Thursday, July 20, 2006

Rell's Still Hot to Trot!

From the Q-Poll:

Incumbent Republican Jodi Rell has a 74 - 13 percent approval rating and better than 2 -1 leads over either of her Democratic challengers:
62 - 25 percent over New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, compared to 64 - 24 percent June 8;
64 - 23 percent over Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, compared to 65 - 22 percent.
Gov. Rell gets a 59 - 7 percent favorability rating from Connecticut voters, with 22 percent mixed and 11 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion. For DeStefano, 51 percent don't know enough to form an opinion; 75 percent for Malloy.


Her complete approval rating numbers which remain very strong:

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jodi Rell is handling her job as Governor?

Approve: 74%
Disapprove: 13%
Dk/NA: 13%


These numbers are virtually the same from one month ago despite her not being in the news as much and Malloy v. DeStefano getting more press and their TV ads now out there.

On to the more important numbers: the election.

Again, from the Q-Poll:

If the election for governor were being held today and the candidates were John DeStefano the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?

DeStefano: 25%
Rell: 62%
DK/NA: 10%

If the election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Dan Malloy the Democrat and Jodi Rell the Republican, for whom would you vote?

Malloy: 23%
Rell: 64%
DK/NA: 11%



I have said it before and I will say it again: this race is over. Sorry folks but lets call a spade a spade. It was over July 1st 2004. Take the party affiliations out of things and look at the average Connecticut voter...you know, the unaffiliated voters that make up so much of the electorate...and this is a no contest race. Think Bill Curry had it bad? You ain't seen nothing yet.

These numbers are virtually unchanged from previous polls. I expect that to stay about the same through election day. Fact is that DeStefano, who at this point is the front-runner for the Democrat spot on the ballot, is well behind despite numerous television ads in prime time. Beyond that, he has been in the race for the better part of 2 years and has been in the press a fair amount in that time, especially in recent weeks. The fact that he hasn't gained any more name recognition is pathetic to say the least. Furthermore, both he and Malloy looked horrible in their debate. Either one will look ridiculous on a stage next to Rell, who always remains calm and keeps her compsure.

Beyond that, Lamont's challenge of Leiberman is taking the wind out of everything. Since it looks like we are headed to a 3 horse race there, I wouldn't expect that to change.

Beyond all that, there are 2 bigger reasons the numbers won't change between now and election day; First, voters haven't been given a reason to vote for anyone else. And they wont. Pipe dreams are not policy folks and a great deal of voters realize that. Sure health care is a problem but no proposal to date has the answer. Transportation is a huge problem in Connecticut but Rell just got a major transportation initiative passed through the general assembly...with bi-partisan support. There is more to the list but you get the point.

Finally, and in my opinion most importantly, people genuinely like M. Jodi Rell. They feel that she is a real person that they can talk to and relate to...and she is. She has a certain appeal to her much like Ella did. The same cannot be said of DeStefano or Malloy. I dare one of them to stand on a stage and attack her in a debate. People will feel they are attacking one of their own and be put on the defensive.

Spin away all you want but that's the way it looks from my seat!

Source:

Quinnipiac Poll 20 July, 2006

91 comments:

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled...I don't find your analysis in error,sad to say for my own party.Ms Rell does present herself well and is likeable...to a degree that JDS and DM are not.


Attention JDS and DM..you cannot undo in 3 months what you have failed to do in over 2 years.





Neither have run an inspired race,brimming with new major ideas to upset her numbers.In fact Id say both have run a very traditional race ( their operatives are the same losers who step in and get a un-earned paycheck every 4 years)

What would help alot is if those dumb operatives and staffers of my party would agree to disappear and retire..for the good of the party.

Lets hope the next bumper crop of Dem candidates for state office finally " get it" and kick these losers to the curb for good.

While i am a JDS supporter ( i gave him $2500.) i am not in the slightest a fan of his in-state operatives or staff..JDS's issues are pedestrian and not very progressive or creative and he hasnt generated much excitement. and he is only marginally better then DM...I told him 2 years ago he would have to be bold and daring...but he chose to run a very tradtional campaign...and we all remember the lunacy of his operatives and staff at the convention.I also told him well before Lamont got in that Joementum would be challenged and that race would gain most of the media ..and that he should start his media campaign much sooner..which he failed to do...now he will reap the whirlwind im afraid.

Anonymous said...

People like Rell because she's their grandma.

She has no ideas, she shows no leadership, she purely reacts to situations and takes credit for what the legislature does, but she is a older woman with a friendly smile and grey hair.

But really, what leadership has she shown? She's a reactor, not a leader. The average CT citizen just can't see beyond that. All they see is the friendly smile and grey hair: Grandma.

Anonymous said...

Anon:

I guess campaign finance reform wasn;t her idea? Nor was the transportation bill she got passed? Nor was funding stem cell research? Nor the car tax?

Come on now...and at least people like her which is more than can be said for the other 2 clowns.

CC said...

Disgruntled/BR:

I agree with your assessment of the outcome of the gubernatorial race.

