/3 of the people polled are undecided as to whom they will vote for! 2/3!!! That's no great victory for the DeStefano team if 66 people out of every 100 still don't know who they will be voting for. He's only up the 20% of people who answered the question with a specific candidate. I'd like to think that savy politicos as you would see this. And there's almost a 10% margin of error. Not exactly a blowout for DeStefano...

HealthcareNOW said...

Chris MC, com'on that statement is ridiculous. Total failure? Are you delusional? I dun think DeStefano will win by 20 points, but you can't look at the Q-Poll and say: "DeStefano failed." That's idiotic.

If Dan Malloy accidentally said "I eat babies," Chris MC would probably take Jonathan Swift seriously and say that Malloy's for population control.

DeStefano's up by 20 in the polling authority of this state, he has labor support, and no one is really paying attention to this race with 2 weeks to go. NYT is great but if the people who read the NYT (aka fourth CD) weren't going to vote for Malloy already, then he is seriously screwed.

Brassett said...

If Malloy-DeStefano were the only race on 8/8, I would agree with the "poo-pooing" of the NYT endorsement of Malloy. But a substantial percentage of the primary voters will be going to the polls only because of the Lamont-Lieberman race and their vote in the Malloy-DeStefano race is essentially up for grabs. These voters stand to be strongly influenced by things like endorsements.

Chris MC said...

RIGD quoth:
[snip] proof that "DeStefano's gamble didn't pay off", what would?

and HCN quoth:
[...] Total failure? [...]

Here's the thing gang. You don't spend yourself into a relative deficit against the opponent who has steadily been chewing you up unless you are trying to put him away.

DeStefano for Connecticut has, by my estimates, about enough cash left to collapse across the finish line. That isn't what you do when you have a solid lead and command of the dynamic. It is what you do when you are losing steam and need to put a silver bullet in your opponent.

As I pointed out in January, again going into the convention at the end of the first quarter, and again coming out of the convention, the DeStefano strategy has failed. This is true even if he gets the nomination.

If JD hadn't had a six month or whatever free ride, this would have been over and Malloy would have been the de facto nominee around January.

It's easy to lose perspective on things, but the last twelve months are a matter of record. The fact that Malloy is still standing is a phenominal accomplishment.

And as Anon points out, you have to view the entirety of the picture that the poll paints. Is it great news for Malloy? Obviously not. Is it great news for DeStefano? Equally obviously, no. The only way it could be worse would be if the numbers were reversed, which would be much worse because Malloy has the momentum - the only question is whether or not he has enough time to overtake JD.

And I think given his campaign's performance to date, he will.

You should support Malloy if you want a shot at the Governor's mansion, gang. Malloy has beaten JD solidly for a year, from a standing start against the presumptive nominee as of this time last year! He is the stronger candidate and has run a far, far better campaign. If he is our nominee, he can and will beat the Accidental Governor in November.

HCN said further:
If Dan Malloy accidentally said "I eat babies," Chris MC would probably take Jonathan Swift seriously and say that Malloy's for population control.
Yes. That's exactly what I would say.

No, wait. I draw the line at eating babies. No baby eating! You hear me Dannel?! ;-)

HealthcareNOW said...

Brassett, I think you should go work for Sean Smith at the Lieberman campaign. He's a "low-information voter" specialist and is profoundly adept at assuming voters are stupid. From your previous post, it seems like you and him are on the same wavelength.

I've been touting Ned Lamont since February, when no one knew who the hell he was. At the same time, I've been keeping a close eye on this gubernatorial race. My vote was decided for DeStefano when I read his universal healthcare plan and his plan to hold Wal-Mart responsible. It has been sealed since then by finding out about Dan Malloy's DLC and at times even right-wing stances - such as abolishing the estate tax.

If you believe that the majority of Lamont supporters are stupid and will go on a whim of "establishment" support from the New York Times, then you are grossly underestimating voters and misinterpreting the nature of this political summer.

Ned Lamont is all about taking on the guy with the establishment support, the guy with national name ID. It's about holding Democrats accountable. These voters, including me, are not stupid. We know why we're voting for Ned Lamont, and for you think that we'd turn around and turn into apes and just be New York Times zombies is...pathetic.

As I said, go work for Sean Smith, he needs help with more low-info voters for Lieberman.

HealthcareNOW said...

You know, I thought something Chris MC said was a little off. I mean that doesn't surprise me, but when the final fundraising numbers were tallied I remember all the news I read as reporting that DeStefano and Malloy had the same amount of money on hand going into the last weeks.

So I googled, and here's Tobin Coleman of the Stamford Advocate on July 11:

"Malloy and Glassman have $1.3 million left on hand in the four-week run-up to Aug. 8, when they face a primary against DeStefano and Slifka.

