Saturday, August 19, 2006

Weekend Open Thread

There's been an abundance of news about Lamont and Lieberman this week, but not so much about other races in the state. Hopefully that will start to pick up as August draws to a close.

What races are you all following? Is there a local candidate or race that you're particularly excited about? Plug your favorite campaign here. Then go check out that person's page at CTLP's CT Election Wiki to make sure it has a complete entry.

Edited: I also want to include an update on a story I posted last month. The DNC has officially passed the proposed changes to the Democratic Presidential primary system. CNN has the details.

What else is going on?

68 comments:

TrueBlueCT said...

Jodi Rell is sneaking around Connecticut, hoping nobody will notice her lack of vision and leadership on the big problems facing our state.

Why is it that anybody likes her as Governor? Oh yeah, she didn't get sent to jail like her friend John Rowland did.

Anonymous said...

John DeStefano is sneaking arrund Connecticut, hoping will someone will notice him for anything other than spending $4 million and gaining zippo in the polls

MikeCT said...

Here's an updated list of primarily Democratic Connecticut candidates with Web sites. It includes many state senate and state rep candidates.

The always informative No More Nancy reports that Chris Murphy has committed to knocking on the doors of voters in all 41 towns in the 5th CD over 41 days. This kind of grassroots campaigning got him his State Senate seat.

Murphy's challenge has been ranked as a bellwether and among the strongest in the nation by the National Journal (moving up 5 spots in their ranking), the Washington Post, and CQ Politics, which has moved the race from "Republican Favored" to "Leans Republican."

Ghost of Yogi said...

I think that CT is happy with a Gov who recognizes the invisible hand. She is not sneaking around, trueblue. Gov. Rell is reminding people just how good things are in this state without government interference.

People are very happy with the job she has done in CT. I think that Rell might be the only person who has successfully implemented Pres. Bush's ownership society. Here in CT, income is up, home owner ship is up and poverty is down. Gov. Rell has demonstrated what happens when Govt. stays out of people's lives. She is a true libertarian: The first one in a long time.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw Jodi Rell wearing a "I'm not John Rowland" shirt, I think it's the campaign's new slogan.

Anonymous said...

Why do we have a 'red' governor in a 'blue' state?

TrueBlueCT said...

Anon3:23--

Only trouble with your assertion is that it just isn't true. DeStefano has had a very public calendar of events, and has taken just about every question one could throw at him.

Plus, once a month DeStefano holds a Mayor's Night In, and a Mayor's Night Out, public forums at which anyone can go in and speak directly with the mayor. Government doesn't get much more open than that.

Rell, otoh, is far out the other end of that spectrum.

Anonymous said...

The State Senate will see most likely two seats go from D to R. Most definetly is Caliguiri in the 16th and most likely Lisman in the 14th. Many qualified R candidates sat it out most likely waiting until public financing in 2008.
The 22nd has part of Bridgeport in it making it very hard for a R to win (many more D's than R's in Bridgeport), however the R candidate Russo is excellent. In the 12th the R's couldn't find a candidate. Not sure if the guy they have now is a placeholder or will run, but he has no shot at winning. Too bad because the 12th could go R with a stronger candidate. Looking forward to 2008 when many good R candidates will run.
In the House I see the R's possibly picking up a few seats, but nothing is guaranteed because every D in the world is coming out to vote in the general election since they have Lamont and Lieberman. I am a R but I can see the Lieberman Independent movement actually hurting us because so many D's will turnout. Let's not get complacive and ake sure we send Jodi back to where she belongs--the Governor's House!

Anonymous said...

True Blue CT:
Just where does one find this very public calendar of events for John DeStefano? I visited his website just moments ago and not one single event is listed.

Anonymous said...

Does Rell have a plan to remedy CT's tax inequities? I mean it was great that she tried to get rid of car taxes. But what about the bigger issue of property tax. Does she agree with DeStefano that we depend too heavily on this tax to fund our public schools? I haven't read squat about this in our newspapers.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:20 Caliguri has too much baggage and ethics problems. His ties to Rowland is also a problem. He will get beat bad in Southington. Zoni wins that seat.

Grumpy said...

"I think that Rell might be the only person who has successfully implemented Pres. Bush's ownership society. Here in CT, income is up, home owner ship is up and poverty is down. Gov. Rell has demonstrated what happens when Govt. stays out of people's lives. She is a true libertarian: The first one in a long time."

Gasp... Choke... Cough... Wheeze...

Yogi, please... How about a little warning next time, huh? You almost gave me a coronary with the "true libertarian" nugget.

Anonymous said...