However, how can you both claim that the Dem candidates did not present any bold ideas? (Disgruntled: "First, voters haven't been given a reason to vote for anyone else." BR: "Neither have run an inspired race,brimming with new major ideas to upset her numbers.) The Dem candidates were firmly behind gay marriage, health care for all, increasing taxes on the wealthy, property tax relief in some form, and abolishing the death penalty. Say what you want about them but they definitely did not take "safe" (i.e. majority) positions on same-sex marriage (a loser at the ballot box nationwide) and the death penalty (ditto in most states), just to name a few.

Governor Rell has managed to get high approval ratings not by doing but by doing very little. What has she done, what does she stand for? Moreover, from a political standpoint, has she advanced any Republican principles? Has she built any sort of a bench to serve in state government when she is gone?

I'm not for either DeStefano or Malloy, but at least they are espousing ideas, many of them far left. Say what you want about them, but they are running on more than just a warm personality. (My only real criticism with the manner in which they have run their campaigns is that they have not gone after Gov. Rell's ethics in the wake of the Rowland scandal.)

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disgruntled_republican said...

CC-

I did not say that they (JDS or DM) didn;t offer bold ideas. The idea of universal healthcare is bold but their proposals aren't practical. Neither has offered property tax reform (A fereeze for qualified seniors is not reform). She was the Gov when civil unions were allowed so they dont count. I favor the death penalty so abolishing it is anyhting but bold in my book.

What about her transportation proposal that passed in a bi-partisan vote? Was that not leading and being bold? And elimination of the car tax, which was the first property tax releif proposed in I dont know how long...was that not bold? Dems talked about it for years, she did it in 18 months...well would have if it passed...but a bold idea none-the-less.

Empty proposal are not reasons to kick her out...and the only way to beat an incumbent is to give someone a reason to vote the other way...Lamont is a perfect example.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Anon2:40,

Well, no, she hasn't proposed anything really clever like $1 billion in new taxes, like John DeStefano has ($350 million in new business taxes, $450 million in new energy taxes, $100 million in a half-millionaire's tax, plus assorted others, and not counting his $6 billion transportation "plan"), or Dan Malloy's push me-pull you tobacco tax scheme ($100 million a year from a cigarette tax to fund anti-smoking programs(!) and universal health care) ... Instead, she's only accomplished the first real transportation projects in 20 years, real campaign finance reform, real ethics reform, real contracting reform, real increases in early childhood education funding, real investments in 21st-century technology, real job growth, etc.

bluecoat said...

the libertarian yankee institute for public policy named Rell the staewideenemy of the taxpayer and gave the state legislaature who she worked with in a bi-partisan fashion honorable mention. That's not spin. She's not qualified to be Governor but she may very well get the job for four more years.

BRubenstein said...

CC....sorry but "healthcare for all..and many others are safe maintstream issues.." and their solutions are/were very mainstream...if order to beat a popular incumbant you need to be bold and daring and also inspiring and give the folks a reason to vote for you ...and frankly neither have been any of those ...though i will say JDS is abit more bold then DM

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

The Yankee institute also blames the legislature and every Town Councilman, Mayor, Selectman, BOE member and so on and so on...so their opinion on Rell is really of no meaning in this instance.

And I am not slamming the Yankee Institute as I think they have had some great ideas but in this instance....I totally disagree with them.

Gio said...

It's quite clear that Rell will soon be nominated for Sainthood.

That being said, it would be nice if she were a bit more Republican.

bluecoat said...

I am not always with YI but it doesn't take much to get Jim Ammann to spend govt. money because after all govt. spending is the answer to everything for him. Rell has hardly put the brakes on the spending to just provide for essential govt. services as I would think fiscal conservatives would expect.

Anonymous said...

"I guess campaign finance reform wasn;t her idea? Nor was the transportation bill she got passed? Nor was funding stem cell research? Nor the car tax?"

Those were ALL the legislature's ideas except for the car tax.

In regards to campaign finance, her and all of the other Republicans were AGAINST it until suddenly Rell realized that the majority of citizens were for it and shocked everyone and changed her stance completely.

The transportation bill was all Amann & Williams.

She did nothing to get the stem cell bill passed except sign it when the legislature put it on her desk.

Anonymous said...

Jodi Rell is not responsible for campaign finance. That was totally done by the legislature, and she finally agreed to it once she realized that she had no other choice.

It was a shock when suddenly she came out for it because while the Democrats in the legislature were pushing it, the Republicans were working against it and she remained completely silent. She is not responsible for its passage at all.

bluecoat said...

and to go to Rell's impact on CFR, which I think is a sham, she brought few Republican legislators to vote in favor of it - because they saw it as the sham it was...Jodi needed CFR, in any form, on her CV and she wanted it before she announced she was running but the Donkeys refused to give it to her.

Genghis Conn said...

Anonymous said:
It was a shock when suddenly she came out for it because while the Democrats in the legislature were pushing it, the Republicans were working against it and she remained completely silent. She is not responsible for its passage at all.

Yes, she is. Give the governor credit--it probably wouldn't have happened if she hadn't been there to hold their feet to the fire.

There was no real desire in the General Assembly for campaign finance reform to move forward. Why would there be? The Democratic leadership sat on it until the very last day of the session in 2005, and then were idiots and passed two separate, differing bills. Rell's sudden approval of public financing removed their excuse for not getting it done, and they fell all over themselves trying to figure out what to do.

Her major problem is that she's weak with her own party. She didn't convince many of them to vote for either civil unions or CFR, and she completely failed to push Alan Schlesinger out of the Senate race.