DeStefano has $1.4 million left on hand, but has spent more than Malloy. His television ads went on the air in mid-June; Malloy began running his ads last night."

DeStefano has definitely spent more than Malloy on TV, given that I've seen the Malloy ad only twice on TV so far. But how does DeStefano have MORE money on hand than Malloy going into the final weeks qualify as "collapsing" at the finish line? More spin I guess.

Also Chris, if you keep on touting this "Malloy can win" because he's more centrist tag, you're not going to get anywhere. This is a Democratic primary.

Chris MC said...

... if you keep on touting this "Malloy can win" because he's more centrist tag, you're not going to get anywhere. This is a Democratic primary.

I've never said anything of the sort. Do you absorb anything you read? Ugh.

Honestly HCN, I can't figure whether it is pure laziness, pure obstinance, a deadening blend of the two, or what... If you can't do better than this vacuous nonsense, go do something else please, you're wasting our time with empty rhetoric.

I make a genuine effort with my post, and this is what you come back with? Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

HCN:

I saw those numbers on 7/11 too and was puzzled. I suspect, but could be wrong, that he didn't mention the drawer full of bills that he needed to pay. Cash on hand is a pretty meaningless and easy-to-manage number if your spending fast like he was then.

SmartDem said...

CRIME IS OUT OF CONTROL IN New HAVEN!
I read my paper in the car at work each morning and I make sure the doors are locked. People are always breaking into the work vehicles. Innocent children are being gunned down in New Haven. We cannot have DeStefano as our Standard Bearer. He has had since'94 to get things under control and has accomplished nothing, nothing! I feel safe almost anywhere in Stamford at any time of the day.

Anonymous said...

You are right about this
sir. The police are doing
the best they can but JDS
needs to show leadership.
He will get crushed by Rell
in a debate about crime.
Everyone knows it is worst
than Bridgeport. There are
brutal things that happen to
people there that goes
unreported in the papers.
Danny boy may be afraid to
attack on this but Rell would
destroy JDS on it. Tough call
but Malloy should go negative
and say hey man what is up with
crime in your city Jack??

Anonymous said...

I think I speak for all JDS supporters on this blog when I say that I hope John wins because a) I think he'd be great for the state and b) so we don't have to see ChrisMC spin for DM anymore.

AntiLiberalDem said...

Better off with DeStefano? Are you
crazy? He cannot keep me safe in
New Haven. Malloy is it. Crime
has gone down 40% since he has been
mayor. He must of had something
to do with that. I only feel safe
at Yale. Outside of that it is
the wild wild west in New Haven.
Jeepers Creepers.

bluecoat said...

you might wish to read the article that you dissed there ACR: the DOJ is the one that brought the case against the doctor fo alledgedly violating our laws; although I will admit it was ridiculous and too dramatic to have six FBI agents surprise him at a train station with an arrest - they should have called his office and told him there was a warrant out for his arrest and advise him to show up at their offices.

bluecoat said...

State chugs forward with train cars
Stamford expects smaller surplus

Anonymous said...

I like how people are trying to spin DeStefano's 20 point lead in the polls as a failure, good stuff no doubt. And then they are trying to spin that Malloy has all this money for the last few weeks. The truth is, Malloy might have the same amount of money left as DeStefano going into the last few weeks. But Dannel is going to have to spend it all on his election day workers and canvassers because people refuse to volunteer for him. I don't know if you saw the debate, but at the rally outside, Malloy had to bus in paid high schoolers to rally for him because he doesn't have any real volunteer support in the state. And all the delegates that he won from the convention, where were they. DeStefano will be able to spend his money on media and increase his lead while Malloy scrambles to get anyone to do something for him come EDay.

Anonymous said...

I like how people are trying to spin DeStefano's 20 point lead in the polls as a failure, good stuff no doubt. And then they are trying to spin that Malloy has all this money for the last few weeks. The truth is, Malloy might have the same amount of money left as DeStefano going into the last few weeks. But Dannel is going to have to spend it all on his election day workers and canvassers because people refuse to volunteer for him. I don't know if you saw the debate, but at the rally outside, Malloy had to bus in paid high schoolers to rally for him because he doesn't have any real volunteer support in the state. And all the delegates that he won from the convention, where were they. DeStefano will be able to spend his money on media and increase his lead while Malloy scrambles to get anyone to do something for him come EDay.

Rell is going down said...

Anonymous,

Crime in New Haven is down MORE than 40% since 1994. Murders are down by MORE than 50%. Fact are facts buddy. If you are going to give credit to Malloy for a 40% drop, and admit that he had something to do with it, you have to do the same with DeStefano and New Haven.