I met Joe Courtney today in Somers at the 4H Fair. He handed me a sponge with his name on it...(????)

It kinda bugged me that candidates would infringe on an event sponsored by a not-for-profit... I'm out with my kid trying to escape the world's crap and some guy hands me a sponge and says I should vote for him. It's obtrusive.

I asked a fair coordinator if he had sought permission to solicit votes and she didn't know.

Note to candidates everywhere-- regardless of what event you seek to politic at--show some class and ask the organizers first. And maybe make a donation to their cause, too.

Thanks for the sponge, Joe. I guess I'll use it to clean the break dust of my motorcycle rims.

My vote though still goes to Rob Simmons.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the bluest of blue states prefer to have a republican governor.... Not just CT, but NY, MASS, VT, NH, ME, CA -- and my bet, New Jersey the next time.

Ir isn't just fleeting -- these states have elected and reelected Republican Governors for the last 12-16 years.

Anonymous said...

Good for Courtney that he was actually out interacting with real people. For every crank who complains, there are countless people who really appreciate getting to actually meet the people who want to represent them. The last time Joe Lieberman worked a county fair was probably before pasteurization.

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

This, by my count, is TrueBlue/DeanFan's third shot at this rather pathetic meme (the "Rell isn't campaigning" gripe) in the last couple of days. Really, can't Shonu and the rest of the the brain trust at Red Johnny's campaign come up with anything new?

As for the suggestion that's she's hiding, I think you're going to need a pretty generous definition of "hiding" to include Friday's full-fledged news conference in the LOB atrium following the Bond Commission meeting.

But you keep at it, TBCT/DeanFan. I know it means a lot to you ...

Anonymous said...

Great post A Dif. Anon. LMAO

Gabe said...

When did we go back in time to the Red Scare?

Bobby McGee said...

The problem with getting rid of Rell is she's isn't willing to make any of the drastic changes that need to be done. There's nothing terrible for DeStefano to latch onto (like for instance a war) and get people to start paying attention.

I mean the worst thing i can think about her is her ridiculous car tax relief for people in Greenwich, which will hardly lose her Republican votes.

ALittleBitDramatic said...

Anonymous #4 -

What makes you think Lisman can defeat Slossberg in the 14th?

Anonymous said...

Re; Lisman...as Cyndi Lauper sang

"money changes everything"

RE; Sammy....Curry got only 40% in Southington. My bet is neither DeStefano or Lamont get there. That's a huge hole that "guilt by association" won;t overcome for Zoni given the unmitigated trashing his ticket will take in towns that get the Rep-Am.

Anonymous said...

A little bit dramatic-

for one... she only won West Haven in 2004, she lost Milford and Orange and will lose them again, only by more in the gubenatorial cycle. And she does so much damage in West Haven, democrats can barely stand her.

One term wonder.

Don Pesci said...

Actually, the danger for Republicans is that Rell will not campaign vigorously. Her lead in the polls suggests hat she need do nothing but allow DeStefano to self- destruct. Democrats are good at this. But a lackluster campaign won’t provide necessary coattails to Republicans and, more importantly, it will not provide Rell with a mandate to govern. A mandate is provided when a candidate says, “If elected, I will do A, B, C and D” and is elected to office by a significant majority. Only a mandate can stand Rell in good stead when she is actually governing, because she will be out numbered by Democrats in the legislature. Silence on her part or an over reliance on personal popularity can be her undoing.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of people saying CT is a "blue" state just because we vote Democrat in presiential years. As Barak Omaba would say, we are much more "purple".

I think if you asked most people what they are, they are "fiscally conservative, socially liberal". We like low taxes and we like business. That's why we have a Republican governor. But we also are pro-choice, pro-stem cell research, etc. That's why we vote for Democrats for Pres, US Senate, etc.

The fact that we have 3 R Congressman speaks to this fact-- all of whom fit the fiscally conservatice/socially liberal profile.

That's why they all win re-election.

Anonymous said...

Two surprises to me so far this year for State Senate on the Republican side-- Lenny Winkler and Dan Debicella. These two candidates have taken what could have been competitive open-seat races and made them pretty safe R's.

Winkler is a state rep with solid name recognition, but she has done a great job fundraising and is working her butt off. She seems to be everywhere in the district. She even got the AFL-CIO endorsement as a Republicans! (The only one to do so).

Debicella is a first time candidate who was Gunther's campaign manager. (Gunther was a State Seantor for 40 years, and is extremely popular in his district). Debicella has raised a ton of money (as much as Meyer and Schlossberg, who have raised the most on our side) and has Gunther's active support in this R-leaning district.

