Monday, August 14, 2006

Open Forum

Lieberman 46%, Lamont 41%. Could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

Malloy thinks about the future. At least his doesn't involve being crushed by Jodi Rell.

Slightly old news, but Elissa Wright in Groton won her race when someone flipped a coin. Can we decide Lieberman-Lamont that way, too?

Congressional Races Update

We're done with our Democratic primary, but our neighbors to the north are just getting started with theirs, which is scheduled for next month.

What else is happening?

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any General Assembly seats worth discussing (this is Connecticut Local Politics afterall).
I have followed a few Senate seats and believe the R's best chance is winning in the 16th (Cheshire, Waterbury, Southington, Wolcott). Caliguiri has been all over the district and has almost a 2-1 fundraising advantage. His website is also excellent.
I originally thought the 12th (Guilford, Branford, North Branford, Durham, Killingworth, Madison) was another the R's could win because Meyer isn't particulary strong, but no real R candidate came forward. The guy the R's have running appears to be just a warm body as he can't raise any money whatsoever. I also heard him speak once and it wasn't pretty.
Although Rell is extremely popular and the D Senate ticket is split, I unfortanetly (I lean to the right) can't see the R's making any huge gains in the State Senate due primarily to very few electable candidates coming forward. I am sure many were waiting for 2008 and public financing but with the recent happenings (Lamont-Lieberman) I bet many are wishing they had decided to run.

Anonymous said...

Caliguri has too much baggage and will get slammed because of his Rowland affiliation and concert ticket ethical problems. All of his money has been raised from Attorneys, Pac's & Lobbyists. Not exactly what the Governor has been advocating. Zoni has been running a strong campaign and will win regardless of Sammy's rich friends that want to buy the Senate seat.

If Sammy's the best chance than Republican's have Zero chance of picking up any seats.

Anonymous said...

How about the 14th? (Milford, Orange, West Haven). Dem incumbent Gayle Slossberg vs. Former Milford Mayor Lisman's wife Barbara. Most believe as Milford goes so will this race. (Lisman will carry Orange & Slossberg WH).

Chris MC said...

The Stamford Advocate piece linked to in your post is right on the money GC.

Anonymous said...

Capanera and Caliguiri is Deluca's big One-Two punch for the Senate R's. I say both will be knocked out by Zoni-Doyle.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Zoni has been running a strong campaign and will win regardless of Sammy's rich friends that want

You're kidding around right?

Zoni's money comes from one union; he's bought & paid for and will be so beholden to his keepers that there's no chance of his ever doing anything to represent the district. Everyone knows it too.

He's dodged repeated chances for a debate, and refused to be on Al Terzi's show with Sam.

Sam's out raised him just shy of 3 to 1

Zoni will be lucky to carry his own hometown by double digits and probably will lose in all four towns in the district.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said...
Capanera and Caliguiri is Deluca's big One-Two punch for the Senate R's. I say both will be knocked out by Zoni-Doyle.


I don't bet, but I'll take your money.

100 bucks on each race?

Anonymous said...

Capenera & Caliguri are a couple of big bafoons. How could Rell-Deluca-Krivda support those idiots? I can see why Democrats control the Senate 2-1. Geez!

Anonymous said...

ACR - Capanera? are you sure you want to lay down your c note on a former elvis impersonator, former bookie, under the table paying, ethically impaired candidate like that? Gov. Snow White wouldn't approve.

Anonymous said...

What's the odd's on Capenera beating Doyle? Should we call Alan Gold and ask him?

Brass Anon said...

Caligiuri is a decent guy, but he is well-hated by a big faction of Waterbury Republicans (Augelli/Awaad) for the way he grabbed the Aldermanic presidency position away from Augelli in 2000 by getting Democrat support. That coup will probably cost him a lot of GOP support in his race. Zoni is strong in Southington, and he has great union support. I think Zoni will pull out a close one.

Anonymous said...

Up in Enfield...

In the 58th, Sue Lavelli-Hozempa knocked on her 1,000th door last weekend. She has been working her butt off and has gotten a lot of positive feedback. Also, her website is now up, www.sue4the58th.com, but still under construction. Certainly she faces an uphill battle but if anyone can pull this race off it is her.

Also, she was on the Jim Vicevich Show last Tuesday and he absolutely loves her and has said she will be back on. Others must like her too as he received an influx of calls the 2 days after she was on with him.

I'm telling you now, this is one to watch!

Anonymous said...

If Capanera and Caliguiri are so bad why would Rell be stumping for them? BTW, be careful what you say about Elvis.I love Elvis!

Anonymous said...

>>How could Rell-Deluca-Krivda ...


Krivda?


Quick, over the past 26 years please show me a campaign Krivda deserves credit for winning.

I've long wondered how much the Dems must pay him for his "efforts".

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:49 (or should we say "Billy Ciotto in sheep's clothing"):

Keep slinging the mud and see where it gets ya. These are absolutely baseless claims and I would have hoped GC would not have allowed them to be posted without some modicum of proof.

