Monday, August 07, 2006

Something Up in Stamford?

Secret service, D.C. plates, a bus, Joe Lieberman... Is this some sort of Monday surprise? Could be nothing... but who knows? This can only get weirder.

Update: Oops, looks like it was House Majority Leader John Boehner, whose name needs to be pronounced very carefully, sneaking into town to campaign with Rep. Shays.

I think we've all had a bit too much Lieberman-Lamont.

40 comments:

BRubenstein said...

Maybe Senator Frist,Santorum or Orrin Hatch is coming in to campaign for Joementum

Weicker Liker said...

My bet is that those guys in earpieces are actually U.S. Capitol Policemen.

Some member of the Senate Leadership must be here.

Anonymous said...

None of them get Secret Service protection. Service protection, apart from Bush and family, is saved for Clinton (hillary and bill) and Gerald Ford and the Carters.

My guess is Hillary.

Gabe said...

and nancy regan...

My guess is hilary, but her office will not confirm...

BRubenstein said...

harry reid?

Genghis Conn said...

Oddly, Lieberman isn't scheduled to be anywhere near Stamford today, although there's a big hole in his schedule from noon to about 5:30pm. All this secrecy...

disgruntled_republican said...

It's me!

Anonymous said...

Once Ronnie passed, I believe they pull service for the widow. Although, I could be mistaken.

If it's Capitol Police, it could be any number of people. Not sure what Harry Reid gets you in CT?

I'm Not Harry Reid said...

.... and it's not me!

Anonymous said...

YOu are mistaken...Nancy still has SS protection...and Carter does not...as a former president you can turn it away...he took it after office but has since sent em packin

Anonymous said...

Secret Service Authorization according to their website:

Today, the Secret Service is authorized by law to protect:
the President, the Vice President, (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the President-elect and Vice President-elect;
the immediate families of the above individuals;
former Presidents, their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse re-marries. In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former Presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former President leaves office.
children of former presidents until age 16;
visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad;
major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, and their spouses within 120 days of a general Presidential election.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to end all of the crazy speculation, but it is House Majority Leader John Boehner who is in Stamford at a fundraiser for Rep. Chris Shays.

Weicker Liker said...

These guys are probably U.S. Capitol Policemen.

The Senate & House Leadership are afforded protection by them.

Were they wearing lapel pins? If so, they could be US Secret Service.

ct_husky said...

Maybe it's a complete curveball, like a foreign dignitary? Knowing how this campaign has gone so far, I wouldn't rule anything out.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 2:45 is correct - Boehner is from Ohio.

Weicker Liker said...

So I was correct!!!

Congressman Boehner would be protected by U.S. Capitol Police.

BRubenstein said...

WHy would a Republican House leader like Boehner be visiting Joementum today?

Genghis Conn said...

He isn't. He's visiting Shays.

Oddly, he kind of snuck in with very little press.

Anonymous said...

yes, weicker liker, you are correct in that they were capitol police ... but, c'mon, I bet you thought it was for Lieberman???? Tell the truth.

ct_husky said...

BR, check out the comment above...he's here for Shays

Weicker Liker said...

Unsure why Boehner would be visiting Lieberman???

Where is the fundraiser for Shays taking place?

Anonymous said...

That's because Shays doesn't want to have anyone to know that he is having the Majority Leader in town for him - the same Leader that has OUTRAISED (for his leadership PAC) Mr. Tom DeLay, who held the same position.

Seems like he wants to believe he is an independent while using the Republican Right for money.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 302-

Perhaps the cameras were all pointing in the other direction at the Senate campaign and didn't see them??? Just a thought! Be then again it seems Farrell backers, and I assume you are one, like to leave out many, many facts when speaking...

Anonymous said...

Don't be surprised if its someone for Joementum - Why would Boehner stop at Lieberman's HQ?

I'm sticking with Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Please, the Farrell camp has been trying to paint Shays as a right-winger for 3 years. To quote a famous Southerner: "That dog don't hunt." Just look at his votes for campaign finance reform, against the Bush energy bill, for stem cell research, etc. He is truly independent and moderate (fiscally more conservative, socially more liberal, just like the people he represents).

Interesting, though, that Farrell herself claims to be the "true moderate" when she has taken $100K from MoveOn.org. She represents the far left of the spectrum. Shays will win 53-47%.

Anonymous said...

I am Anon 302 returning...