Mr. Reality said...

REgarding the Lieberman/Lamont race you say..."it looks like we are headed to a 3 horse race there, I wouldn't expect that to change."

3 horse race? Unless Barbaro makes a full recovery and decides to run as a Republican, this race is between two people. To say Alan Gold is a competitor in this race is delusional!

bluecoat said...

real CFR doesn't allow PACS to run wild and CT CFR pretty much does; we got a chrade not real reform...it was supposed to be fixed in the short session and you saw how far Ammann let Caruso get with it...nowhere.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 355 - Go back to her first State of the State address and I think you will find she proposed stem cell research. And what's more, the transportation bill is her's...it is nothing close to the pipe dream Amann had but instead the one SHE propossed and he agreed to.

INstead of spinning look at fact.

bluecoat said...

DG: that's not true on the transportation bill - while the bill passed in '05 was hers,the one passed in '06/this last session that McKinney helped to put together as a compromise between Rell and Ammann was about $2 million more than Rell had proposed - the problem with the CT GOP is that they have the wrong people, like Jodi, out front but I said that a long time ago - loyalty may win the guv's seat for the GOP but it's hardly a winner for the citizens of CT>

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

The key is when you say "what she proposed". She did in fact propose it and it was a modification of her proposal not the other way around.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

The transportation bill was all Amann & Williams.

That's so absurd it defies categorization. You may be thinking of the second transportation bill -- the one passed this year -- which Rell proposed and legislative Dems puffed up because the Governor was (deservedly) getting all the credit. But the first action in 20 years on transportation issues was a $1.3 billion investment Rell crafted and got passed on her own.

She did nothing to get the stem cell bill passed except sign it when the legislature put it on her desk.

Again, wrong. She proposed it, even before the session began.

And bluecoat, you can thank the Democratic majority for PACs run amuck - as you know very well.

Moreover, that's got the be the fifth or sixth time you've brought up the Yankee Institute, which would only be happy if the Legislature were abolished entirely and taxes repealed in perpetuity. There may be some merit to both concepts, but it ain't gonna happen. Give it a rest, OK?

bluecoat said...

Yeah oK DG I agree, the bill passed this session ('06) amounted to an appropriation of more than 20 times the spending she proposed in her state of the state - and included significant stuff that wasn't in her proposal; it also more than tripled what she got passed in '05. And agreed that her apporval #'s are trending flat & high but you do have to admit in the head to head gubernatorial competition less people are willing to cast a vote to keep her on the job. She reaaly has a great deal of room to improve her performance and I don't see her owning up to it; just like I have never seen her own up to telling the voters on a major TV camapign back in '03 that Johnny was doing a great job and we needed to keep him around because she knew the job he was doing; to which Johnny replied "Thakns Jodi...". It made me sick because I knew it was a lie and I knew Rell had no idea what was going on...now she's a hero for buying train cars and tracks because Johnny didn't like trains??

bluecoat said...

the PACS are still there because Jodi caved to the Democrats or couldn't get them to move eventhough she gave them taxpayer financed election campaigns that favored the two parties - take your pick; cut me a break with you're spinning there ADANR..

CC said...

To all touting so-called campaign finance reform as an accomplishment (by either side):

So-called campaign finance reform is a horrible idea running completely counter to the First Amendment. It's truly amazing that the same groups who think you can't regulate nude dancing because it is "speech" are completely in favor of regulating political speech. The truth of the matter is that three groups benefit from so-called campaign finance reform: the wealthy, incumbents, and the press. The losers are all of us.

Anonymous said...

What has she (Rell) done for us lately?

bluecoat said...

and ADANR: I don't believe in unilateral disarmamenbt; you've lobbed the same Rell SCUD for a hell of a lot longer and many more times than I have brought up the YI rating; and beleive me the YI is radical on stuff like dismantling the PS system - and that's coming from a person who hasn't see a PS since first or second grade (sorry my memory is a little shy, I think I sepnt a month in a second grade PS but will have to check my records)

ProgCT said...

Very reasonable OP. I also disagree about the Senate race being a 3 horse race but the rest of the post is pretty spot on.

I don't currently see a strong reason to vote against Jodi Rell. Although voting for her keeps this from being a one party state.

HealthcareNOW said...

Did anyone catch Dan Malloy's email today about how the Q-Poll showed that this was a "wide open race?" LOL.

The Q-Poll has him down by 20 points half a month before the election.

There's been some good stuff written about it on MLN, talk about looking delusional...

Anonymous said...

Senator "gold" better have his resignation speech ready by the time the courant hits the newsstands tomorrow.

BRubenstein said...

we have lost over 2500 americans to this war which we were mislead and lied to...ad at a cost of 600 billion dollars and going up...today the Iraqi prime minister and legislature slapped our face's and denounced Isreal for retaliating against Hamas and hezbollhah....thank you President Bush and Joementum for leading us to a more unstable middle-east !!! Joe's lap dog actions for Bush have not even bought us friends in Iraq...and you ask why Lamont has 51% of my party?

Anonymous said...

He doesn't have 51% yet... as an experienced operateive like you would know....

What's the skinny on Sen Gold, anon? Do tell....

Anonymous said...

