Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lamont and Edwards Event Photos

More on the event tomorrow, hopefully including video.








Senator John Edwards takes questions from bloggers before the rally.










Senator Edwards and Ned Lamont answering questions before the rally.










A large crowd gathers for the rally.










Diane Farrell is the first to speak.













Ned Speaks to the Crowd.
























Senator John Edwards takes the stage.


























Supporters wait to meet With Lamont and Edwards.

49 comments:

ken krayeske said...

Two Americas, Mr. Edwards?

One of those America's is worth between $90 and $300 million. The other is worth around $12,000 or less.

Something seems incongruous here.

TrueBlueCT said...

Nice photos.

Can I post a photo as part of a comment? Kos allows you to, but I don't think Blogger does.

CTKnows said...

CGG, any conservative bloggers in attendance or just the usual bunch?

cgg said...

Trueblue: Blogger won't host the image, but if there's a link you could try HTML. No idea if it will work or not though.

CTKnows: I met a few bloggers that I didn't know previously but I don't think any of them were Conservatives.

Genghis Conn said...

The first picture of Edwards is great.

I wonder how he'll do in 2008. Probably better than Dodd.

The True Gentleman said...

Great pictures, cgg. Looks like it was a nice event. I think it's interesting that the order was Farrell-Lamont-Edwards. I would have thought that Senator Edwards would have gone first (or after Ms. Farrell) and then introduced Mr. Lamont as the finale. Look forward to your post tomorrow about what was said...

Genghis Conn said...

Hm. Good point, TG. Was this a Lamont event, a Farrell event, or an Edwards event?

And wasn't DeStefano supposed to be there?

The True Gentleman said...

I thought it was a Lamont event (with Edwards as the key campaigner for him). At least, that is how I remember reading it in the news...but I could be mistaken because it sounds like it was an Edwards for '08 event if he went last.

cgg said...

It was a Lamont event. But Edwards is a more experienced and polished speaker so the order made sense.

Anonymous said...

Edwards may the the most effective, motivational, and articulate public speaker we've seen since Reagan

Jack Sparrow said...

DeStefano's absence is strange. How many people attended the event? The pictures didn't represent a large crowd, considering the cast.

Anonymous said...

Diane Farrell gets Prettier every Year.

It's a real crime that all the Dems that stuck by Joe until the end are now being F*#*#d by Joe.

Because of his selfishness they're getting no press instead of all the press.If Joe did the right thing The Headlines would be about Destefano,Courtney,Farrell and Murphy.

I spoke with her at this event and she was livid about Ct for Lieberman.

TrueBlueCT said...

So Edwards wanted to come to Connecticut to share in the Lamont campaign's magic? Good for Ned, good for us. We suddenly matter.

But wait, Edwards gave a lengthy speech, after Lamont. Oh no!

What True Gentleman won't want to talk about tomorrow is the subject matter of Edwards speech, -- The Two Americas where the rich people get richer and richer and richer, and poverty and poor people are conveniently swept under the rug.

Edwards gave a rousing, inspiring speech, talking about what should be, --an America that is a bright shining light for the world, a society that doesn't fail so many of its citizens, and about the need for the wealthy to give back, 'cause no one has risen to success entirely on their own. (yep, standing on the shoulders of giants.)

Ned is a perfect complement to John Edwards, because, 1)Ned Lamont wants to give back to the community. 2)Ned understands the daily hardship of so many working Americans. And 3)Ned has a solid vision of what America's role should be in relationship to the world. (hint: not the bullying policeman embodied by Bush, the Neo-Cons, and Lieberman.)

Together, John and Ned made me proud to be an American. I wish I could say the same about Bush, Rell, and Lieberman.

TrueBlueCT said...

GC--

DeStefano wasn't there b/c he was afraid his attendance would violate his neutrality agreement with Yale-New Haven Hospital. (Edwards is very much pro-collective bargaining, and the event was held on the Med Center campus.)

But he was there in spirit, because like John Edwards, DeStefano is concerned about America's less fortunate. (you know those people who the Right wants to demonize and sweep under the rug.)

When was the last time Bush, Lieberman, or Rell talked about the hardships and difficulties that working families must face daily? When did they last advocate for universal health care? Or for a higher minimum wage? (whoops, that right. Lieberman never mentioned the min. wage in 2005, but is using it as a campaign issue in 2006.)

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

"How to lose while lookin' good!"

by John Edwards and Ned Lamont

due out W.W. Norton, 12/06

Anonymous said...

well, for a few hours Hugh Keefe was challenged as New Haven's top lawyer I suppose.