Ralph as a "bookie" and "under the table paying ethically impaired candidate?" Complete nonsense, unless you placed a bet with him, or got paid under the table by him. In which case you are complicit and owe us some back taxes, jackass.

The Democrats didn't seem to have much of a problem with Ralph when he was a member of their party--in fact, quite the opposite. Amazing how quickly they turn.

And keep spewing the fat jokes, and the "Elvis impersonator" lines as though it is somehow a bad thing to be both talented and heavy. I guess your next invective will be against Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, or Chubby Checkers?

If you're a Dem and have to win that district (which is heavily tilted in your favor) by shameful smearing and character attacks, then you've already lost.

Anonymous said...

1) The fact that George Krivda has been able to keep his job for as long as he has should be enough to have your political credentials put beyond reproach.

2) krivda is actually a helluva guy and knows how to win. The problem is: look at the candidates he has to work with! The Republican state senators are all pretty decent politicians and savvy campaigners. You'd be hard-pressed to pick one that doesn't belong there. Among the Democrat state senators, however, there are more than a few imbeciles who fell ass-backwards into their seats due to heavy D districts and moronic R candidates.

bluecoat said...

Malloy's City fails to train all police officers in use of defibrillators as it had promised and apparently a cop died of an MI at PD HQ because no one could assist.

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat: perhaps training the cops in exercise and proper diet would have been a more lifesaving technique than training them in Krispy Kremes and defibrillators.

Anonymous said...

Malloy has no future...everytime he runs the " other faction" up north here along with the progressives..will organize against him...

Anonymous said...

>>2) krivda is actually a helluva guy and knows how to win

Let him prove it once in a while.

He has a horrible record.

Anonymous said...

Malloy is done.

Glassman 2010

Anonymous said...

If Krivda and the Senate R's have Capanera and Caliguri on their "A" list than you will see why they are far in the Minority. These guys are just Kevin Connors type candidates ready to get pounded by the opposition. How much money will they invest in these two losers? I swear,DeLuca and Krivda must be on the Senate Dem's payroll.

Derby Conservative said...

How about Romano-Gentile in the 104th? Ansonia and Derby are aching for some fresh leadership. JR pretty much single handedly guided Mayor Staffieri to his victory over popular 4-term incumbent democrat Mayor Marc Garofalo in Derby last year and now he has his sights set on Linda Gentile.

The man has already knocked on over 3,000 doors and has been at every event in the district talking to the people. I saw them both at the Holy Rosary Italian Festival in Ansonia this weekend and while JR worked the crowd making nice with all the seniors there to listen to the band, Linda stayed in the pastry booth selling cannoli. Linda, here’s a hint…the people were waiting in line for the cannoli, not to see you.

Prediction: Based on the fact that Linda hasn’t done any doors and refuses to reach out to the people, Romano by 8 points.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

Getting back to the post, Massachusetts is a great example of how Democrats really blow things.

How in the name of Whitey Bulger have the Democrats been out of power in the governor's seat in that state since 1990?

Mr X said...

When will Tom Swan and Liz Dupont-Diehl get the picture...Apologize to Waterbury.The best apology would be Tom Swan's departure from The Campaign.Gee I wonder why Liz was on Beyond The Headlines on Fox 61 a few weeks before the primary.
I guess they wanted to hide"their embarassing and doofus acting Campaign Manager" so he wouldn't say something dumb.Then he does after the primary anyway.

Ned Lamont.....a disaster waiting to happen. Go Lieberman!!!!!!

Genghis Conn said...

FatGuy,

The most powerful single person in MA is the Speaker of the House. Dems have a supermajority in both houses (or have for long stretches), so the governor is essentially irrelevant. The old speaker, Finneran, made sure that weak Democratic gubernatorial candidates were put up against the likes of Weld, Celeucci and then Romney. But now he's gone. So it may happen this year.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

GC,

I have respect for your analysis, but I think you are factually wrong. My guys had Joe Kennedy III slotted in for Beacon Hill- until he ran into some usual family difficulties. The speaker was on board with this plan- and giving the seat to a Kennedy would have been inconsistent with such.

Mark Roosevelt, Shannon O'Brien, et al, were about the best they could do over those years.

Bringing it back to CLP, I think that your take is the old "I meant to do that!" strategy. New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts have had 12-16 years of Republican governors. Can't ignore this. No excuse, we should have had those states.

Genghis Conn said...

FatGuy,

My knowledge of MA politics is admittedly spotty. I only know what I've heard from people up there.

In truth, the reason why Democrats haven't won the governor's chair in either state probably just comes down to good candidates on the GOP side, and lousy ones on the Dem side. I mean, Barbara Kennelly, come on.

Anonymous said...

GC, please look at the 1990 state budget deficits for MA and CT.

Voter's aren't irrational not to stock the zoos in Hartford or Boston with a bunch of one party pander bears

Anonymous said...

BTW, anyone else thinking Tom Swan just cost Murphy and Zoni their elections?

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said... ...
Tom Swan just cost Murphy and Zoni their elections?


Swan has done the Dems in that area of the state as much damage as Belaga did the GOP 20 years ago.