SCHLESINGER RACKED UP $30,000 IN ATLANTIC CITY CASINO DEBT, AND WAS SUED FOR IT

He still refuses to get out. He's like a little kid "No, I have it, I'm not giving it back, it's mine."

Anonymous said...

Jodi Rell couldn't show real leadership of a girl scout troop. She had little or nothing to do with campaign finance reform (and by the way for anyone actually happy with this disaster of a bill maybe you should read it - or even just read the Office of Leg. Research report - I've read both - its a mess - no one will understand it and most of the public financing of campaigns will go to paying professional people to handle the money. I'm an attorney, a campaign treasurer, and I've worked at the General Assembly and this bill makes no sense!).

Moreover, Jodi is a reactor - name one policy that she's devised, come up with, or driven the bus on? You can't because there aren't any.

Campaign finance reform was not her baby and the transportation bill is a finger in the dike of 12 years of bad republican non-policy towards transportation.

Finally: the car tax - good idea? hmm...sure if you are rich white guy from Greenwich (or maybe even Brookfield) its a great idea. If you are anyone else its a complete disaster! Hell, the Republican mayor of my city told the State Rep's in our delegation don't you dare pass this idiot law. First it takes a ton of money away from municipalites. Next it takes other money away to pay for it. And believe me the totals in that column add up to way more than the total in the "we'll replace the car tax money with other money" column. Worse, however, is that this proposal on its face seems good to the middle class and the poor - in the end, it helps Mercedes owners far more than say Toyota owners - and it obscures the need for real property tax reform that might actual help someone who needs the help.

We clearly need property tax reform - real and personal - but to eliminate the car tax sounded good in a sound bite but underneath it all was little more than a give away to the rich.

As for DeStefano and Malloy = they are working hard - both of them are every where (full disclosure - I voted for Malloy at the convention and will be on August 8th - and I will happily support whoever wins through November).

Both have come out with aggressive proposals to deal with health care and transportation. Unworkable you say? At least its a proposal - any idea why Jodi didn't mention health care in her State of the State Address? Start thinking about it....let me know if you come up with an answer....

Part of their problem is the primary in the first place - hard to take a shot at Jodi when you are running against someone else. The next part is yanking some coverage away from the Senate primary. No one is paying attention to what really is the more important primary, including blogs like this one.

The gov. race on the other hand is hugely important. We can ill afford another 4 years of mismanagement. No transportation policy, no economic policy, no job growth, health care is a mess. Sure 4 more years of that would be just great!

We need leadership and Jodi isn't it. Jodi doesn't even know what her nit wit of a chief of staff is doing - three feet from the door to her office.

Then again it should come as no surprise: Jodi slept for a decade under John Rowland, woke up just in time to say "I'm shocked" and land in the job.

How about this: Lt. Gov. for a decade: Jodi either knew John was a crook, which makes her complicit OR she didn't (and everyone else knew - Bill Curry partially ran on John's corrupt platform) - which makes her an idiot! - those are the only two choices in this multiple choice contest - ok Jodi supporters - pick one.....

Unfortunately, I largely agree that without something big - it will difficult if not impossible for either Dan or John to win - which in the end is too bad fpr this state and its future.

by the way: anyone come up with an answeer regarding why Jodi didn't mention health care in her state of the state address? Just checking....

Mr. Reality said...

I love how these liberals are asking "What has Jodi Done?" Yet many are steadfastly supporting Ned Lamont who has absoltutely no record whatsoever. Third Selectman in Greenwich is not a very powerful position.

How people can come to this board and actually question accomplishments of Gov. Rell and then on the other hand support Lamont is silly. The guy hasn't said one thing that HE would do if elected, but I guess that's why close-minded people support him!!! Close-minded candidate for close minded people!

Anonymous said...

Senator "Gold" - A Liar, a Cheater & A Deadbeat - The R's really hit the trifecta with this candidate!

Anonymous said...

GC- u around today? no post on Schlesinger? Bueller?

CC said...

BR: Tell it to Elie Wiesel who at the "Stand with Israel" rally thanked God that President Bush was in the White House....

bluecoat said...

and just getting back to the governor's race because it effects our pocket book and lives too; am I going to trust the Rell crew to spend severaal billion on transportation when they blew the simple VRE railcar conversion every step of the way, when they take forever to get bids on the new rail cars and when just about evrey highway job is late or over budget? the answer is no; no more than I would vote for a guy like malloy who backs Joe for US Senate but says anybody is "against the war" should make him governor CT pissed away money on
UCONN2000 - UConn trying to pick its own overseers By Keith M. Phaneuf, Journal Inquirer 07/20/2006
and not a single head rolled under Rell, the staffing and management problems at CJTS, (which mimics a successful Ohio facility I thought) are blamed on the building,and the list of non-actions goes on for Rell. I am still not sure how JDS would run our govt. but hopefull he will start to tell us:Malloy proposes school funding reform; DeStefano attacks comment on hotel jobs by Malloy
and another take on the poll and now for some real shit on Schlesinger, the debtor gamler, who now must GOTwo N.J. Casinos Sued Schlesinger Over Debts
July 21, 2006 By DAVE ALTIMARI, JON LENDER And EDMUND H. MAHONY, Courant Staff Writers
and it shows what a lazy idiot Gallo is who said last week the only mistake he/the GOP made was not vetting Alan Gold under his real name. the CT GOP is the amateur hour, no wonder they get so little interest.