Though I'm no big fan of hubby's faux populism I hope the Mrs. is doing better these days.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does that first photo of Mr. Edwards remind you of an old Christy Brinkley magazine cover from the 80's.


C'mon admit it... the boy likes the camera a tad too much....

The True Gentleman said...

TrueBlue, your comments on this post have become far from laudable. Why is it that you take everything a commenter posts and turn it into a negative? Did you ever consider that I just thought it was interesting that Senator Edwards spoke last (which symbolizes that he was the keynote speaker) because I was under the impression that he was campaigning for Mr. Lamont and not the other way around. My post was not a slight to anyone in attendance, and because I generally enjoy political debate concerning the direction/future of our State and country, I AM interested in what everyone had to say at the event.

It is disappointing that posters cannot make any sort of a comment without you questioning or attacking them. You might want to rethink your tactics (and this post has NOTHING to do with party affiliation).

Anonymous said...

GC: I don't know how you would go about it but in light of Jim Amann's decision not to support the partys endorsed candidate Ned Lamont it would be nice to see a list of all the State Reps and a committment of who they will support. It would be good to know how many support Joe Lieberman with the Speaker.

Thanks for your consideration.

Anonymous said...

TrueBlueCT said: "Ned understands the daily hardship of so many working Americans."

LMAO

TB, your comments get funnier every day. C'mon, did Ned learn to understand the "daily hardship" at the Round Hill Club? At Harvard? At his vacation home (Hamptons, Vineyard, Cap Cade or whereever it may be)? At his office in Greenwich, CT? Did he learn it at the dinner table as a young man during the family's living political debate?

I will say this again. I have met Ned. He seems like a nice man. But he grew up with every privilege in the world, went to the best prep schools and universities and was handed millions by his parents, and while there is nothing wrong with that, if he were a Republican, TB, you and others would be killing him.

Vote for Lamont, I have no problem with that, but please don't sell us this he's a "common man" and a "regular guy" crap, because he's not.

Anonymous said...

TB - Please get your facts straight before you post. The CT minimum wage, which is either the highest or second highest in the nation, was raised by the legislature and supported by Governor Rell.

AB said...

Yes, Ned understands the daily hadrships facing ordinary americans......huh...the guy was born with a silver, very large silver sppon in his mouth. he has never wanted to for anything in his life......and he understand the hardships we face? Are you delusional? Very few of these guys do...and certainly not Neddie.......that aside, the guy is so blatantly clueless to the realities of the threas we face from global terrorism at the hands of islamic fanatics. yes thast right, Islam is the enemy. When the goal of a religious group is world domination, whose leaders openly adovacte hatred for jews and christians, they are indeed the enemy of mankind. Neddie thinks we should tell those bad peopel to be nice....yeah that will work....

AB said...

By the way before you attack me....I am as critical of Bush's handling of the war as anyone.......but the premise is dead on....we have to take the fight to them on their front before they bring it here....

One more thing, Edwards is a sharp, likeable man....and I think he does get it when it comes ot understanding what we face everyday....cuz he grew up with nothing and worked his butt off to get what he has....thats why I like him...I dont agree with everything he says but in general he is someone i could support....

Anonymous said...

Thus "working family" is part of "rich benficiairies of Bush's tax cuts" and is trying to figure out how to pay $3900 for a new transmission on the Buick. Running a huge visa balance isn't good and I don't want to drain my checking account.

I'm sure Ned's conumdrum about where he would find the ONE MILLION DOLLARS to buy a painting is very relevant to my dilemma

Rush Knows said...

Anon 8:54... You will never see a list of who the Democratic State Reps support because privately many of them are still with Joe Lieberman. They don't want to make the lib's upset.

Anonymous said...

Rush, you could be right. My current State Rep who is pretty conservative told me the publicly he will support Lamont but privately he supports Lieberman. He’s in for a tough race so I can’t say that I blame him.

Anonymous said...

Ken Krayeske...



Two Americas, Mr. Edwards?

One of those America's is worth between $90 and $300 million. The other is worth around $12,000 or less.


I assume that you think Alan Schlesinger and Joe Lieberman better embody that $12,000 or less demographic? Like most working American, they both only have a few million to throw around...

CTRevolution said...

Edwards in 08!!! While he may have changed his stump speech from the two americas theme, it was none the less inspiring. He talked about one of the more important philosophical differences between Democrats and Republicans. Republicans think everyone can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Democrats realize that climbing the economic ladder to success is not done alone. Every man in this country that has become successful has taken a path crafted by society and those before them. Edwards talked about his great success, but acknowledged that it wouldn't of come about with public schools, without society there giving him the opportunity.