If these two races continue to go like they appear to be, that means the Rs can play in harder races like Schlossberg, Finch, and Meyer.

Anonymous said...

Jodi's mandate: "If elected, I will not be convicted of conspiracy to steal honest service".

I hope Connecticut voters will elect a leader that stands for more than that.

Anonymous said...

After reading this thread, I figured I might Google Rell and DeStefano on the news. Apparently, Rell was out in Milford and Winsted (with Dickie B.), but DeStefano was nowhere to be found (or at least nowhere a reporter could find him). It may be the dog days of August, but at least Rell is out there. (I'd also note that both Milford and Winsted are pretty much D towns. Apparently confident enough to take the action to what should be JDS's base.)

Anonymous said...

Caliguiri & Capenera are the two seats Senate Republicans think they can add while maintaining their other seats. I'm not so sure about one of them.

Capenera: He will win but it will have nothing to do with all the Italians in the district as others have suggested. Bottom line, Paul Doyle is no Billy Ciotto and Labor deciding not to back Doyle is what gives Capenera the win. For the record, Labor didn't support Capenera either but decided to remain neutral. Make no mistake about it this was still a huge positive for Capenera.

Caliguiri: This is going to be a much closer race than everybody thinks. Sam does get the edge in name recognition but Zoni lives in Southington where the lion’s share of the votes will be had. 2 ½ -1 advantage in Southington over Waterbury as a projected 2006 turnout. Zoni also has the support of labor which I think will give him the close win in a very exciting race.

Brassett said...

I've got cut down on my visits to this site. I keep dreaming about Jack Orchiulli.

Anonymous said...

Since GC is on vacation, I guess I will have to do it: cue the guys who says "ORCHULLI!".

Anonymous said...

I can't find the issues section on Jodi Rell's website. Anybody know where it is???

cgg said...

It doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

ORCHULLI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

considering Zoni has been one of the weakest candidates two elections running in Southington, why do folks think he'll do so well...he hasn't before

Anonymous said...

Cgg: this from a Democrat

http://www.osc.state.ct.us/public/pressrl/2006/august01.htm

what other issues does Jodi need?

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:20....


HAHAHAHA. My God is that a funny post. Either you are clueless about legislative elections in CT or you work for the Senate R's who can't win a contested elecgtion to save their lives. MY prediction - Democrats take two more seats - 26-10.

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

I'm delighted by John Kerry's comparison of Joe to Cheney. Yet I'm horrified that national Dems continue to make mistakes like that.

National Dems panic, and when they panic they overreach. Overreaching is easily recognized by the voting public- and provides lay-ups for the opposition.

Calling for Rumsfeld's resignation does not seem to be a Cheney position, at least externally.

Anonymous said...

with Capenera's bookmaking and Alan Gold's balckjack abilities its obvious that a 3rd casinao may be applied for soon...

justavoter said...

If a candidate is going to meet people and there is an event open to the public be it Joe courtney at a 4H fair whats the big deal.

id it were your guy you would most likely smile and talk with him.

Get a life.

Its election season and anyone running should get out there to talk to voters its the right way to get to know people and who knows maybe they will get your vote.

So its a non issue.

Your going to see alot more Candidates showing up at places to speak with voters on the weekends etc.

So get used to it.

Anonymous said...

Would Governor Rell be actively supporting a guy who was a bookie? If you have some proof let's see it.If not, stop playing dirty and lose the race with some dignity.

tessa said...

JDS and Rell were both in Milford during the Oyster Fest on Saturday.

M. Jodi Rowland had lots of balloon-bearers and wandered around the craft exhibits looking at knick-knacks. She had a bit of a crowd with her, but (interestingly) few of the local GOP politicos came out. Rumor was that Mayor Richetelli showed up at some point to greet her, but I did not witness that event.

John DeStefano waded into the yahoo crowd in the food booth/live music area - spoke to every Cop, Fireman, EMT, teacher and dozens of "real people" for quite a long period. People seemed impressed to see him locally, though he hardly sweats and that is sort of worrisome to the Milford crowd (did I mention yahoos?).

The former Milford Mayor's widow - who they say is running for State Senate - walked 10 paces behind Rell and spoke to nobody nor shook hands.

Gayle Slossberg walked the full Fest (Craft Fair/Non-Profit Booths/food area/harbor, Democratic Party booth, etc.) with a large support group. People seemed genuinely glad to see her. She has a great smile.

- I guess it is obvious who I support! -

Anonymous said...