Stepson Questioned On Work At Senick's Painting, Installing Air Conditioners, Maintenance Paid By The State July 21, 2006 By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer Senick's stepson is a state cop now, of course, because they only hire the worst of the worst.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 818-

Empty arguements that have already been addressed by myself and others in previous comments.

I argee she hasn't addressed healthcare as of yet but I would venture to guess it is coming. But I am sure you will have another 15 paragraph to slam everything proposed when she does.

Caped Crusader said...

Don't impugn Gallo. What can he do? He can't strip Schlesinger of the nomination, and if Alan won't go, why would he continue to beat the "get out of the race" drum if Rell isn't going to put the full weight of her (and her chief of staff) behind it? The CTGOP is anything but amateur hour, but continue operating under that mentality and I guess we'll see how things pan out in November.

bluecoat said...

Rell has brought on Ivy NBA, Mickey Hebert, to advise her on healthcare. He ran Physician Health Services, the homegrown CT HMO owned by the docs in SW CT, that went public in the early 90's and sold out to what is now HealthNet in the mid '90's. He's made a lot of money collecting a percentage but he never did anything to make healthcare in CT better or more affordable - I am not holding my breath. Romney, a Republican who had done more than head up the PTO before going into govt., on the other hand in MA cast a wider and more professional net to get his plan up and running. Rell hasn't even acknowledged what the issues are - a little hint: CT has more people covered by insurance than any other state and our costs per capita are higher than any other state too.!

Anonymous said...

For purposes of full disclosure, I also posted this on the Derby Politics Blog:

Alan, wake up and realize that you're no better a candidate than Masullo, Streitz or Serbia.

At least candidates like Elser, Nielson, and Orchulli were able to run credible races and escape with their dignity.

Apparently you won't be satisfied until you have been completely broken and your law practice dries up when no one will want to come within ten feet of it.

Didn't you realize that you lost the race the day that "Alan Gold" was introduced to Connecticut?

I'm Republican...and I'm voting for Joe.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Anon8:18: Lovely rant. Please go on trying to sell that spin - it's working so well.

bluecoat: Goodness, we're awfully crabby for a Friday, aren't we? ;-)

Democrat Coat Tails said...

From Anonymous 2:45pm: I guess campaign finance reform wasn;t her idea? Nor was the transportation bill she got passed? Nor was funding stem cell research? Nor the car tax?

1. Campaign Finance Reform was forgone conclusion after what she turned a blind eye to for ten years.

2. The Transportation bill was Jim Amann's and Jodi Rell didn't work to get 1 stinking vote.

3. Stem Cell Research? That was Chris Murphy's for 2 years, she jumped on the bandwagon in the 2nd year after it was clear it was going to pass.

4. The car tax? Oh, you mean the one that would've helped out mercedes and bmw drivers and hurt low-income people with one car? Or the car tax that I just paid? As far as I can tell, nothing happened with that tax.

So, it seems clear to me, she still hasn't done anything...we're all waiting!

bluecoat said...

ADANR: the CT GOP could do so much better for themselves and the state but they keep striving to maintain mediocrity; just look at the cape crusaders spin endorsing Gallo - Gallo claimed last week to have vetted Schlesinger in his real name; yeah OK, who hid the lawsuites that the Courant found in short order? It's the amateur hour and any other spin is denial.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said... "
the car tax - good idea? hmm...sure if you are rich white guy from Greenwich (or maybe even Brookfield) its a great idea.


You have it backwards.

The poor minority single mothers of New Haven who now pay 200 or more per year for their 10 year old Saturn wagon's prop. tax would be relieved.

Check your facts.

Don't believe it?

Ford builds the prop tax into their leases; call a dealer and ask them what a new Explorer costs per month in prop tax in New Haven vs New Fairfield.

Jodi had this one right.

She is above all else, kind and she's willing to look out for those that could really use a break.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

bluecoat said... "
lazy idiot Gallo..



It's sooooo obvious that you're completely clueless and have never been "on the field".

It's clear to me why you're in the stands.

CTRevolution said...

I think the poster forgot to mention that Jodi Rell's favorability rating dropped again, this time from 65 to 59 percent. The only reason she's still popular is that she comes off looking better then Rowland. But if you give a quick look at the current appointees in her administration, you can definelty see it's still Rowland's team in power. She is still plagued by ethics problems (i.e. see Moody) and refuses to take any responsibility and action for these. Let's be honest, she's either ignorant or a liar when it comees to these ethics matters. And neither of these are traits that we should want in our Governor.

Both Malloy and DeStefano offer better ideas for the state. Initially I thought people were being sarcastic when they said the two don't have new ideas. You've got to be kidding me, what race are you watching? These guys have more ideas then a think tank. Check out DeStefano's webpage for one, every problem imaginable has a solution. And good ones, I know some posters might not care that people (400,000) don't have access to medicine, but I do. Jodi Rell doesn't think it's a problem, but she also doesn't think property taxes are a problem in the state, or how two thirds of corporations don't pay taxes is a problem. Let's see Jodi Rell for what she is, failed leadership w/o ethics. And when November comes, mark my words, the last of the Rowland/Rell cronies will be thrown out of office.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

OK, I give up. Bluecoat for GOP chairman and governor.