And that's what this election is about, giving opportunities to every person, not just the rich. So that everyone has a chance in life. Jodi Rell doesn't think it's a problem that 400,000 people in CT don't have health care. George Bush doesn't think it's a problem that 40 million plus in the US don't have health care. Jodi Rell doesn't think it's a problem that Connecticut is nearly dead last in job growth and that college graduates are fleeing the state. George Bush has no problem with American jobs being outsourced leaving the American working man out of luck. And both Rell and Bush have been incompetent on education, with tuition's rising 8-10 percent a year, it's becoming harder and harder for students to go to college, and that if they can get through high school. John Edwards is right that it's time for a change and we can start at home by voting for Lamont and DeStefano.

bluecoat said...

we have to take the fight to them on their front before they bring it here.... great soundbite but it has nothing to do with combatting terror tactics and startegy.

BRubenstein said...

Anon 9:29..While Ned might not be the common man...he employs them in his business and did volunteer work in the Bridgeport school system..so its not like he is out of touch with the everyday travails of life for the average person.....you dont have to be a common man to understand and sympathize with them...his heart is in the right place...

BTW Joementum is a multi millionaire too and travels with an entourage..others clean his offices...pack his bags..etc....and is far more removed from the average person then Lamont is or ever would be.

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

Tell it, CTRevolution!

Sing to us how Red Johnny's universal health care will save all those jobs at Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth, The Hartford, MetLife, Oxford and Traveler's!

Throw down about all those jobs we're going to create when Red Johnny whips up a cool billion -- that's BILLION with a B -- in new taxes on everything in Connecticut!

Let's all clap along as we hear again how Edison, Ford, Carnegie, Gates and Jobs owe everything they have to Enterprise Zones and TANF!

Um.

Or not.

Anonymous said...

BR - Anon. 9:29 here.

I don't necessarily disagree with your comments.

I am not familiar with Lamont's business to know anything about his employees. And, I am certainly not defending Lieberman, either. And I agree that you can understand the common man regardless of your background. Indeed, one of my political heroes is Bobby Kennedy, case in point.

My point is simple: the Lamont supporters are trying to paint a picture of him that simply does not fit in my opinion; and, furthermore, if he had an R next to his name, rather than a D, much of this crowd would be crucifying him over his background (I think you know that is true BR).

So why can't we just say, Lamont is a Democrat, he's not Bush, not Lieberman, and espouses many of the liberal philosophies that appeal to many people in CT.

Then, why don't we have an honest debate about the issues. Personally, I am tired of hearing pols talk about Bush's deception, WMDs, blah, blah blah. While important, those issues are NOT the most important ones facing our nation.

I want to hear Lamont's plan for troop withdrawl - does he favor a set date, as espoused by Sen. Kerry, or is he for benchmarks, or is he for immediate withdrawl?

What is his position on Lebanon?

What does he think the US should be doing re: North Korea and Iran's quest for nuclear weapons?

What is his solution to social security and the fact that it will go bankrupt - does he favor higher taxes, raising the age, decreasing benefits, privitization, or some combination of the above?

I'll stop there. But my point is, if he truly wants to represent refreshing change, then let's see it.

But, I will be honest, I see him as just another politician. I'll give you just one example why I feel that way: Lamont has constantly talked about the corruption of DC politics and that there are 62? lobbyists for every M.C. (so I guess lobbyists are bad), yet Lamont's campaign manager is a paid lobbyist in Hartford. That is a fact, and it's speaks to a lack of consistency and, in my opinion, honesty on Lamont's part.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, you got ONE MILLION DOLLARS to spare for somthin to hang on the wall...real freakin common if you ask me...

speaking of the "common man" how many did Neddie fire while he pulled down a $500K salary last year?

he;s more like Daddy Warbucks than Horatio Alger

CTRevolution said...

A Different Anonymous, your commments show how off base Rell supporters are from confronting the problems facing CT.

Universal Health Care will help create jobs! Ask small business owners what their biggest problem is. Ask Wal Mart execs, it's health care. We have a system that costs way more then it should, thanks to the Republican party's missteps. It needs to be reformed, and universal health care is the best way to lower prices across the board.

And taxes, resorting to the old tax and spend liberal stereotype, what a joke, you're better then that. Let's be honest, millionaires have done quite well under the Bush administration and it's about time they paid their fair share. So DeStefano won't be cutting the estate tax, but here's a tip, for most people, there taxes will go down, because DeStefano will help alleviate the property taxes that are hurting communities all over the state.

Wake up Anonymous and face the reality of the situtation. No more throwing around stereotypes, it's time to fix these problems and we need a new governor to do it.

Anonymous said...