COME ON...SHE SUPPORTED ROWLAND RIGHT TO THE END...AND SYLVESTER AND GIORDANO ALSO

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:36 AM-- Good analysis. I think you're right. Democrats probably don't need to pick off these Republican leaning seats in Stratford and Groton-- just maintain the ones they have. (24-12 is not a bad majority at all!)

Anon 10:04 AM-- Also good analysis. I think the Caliguri-Zoni race will be a toss-up. Lots depends on voter turnout and the Lieberman factor (whatever that is!)

tessa said...

You mean that Rell supported Rowland, not Gayle Slossberg!!!

-and stop yelling with the caps....-

Ghost of Yogi said...

I think that Gov. Rell has done an excellent job of staying away from action. John DeStefano wants to bring the state into all your lives because he believes "we should all work together." These are the words that Jodi Rell denies and rightfully so; for if the state, in this case John DeStefano, can solve all our problems, why hasn't it?

The fact is, there are no El Derado's: There are no Silvertown's, USA.

Gov. Rell and George W. Bush have helped where they could and let citizens exercise their liberty where they must. I think this is correct. It's not a Jungle like some might think; CT is successful and flourishing. I challenge any Democrat to argue with Gov. Rill’s anti-interventionists policy towards poverty, healthcare, job creation and the like.

I agree with A Different Anonymous (No! Really!), in his defense of our Gov. Trueblue and other DeStefites, who post under the cloak of Anonymous should be purged from this site; or, short of that, lambasted by all those True Reds, Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Would anybody be surprised if the guy that says "Orchulli!!!" is actually Jack?

TrueBlueCT said...

Jodi Rell has a blog!

That is from her current campaign website, and what is shows is that she is a sucky-ass administrator who continues to surround herself with loyal incompetents.

Honestly, if that is the Rell's campaign best way of connecting with online political junkies, even Republican bloggers should be calling for her ouster.

TrueBlueCT said...

Did I forget to mention that Jodi Rell has no plan, no vision, no strategy for making Connecticut better?

Honestly, if you back Rell, you are backing more of the same, where the Governor just presides in a feel-good administration, and Democratic hacks like Jim Amman call the shots without any real accountability or leadership.

capitalwatcher said...

How about updating the Watch list or canning it. May!

Anonymous said...

The state attorneys office has
been in Shelton City Hall at least
twice. Debicella is buddy buddy with
Lauretti and this situation can do
serious damage to Debicella. Stay
tuned. It is gonna be one hell of a
ride people.

Anonymous said...

State's Attorney would be investigating something more serious
than blasting permit discrepencies.
Something is up is Shelton for sure.
I would think there is more to this
story. How it will affect Debicella if
at all is hard to tell.

Anonymous said...

Debicella is in trouble...Caligiuri has big ethics problems and is tied to Rowland...Capenera is a bookmaker...Rell knows everything Rowland did...Did you people ever realize how stupid you really look or are you just getting dirty with races you know you are going to lose?

Debicella,Capenera,Caligiuri will all EASILY WIN in the Senate and Rell is going to destroy DeStefano so stop your bull s%#t or at least take a little break.

Anonymous said...

There's no questions that Rell knew something was going on with Rowland, but so did everybody else with a passing familiarity with state politics.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Zoni had the weekend from hell.

Spent it in Wolcott at the Lions
Fair where one Democratic Wolcott voter after another told him how PO'd they were at the Dems for knifing Corky in the back.

Poor Dave Zoni, talked into running by people who saw running against Sam as about as much fun as walking into a buzz saw; had to run for Southington Town Council repeatedly just to barely win last year, finally.

Yet someone in here thinks he'll carry not only Southington but the whole district?

Never mind that Sam's out-raised him around 3 to 1.

Zoni has skipped, dodged or had other exhuses to not debate or even be caught dead anywhere near Sam.

The race won't even be close.

The people that talked Dave into this owe the poor guy an apology.

Anonymous said...

There is a distinct lack of gravitas to the Dem complaints here

Anonymous said...

See the nice piece from Bill Curry in the Courant today?

Funny thing is, given the chance John Rowland could beat him again right now.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:10 - As a Curry voter in 2002, I wish I could disagree with you, but I sincerely believe that Rowland would beat Curry if the election were held today.

Anonymous said...

Debicella will easily win the 21st. Terry Backer should have been our candidate, but he didn't run for whatever reason.

Chris Jones is going to be in big trouble in the 21st. Rumors are already flying around that he was a cocaine addict in the late 1990's, and several disaffected Democrats are planning on going public with that soon. The race will get interesting indeed!

Anonymous said...

curry trashed destefano and to an extant lamont today...im sure he is a very jealous man...