Anonymous said...

a reply from Anon818 - I note for the moment that some disagreed with the rant, yet mysteriously provided not a scintilla of defense to her highness, nor, moreover, did any actually cite anything she actually has done.

Once again, mishandling the rail car conversion and a single bill in a twelve year period of time is not a transportation policy. And yes, if you are LG for ten year under John Rowland you share the blame - you're there and part of the administration.

"I'm sure she'll say something about health care soon." Are you kidding? Talk about a little late for the bus - its been a crisis for how long. Both of the Dems in the race have proposed sweeping changes. Where has she been? Ah, that's right asleep at the switch - there isn't a difference in her performance as Lg - when she did nothing to stop John Rowland's thievery and her conduct now where she does nothing while the state's infrastructure crumbles and health care costs rise exponentially.

Being Gov. implies a vision - she doesn't have one - she governs like a minority party legislator legislates - reaction not action.

Finally, if her highness the untouchable is so great and you disagree with the obvious - don't call it a rant - pony up a defense; though I realize you haven't because you can't. Anon818

Gio said...

Alan Schlesinger--Now that's a guy we can rally around!!! The more I read and here the guy the more I respect Rell for wanting to deep six him. Holy Toledo--the guy is a f-ing joke!!! He'll be lucky to get 5%. I'm thinking maybe Joe will run as a Repub--Schlesinger is a joke.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 818 / 1100 -

The answer to everyone of your questions was answered in previous comments. Try looking back.

And yes, I say "should be coming soon" because in my opinion the plans offered by JDS and the half a plan offered by DM are garbage and unrealistic. How many times are we going to use the same pool of money to pay for a million different thinngs that cost 10 times what is in that pool? Wake up bud

Gio said...

And another thing--Rell is going to clean whom-evers clock. Universal healthcare ain't gonna make a bit of differnece in this race. You think 400,000 uninsured people are going to swing this election??? get real. We live in the Insurance State--guess what Universal Healthcare means--bye-bye Insurance Companies. I am sure the employees at Aetna are all over that!!!

bluecoat said...

I beleive Rell thinks her program to eliminate the car tax is real tax releif - and that's the problem. The only tax releif was to stop the outrageous spending and confront the lonstanding budget nonsense brought to us by Rowland, Sullivan and Lyons - and now her ammann and williams; all she wants to do is short circuiting a revenue source to pay for the elimination of the tax - that's not tax releif. Jodi beleives CT can spend its way out of its fiscal mess the same way Malloy does; this jury is still out on JDS.

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

You aren't wrong on the budget stuff, I agree 100%...and why have a cap if we ignore it? But can you tell me for one second that it will get better with Malloy or DeStefano working with Amann and Williams? If you think so I got a bridge I wanna sell you

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

WTIC pulls MacLean (Bruce and Colin show) interview off website.

MacLean seems to have constant problems with the truth.


Odd considering his website.


He refuses to show up at Republican functions if Miriam is also going to be there.

bluecoat said...

ADANR: I have no party affiliation and both jobs need to be seperated to make the GOP strong is the real point as you may know; and you can't have people from the old scholl like ACR who is also a member of GOP State Central make excuses for the party Chair when he or she screws up like he did with his claim to heve vetted AS - that's mediocrity; strenght is acknowledging a mistake, correcting it and never doing it again but the old school is never ever wrong.

bluecoat said...

DG: I have said I wouldn't vote for Malloy already and I just said the jury is out on JDS but maybe you hadn't seen my post. It's hard to imagine though that it could be much worse. The budget cap is a joke and it was a joke under Rowland who was always declaring emergenceis - and Jodi knew about it, didn't she. I said before to you that Jodi should have finished her term for the good of the state and the party; she may win and as at least I know she ain't in charge of the idea farm...

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat -

I am part of the new guard within the party as I am under 30 and very active and I gotta tell you, you are off base. Gallo can't do ANYTHING at this point. His hands are tied. The only thing he can do is not support Schlesinger...an option that may come to be if they cannot get him out. You can make the arguement that he should have known before but it wasn't a race at that time and nobody even imagined it would be so waste time and resources on it...if someone wanted to put their name up, so be it. Obviously it has changed since...

As for learning from the mistake...I can assure that this won't happen again. Gallo is sharp as a tack and won't allow it to happen.

disgruntled_republican said...

Can you name a single Lt. Governor that had an active role in the operations of the state?

Not a one....

Gimme a break with the "she shoulda known crap"

bluecoat said...

DG: I know Gallo can't do anything; my point is last week he said that the only mistake he made was vetting AS under his real name and not his fake names; the truth is that if he vetted him he did a crappy job; and I'll go one step further and tell you that it was obvious AS was a sacrificial lamb -How come Gallo couldn't keep Shays from endorsing Liebrman? no doubt many find Jodi to be a nice lady but I have never known a CEO type that was louded for his or her niceness by the stakeholders!

Anonymous said...

How can AS be a card counter and still lose in a casino?

He would have a better chance of being Senator in NJ now that we know he was visiting there and leaving money in the casinos...he can say he was stimulating jobs in NJ..

bluecoat said...

there you go again DG ith Gimme a break with the "she shoulda known crap" then she should have had some self respect and not read form the teleprompter all of Johhnyys's great deeds with taxpayer funds that Federal Judge and CT Republican Peter Dorsey found so redeeeming.