"millionaires have done quite well under the Bush administration "

Bob Matthews did quite well under the DeStefano adminstration. he got a huge tax break.

Homeowners didn;t

BRubenstein said...

Anon..a few of you...

I believe that it doesnt matter how wealthy you are..its more about your heart and head as to how sympathetic you are to the common person...i believe Ned is sympathetic to the common person and not "removed" nearly as much as Lieberman is..and has been for years.

For a birds eye view of Ned's position on a wide variety of issues do go to his webpage and see them...and i think they will be headlined much more then they were at the primary stage...

BTW you are wrong in that Ned's campaign manager was to the best of my knowledge and belief the Director of CCAG and not a paid lobbyist...

Ned made over 500k last year..from a business he started and developed..on his own..with no help from anyone...that should tell you he has wonderful business and entrepenurial skills..just the kind of person we should all want in the Senate..instead of some hackmeister who has been living off the government teet for a generation.

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

CTR:

I don't know what small business owners you're talking to, but none of the ones I know cite health care as their "biggest problem" ... and it's a sure bet they don't think $350 million in new taxes is the cure, the way your guy does.

And as for taxes, unless that b-with-a-billion in taxes is only coming out of millionaires' pockets -- and it isn't; we know Redn Johnny has businesses, electric utilities and people who make $500,000 and up in his sights, among others -- your argument is completely specious.

And unless he plans to cut spending, a prospect which I find laughable, something has to replace the property tax money, which means he's effectively robbing Peter to pay Paul. Please spare me the sanctimony about suffering property tax payers if all it means is income taxes are going to up in exchange.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 9:29/11:57 - BR I always appreciate your posts, but on one point you are dead wrong. Tom Swan is paid to run CCAG (although he is on leave to run the Lamont campaign where he is paid handsomely), but in that capacity he is a registered lobbyist. His main function is to lobby the legislature and influence the passage or defeat of legislation. That is a indisputable fact and is a matter of public record. Also, take a look in your spare time at all of the groups that provide financial support to CCAG, thus paying Swan to lobby, it is a veritable who's who of Democrats and Democrat controlled PACs.

Given that Swan is a registered lobbyist, don't you find it the least bit inconsistent that Lamont bashes lobbyists over the head, yet hires one to run his campaign?

C'mon, BR, even you can acknowledge that much. (BTW, I have nothing against lobbyists or Swan.)

Anonymous said...

brucie said: "Ned made over 500k last year..from a business he started and developed..on his own..with no help from anyone"

Right? The millions he inherited from his family (not counting the millions his wife makes) had nothing to do with him starting his own company. Give me a break.

Hey, brucie, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, too. Wanna buy it?

Anonymous said...

BR on Ned and his $500k salary

"your heart and head as to how sympathetic you are to the common person..."

Firing two thirds of your staff is really sympathetic...this guys makes Rowland's approach to state employees look benevolent

Anonymous said...

"Hey, brucie, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale, too. Wanna buy it?"

well, how about a library

http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/#lamont
or an observatory
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/index.html

self-made man....not....

cgg said...

I don't think of Lamont as a self-made man. It's great that he takes such pride in his business, but the reality is that had it failed he would have had resources to fall back on. Most of us don't have that luxury. Ned Lamont is a wealthy man. There's no way of getting around that, but I don't see his campaign trying to pretend otherwise.

Anonymous said...

CGG, let;s just say this was not an very accurate impression Mr. Lamont provided to readers of the Wall Street Journal

"In 1984, with a loan from People's Bank, I started Campus TeleVideo from scratch"

as if this was his only source of capital

I know historical revisionism is big for liberals, but ...please....

Anonymous said...

Well done cgg. I agree, and for the most part his campaign has not hidden from Ned's wealth, except for his delay in filing his tax returns.

You are the first Lamont supporter to understand who he is and be honest about it, rather than those who have tried to portray him as something he is not.

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BRubenstein said...

Anon..i wasnt aware that Tom Swan is a registered lobbyist...if he is then Ned's comment appears inconsistent and he should drop it.

BRubenstein said...

ANon..Ned took a loan out to start his business...which proves my point exactly..he didnt start the business from his inherited wealth...the fact of the matter is...all you entrepenurial conservatives should applaud him for making it and not tear him down..unless you are jealous..

Anonymous said...

BR...his career makes Bush's in the oil fields seem like hard knocks

it's the old story "I got mine, good luck the rest of ya getting yours"

Real entrepeneurs arent' spending millions on paintings. Now, the guy from Tyco....

Gabe said...

There is no career on earth that could make Bush's oil/baseball career seem like hard knocks...