Just to say that I don't think I altered any facts. Lieberman may have people across the street, but I do know that Boehner was there for Shays! That's all I've got for ya!

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 302 -

"That's because Shays doesn't want to have anyone to know that he is having the Majority Leader in town for him" and "Seems like he wants to believe he is an independent while using the Republican Right for money."

And you wouldn;t call that distortion? I sure do. It isn;t a secret the Majority Leader is here. Never has been. And who cares how much the Majority Leader's PAC has raised as long it is raised legally, which nmobody has any reason to think it isn't.

Chris' voting record speaks for itself on his independence. If you can read, which obviously you can, you can find it with a simple google search. I suggest you do so. And if Ms. Farrewll is going to attack Chris as not being moderate and call herself the true moderate perhaps she needs to refund the moveon donations and any union donations as well as donations from leadership PACs such as Mr Larson "synergy PAC" which she has benefited greatly from.

Anonymous said...

Even Chris Murphy has called Shays an 'independent congressman'.

Anonymous said...

FYI all - Check Shays' website - the Congressional Campaign one. He does not and has not ever had the Boehner event on there. I think that is trying to keep it quiet, how bout y'all?

ctblogger said...

False alarm...nothing too see here.

GC,

Joe probably has a big hole in his schedule to do TV stuff.

bluecoat said...

Ohio Congressman Will Not Seek Re-election

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 409 -

Again, showing one slanted side without all the facts. It is a fundraiser, not a "campaign event" where the public is welsome...ya know, the invitation only type. BUt where you miss the boat on this on is that Ms. Farrell doesn't have campaign events OR fundraisers on here site...pot callin the kettle black or is she hiding. C'mon, you gotta have something betyter than this, I'm shreddin you to pieces here.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 4:09 - So I guess anything not on the Shays website is something he is trying to hide? Kind of ridiculous, don't you think? There sure are large blocks of times and days where he has nothing listed, he must be trying to hide them all. Interesting, just checked out Farrell's site, and she is missing large blocks from her daily calendar, I guess she is hiding something? Please, what an idiotic argument.

I have a question that maybe you can answer for me Anon. 4:09. Who would you support between the following candidates?

Candidate A supports the war, voted for the Bush energy bill, opposed universal health care and consistently opposes our state's teachers by supporting vouchers, or Candidate B who has a different position on each of those issues?

My guess is you support Candidate B because you share those views. So please tell me why your candidate for Congress, Ms. Farrell supports and is voting for Candidate A tomorrow? Actions speak louder than words don't you think?

Gabe said...

Just to bury this one with the fishes - I have officially heard from Hillary's campaign and she is in New York today. Not Connecticut...

bluecoat said...

Shays way to the right on his vote for the House immigration reform bill that is also impractical. He's even to the right of his friend John McCain who represents a border state and has posed a much more practical bill.

bluecoat said...

Actually, to be both fair and balanced, I should point out that Shays is to the right of former border state Texas governor, George W. Bush, on changing our immigration laws. I really don't understand his position since the economy of his district relies on undocumented immigrants who work, pay taxes with their madeup SS#'s that the IRS collections department loves and never collect a dime from the govt.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Bluecoat, Shays is in the middle on immagration. He certainly does NOT favor amnesty, ala Bush, McCain, Clinton et al. (that is the position on the left). At the same time, he does not support the bill supported by the majority of the Rs, which would essentially require the impossible - throwing 12 million illegals out of the country.

At a community meeting, I heard Shays talk very convincingly about a middle of the road position that he supports/ offered: allow illegals to get proper documentation and work here, with some type of bluecard, but do not provide them with an immediate path to citizenship that, in effect, rewards illegal behavior and puts them ahead of those who are legally in line to become citizens. They should have to go take their place in line like everyone else, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

PS Bluecoat: It's kind of a stretch to say that the economy of the 4CD "relies on undocumented immigrants." Perhaps it relies a little bit more on NYC, financial institutions and the finance sector in general ... just a guess on my part though???

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

The course of this thread made me spit out the baby food I've been eating in fits of maniacal laughter.

Ned has surely hurt Diane. This is Exhibit A. Everything is being read through the JoeNedMentum lens- the Dem challengers have no air time, no mind share.

bluecoat said...

Neither McCain nor Bush support amnesty but nice spin - and what I said was absolutely correct and here's a link to Shays own webpage on immigration and I have heard Shays speak to the issue as well.