Anonymous said...

DeStefano is Curry with more vowels

Anonymous said...

as events unfold in Shelton
Chris Jones will be able to
take the 21st seat for Dems
for the 1st time in over 40yrs.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Zoni also has the support of labor which I think will give him the close win in a very exciting race

That'll cost more votes than it gains.

Too often the unions have cost us major plants which in turn knocks as many non-union workers out of jobs in smaller support firms.

When Pratt closed their Southington plant the number of small shops in the area that fell on hard times or failed completely was substantially higher than anyone could've guessed.

Honesty? Consider the Source said...

ACR (and we all know who you are):

You know very well that Dave and Sam each had their own booth this weekend and that they were (gasp!) back-to-back.

I was at the fair on Saturday and had an opportunity to speak with both of them and saw several instances when they shared conversation with each other.

When I spoke with Dave he indicated that he was having a great weekend and that he was having some really encouraging and productive conversations with citizens from in and out of the district; Democrat and Republican alike.

For you to misrepresent this weekend's event (when you weren’t even there) is disgusting and underhanded.

Moreover, both Kevin Sullivan and Chris Murphy came to campaign with Dave this weekend while Sam was complaining about how his location wasn't conducive for traffic.

Also, it's time to stop whining about Dave not debating Sam. They have a debate in October that was set-up long before the East End debacle and it's being moderated by Al Terzi.

Stop spreading your delusional propaganda and try to actually pay attention to the race.

Anonymous said...

You libs were all much more entertaining when your hot-air was inflating the Lamont blimp. You actually had an issue or two to slam Joe with, and he was never able to wipe the egg off his face.

However, since the primary it seems y'all are back to slinging the same baseless garbage and supposition that continues to marginalize both the blogs and liberals in general. If being Rowland's LG for 9 1/2 years wasn't enough to cause a shred of doubt in people's minds, what makes you think that a weak political candidate or anonymous blogger will be able to bridge that gap? Same goes for all this crap about Caligiuri, Capenera and Debicella. At least argue that you dislike Italians, because that would actually make SOME sense (in a bigoted, unenlightened way). If you knew any of them, or cared to know any of them, you would be embarassed at how blithely you M-F them.

Anonymous said...

Then again, for liberals it never has had anything to do with the quality of a person's character or the life-experience they bring to the arena...only whether they're pro-choice, pro-labor, pro-universal health care, pro-gay marriage. If you espouse those positions, you can be serial killer and they'll still back you 100%.

BrassBoy said...

Honesty, please, give me a break...

I don't know whether or not ACR was there, but I was at the Wolcott fair this weekend. So let's see...

1. I too saw Sam and Dave share several conversations with each other. So what? WHat are you expecting? Unlike some people on this board, they consider each opponents, not enemies. Isn't that the way it should be? Or should they avoid contact at all costs?

2. So Dave told you he was having a great weekend and had some encouraging conversations. And did you expect anything different? Whether or not he did have a good weekend, did you expect him to tell you anything other than the stock "things are going great!" line that candidates regularly employ??? You can't be serious...

3. Wow, Kevin Sullivan and Chris Murphy? How imprssive. I'll bet as many people knew who Kevin Sullivan was as they did Cathy Cook on Friday night. As for Chris Murphy, that is probably the first time he stepped foot in his own state senate district in a long time. I should know, I live there. He should concentrate on this foolish door-to-door cmapaign he is undertaking, something that is worthless in a congressional race.

3a. As for foot traffic, I think any candidate wishes for as much traffic and contact with the voters as possible and laments that there is not more of it no matter the turnout. It's the natuere of the game.

4. The October debate will be a welcome chance to see the two candidates together for once. Need I remind everone that it will be Sam's 2nd time with Al Terzi? Dave decided to decline his invitation to Face the State.

4a. I don't blame Dave for pulling out of the Waterbury East End Community Club debate. But perhaps he should've given it some more thought. He would've been able to show up in Waterbury where he has been non-existent. Like him or not, Sam has been in Southington quite a bit and is at least building his name. Ask just about anyone in the East End of Waterbury and they'll say "Dave who?"

You want to talk about propaganda and paying attention to the race? So far Mr. Zoni has garnered no support in Waterbury and has alienated most of Mazurek's Wolcott supporters. Counting on (and hiding in) Sounthington to deliver this race is not a good strategy.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

..."Moreover, both Kevin Sullivan and Chris Murphy came to campaign with Dave this weekend ...


That had to cost the poor guy too.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>Like him or not, Sam has been in Southington quite a bit


You mean he doesn't live here?

(GASP!!)

Who knew?