Caped Crusader said...

Bluecoat:

Gallo could (or could not) vett the guy all he wanted. But the fact remains that Schlesinger, not Gallo, filed candidacy papers. Schlesinger, not Gallo, went around as the only Senate candidate and got delegate committments. And Schlesinger, not Gallo, wanted Schlesinger to run. Take a hint from your own party--state party chairs don't control the ballot anymore!

Has Gallo single-handedly kept the lights on at the CTGOP? Yes.
Is Gallo on his way to bringing the CTGOP back from the Rowland/Shepardson/Hamzy brink of financial disaster? Yes.
Is Gallo actually working with candidates across the state to, omigod, get them elected? Yes.

So enough of this crap-on-Gallo day. Every state GOP chairman since DePino has been dealt a SH*TTY hand, thanks both to Rowland's implosion and Rell's alienation of all things lobbyist. Let's take lobbyist/business contributions away from the CTDEMS and see where they are. They'll be waitressing in Coach's, instead of working above it.

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out why Mohegan banned Schlesinger? It seems like whenever he graces the green felt tables he single-handedly pays the salary of the guy emptying the ash trays.

bluecoat said...

Caped: I have no party affiliation and it is good the partychair does not control the ballot anymore. But the party chair can do things to encourage good candidiates to come forward and I don't see that happening in too many places but maybe you do - and I thought Hamzy took over after rowland was gone but I ould be wrong on that but I don't think so because at the time I was registered Republican and...

disgruntled_republican said...

There are many good republican candidates through-out the state...take a look at the wiki to familiarize yourself with some of them. And in Gallo's first year as Executive Director the GOP captured the Top office in munerous towns throught-out CT...if you think Gallo wasn't involved in these races you are being naive.

Stretchy McStretch said...

It appears the Dems have planted an astute mole in the CT GOP camp. Otherwise, how would they know that the Governor sits around all day long, eating bon bons and thinking up clever plots to do nothing and still win the election in November? Clearly she is willfully indolent and cares little for inner city youth or our seniors. That must be why I've seen her tooling around Brookfield with George Gallo, keying cars and popping the balloons of small children.

Ahem...

Or maybe she spent her time as LG working hard behind the scenes on things like early childhood education and promoting computer literacy, rather than snooping around John Rowland's office looking for corruption. And maybe--just maybe--she spends her time now actually governing our state. It's easy to propose grandiose plans that spend fictional tax dollars, but I'd love to see Malloy or DeStefano actually implement these pie-in-the-sky policy dreams if they are elected…

bluecoat said...

the Republicans lost Fairfield and Westport where R's outnumber D's but there are lots of U's there DG; as I pointed out the other day Republican primary challeneger Tim White (who I don;t know BTW) out of the 89th is still tring to get a promised debate from the guy he is up against; you have a long way to go to build a party that can represent people today and not the old bosses.

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat: would that be the same "local intervention" that lost the seat in the first place to Drew? or possibly the "local intervention" that has kept the town in Flatto's hands so long? i would humbly advise against too much "local intervention" if mr. disanctis hopes to win.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

bluecoat said... "
where he sent the kid down the wrong road..."


State Central, contrary to what you seem to think does not run individual campaigns.

If a Republican candidate goes down the wrong road it's because they ignored the maps available at st cent.

We have seminars, loads of guidence and can offer a lot of help...but we are not in charge of over 100 campaigns.

BTW - In my opinion DePino was as lousy a chairman as Tom D`Amore. Herb Sheperdson had a tough job with Johnny tanking; Hamzy was swamped between a new baby, being a state rep and having a pretty good law practice going, in the middle of his term his father passed away to boot. Bill Hamzy deserves a medal.

Gallo is a driven genius

An "A" personality with a high level of caffine. If he doesn't fall over dead on us he'll go down as Connecticut's Lee Atwater.

If I ever found myself on the other side of an arguement with him I'd change my mind and not bother trying to get him to my side. I have complete faith in his abilities.

bluecoat said...

Let's see state rep Drew(in the 132nd) two years ago knocked out long time incumbent state rep. Carl Dickman who last I knew was a member of GOP state central but that could have changed; and on the First Selectman job, we'll just go back one election cycle to when Flatto knocked down State Rep. Jack Stone who was heavily backed by Jodi at several fundraisers - Flatto won by default!. and ACR reads poorly or just likes to spin - I know who runs campaigns and I know who gives advice - and I can tell you Fairfield County isn't buying what state central's marketing ....and we could talk about how Joe Mioli knocked out Ken Bernhard in '04 - Bernhard was a superb rep. and he lost with the anti-Bush tide...

disgruntled_republican said...

Bluecoat-

Or maybe we could stay in 2005 and 2006 when Gallo has been Chairman? Hmmm?

Anonymous said...

Gallo is a genius? I would like to know who this genius is supporting in the 2006 elections because your genius has a history of taking credit for every winner after the fact and never talks about his losers. Let's see how much of a genius he really is by letting us know up front who he is going to help win or taking a special interest in (Jodi Rell does not count). Somebody else asked before and the genius or his state central friends never responded. I wonder why?

bluecoat said...

DG: or maybe you could realize I was addressing the spinner anonymous on that post but not you.

bluecoat said...

and DG I was a little short there so let me clarify: Stone lost to Flatto in fairfield in '05 and Izzo lost to Joseloff in '05 in Westport. I comment on what I know and admittedly it ain't Enfield.

bluecoat said...

the Republicans also lost the Darien First selectman seat in '05 where they had a shot, too.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for that list of people Gallo is pushing to victory for 2006? Come on State Central, let's see it.

bluecoat said...

anon 12:58: you are right on; warm bodies are warm bodies; they are playing a holding game and protecting what they have instead of going boldly where no one has gone before - Johhnny lite..

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said... "
Gallo is a genius? I would like to know who this genius is supporting in the..."


You fail to understand the job or function of GOP party chair.

This year it is to survive period.

The Johnny Boy fiasco left state central badly in the red.

Gallo has been doing all the heavy lifting to get us out of the hole.

Our headquarters move alone saved us something like 30K a year and we've got a nicer location too.

bluecoat said...

about time we heard the truth instead of all the chest beating about a strong under ticket.

bluecoat said...

Glad to hear Gallo is doing a good job with managing the office two years after Johnny went to jail; I am not sure where the brilliance as a party chair comes in on that but I am sure I'm just a bit naive on this stuff; anon, I have heard Gallo given credit for the Moccia win in Norwalk - I guess so.

Anonymous said...

ACR...So Gallo won't deserve or take credit for any wins at the end of 2006?

If he will take credit, which ones will he deserve credit for or does he have to see who wins first?

Anonymous said...

I can't say who Gallo's targets are this year--but then, if I did, it would be a little Rubenstein-esque to discuss them before the election now wouldn't it.

I will say that I'll put Gallo's record up against, say, ex-con Foley's anyday. Should I start or finish with Schlesinger?

Anonymous said...

Another Anon818 reply:

full disclosure: a gratuitous Christine Ragalia shot at the bottom of this post!

Earlier I asked for Jodi's defenders to actually put up a defense. Feeble! Specific repsonses to specific comments below. Generally, however, not a single response to what she has actually accomplished as Gov. Not even a response as to what she has proposed as Gov., other than of course the elimination of the car tax - which so many people have covered was an absolute mess from jump street.

Once again: rise to the challenge - what has she done or proposed?And by the way: that means it needs to have been her idea - NOT an idea a Democratic Legislator had and she signed onto - something she came up with to make things better in this state. Create a job? insure a kid? unsnarl a traffic jam?

relax folks, I'm not expecting much in the way of a defense. As passionate and knowledgable as her defenders are around here, I realize that you can't turn Chicken Sh*t into Chicken Salad!

Now for the comments I did get: the first commentator was offended when I said she knew about Johnny boys corruption. Actually I didn't say she knew - I said she either knew which made her complicit OR she didn't know which makes her an idiot! There's a difference. Moreover, its not a what LG ever did anything issue. Its a do you have any honor and should you remain second bannana to a crook thing. In other words, if it was widely enough known that the Courant could expose it in December 03 and Bill Curry could run on it on 02 - she should have known about it and if she didn't she's an idiot! (actually I don't think she's an idiot - I think she didn't want to know - looked the other way on purpose and was really happy with a title she could never have gotten on without Rowland in the first place and wasn't going to rock the boat. That's worse than being an idiot!)

Next - I get references to computer literacy and childhood education? Worthy programs, though working on them and accomplishing something are two different things....what did she accomplish, propose, write about, discuss, or otherwise do on these issues? Moreover, has she actually done anything in the last two years during which she has actually been the Gov?

The answer is simple - nothing zip zilch nada. She can't even fire Rowland's people without screwing it up. Think about people - Gov Good and Pure had Christine Ragalia overseeing fraud - after she had admitted taking the same bribes and gifts that Alibozek and Elef took? Something like asking the fox to guard the hen house!

bluecoat said...

when Schlesinger threw his hat in the ring Gallo remarked that he was just the kind of candidate "we" are looking for?

Anonymous said...

Why is it when somebody questions Gallo that one of his defenders fires back with Foley? Are you people jealous of Foley's record?

bluecoat said...

anon 2:09: you make some excellent points but some of these people actually feel that Jodi has done a fab job becuase she is so kind and warm. I would take issue on Ammann with the transpo stuff - the Fairfield County Republicans helped to bring Jodi around when at first she was stuck in a position of inaction but they gave her the credit for the iniative. the bad of it is the the train cars should have been rightly bonded but the credit cards are maxed out. - I still haven't quite figured out what the real delay is with picking a vendor for the M8 railcars either - something is fishy.

Paul said...

People are beginning to realize, albeit reluctantly for some, that Jodi Rell is more than a bit of a phony. I think that people may be finally gettng past their Rowland fatigue and are more willing to pay attention. The Moody stuff certainly hasn't helped Rell, reinforcing her willingness to overlook behavior of those close to her. The next big thing has real potential for damage though. That will be if the media and others start asking Rell what she knew about Judge Sullivan's actions and when did she know it. Her hurry up and confirm strategy with Sullivan at her side was plenty suspicious.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't anyone talking about the two DEP officers that were given a hard time for investigating Rell's son when he got caught with a stolen watercraft. Blumenthal had to step in, these guys almost lost their jobs for going after Saint Jodi's son.