Thursday, September 07, 2006

Open Forum

Former Chief Justice William J. Sullivan and his lawyers went on the attack yesterday, calling into question the motives of Justices Borden and Palmer. He also delivered a rambling testimony about his own life, while staying away from the topic of Peter Zarella. What a disgrace this guy is.

There's a poll by a Republican firm showing Lamont 16 points behind Lieberman, but I'm not buying it.

The elder George Bush stumped for Rob Simmons yesterday. Bush was the last Republican to carry the state, back in 1988.

What else is going on?

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

why is the Lieberman poll off...it seems to me Lamont peaked at the end of July and hasn;t had traction since

Genghis Conn said...

Doesn't quite track with other recent polls (except for the Zogby one, which had lousy methodology). I believe Lamont is behind, but this large of a margin is absurd.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if Lamont is only trailing Lieberman by 16 points amongst Republicans, Lieberman is in big trouble. In the Quinnipiac poll, Lieberman was getting support of 75% of Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Leaked inside polls, e.g. this one and DSCCC's on the congressional races, tell more about the spin/story the campaigns are trying to sell than any reality based objective measure of the current state of affairs.

Anonymous said...

From the Chicago Tribune:

Pollster made up results

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The owner of DataUSA Inc., a company that conducted political polls for the campaigns of President Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and other candidates, pleaded guilty to fraud for making up survey and poll results.

I don't know if there is any relationship between Public Opinion Strategies and DataUSA, but I do know that I take Lieberman's internal polling with a grain of salt.

Anonymous said...

Is DeStefano still running? If he is the incumbent with a big lead than he is running a great campaign.

Anonymous said...

Neil Newhouse (and his company: Public Opinion Strategies) is among the best pollsters in the nation. Believe me, Joe probably shelled out between $10-15,000 for that poll---my guess is it's more statistically sound than anything Qunninpiac has ever done.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Sullivan - He will get to mention Zarella at some point, about how he was just trying to help. But no one accused Zarella himself of being involved. As for the scorched earth defense against Borden and Palmer - Good. The Court is a viper pit and these two paragons of virtue need to have their motives, and their own screw ups, publicized. If it ain't going to be Zarella succeeding him, Sullivan is going to make sure it isn't Borden or Lisa Moody's drinking buddy Dick Palmer.

bluecoat said...

Let's not forget that Sullivan, who was never much of a lower court judge, was elevated to the bench by none other than John Rowland - and, of course, confirmed by his friends in the legislature.

Derby Conservative said...

BC- When you reference Gov. Rowland's friends in the legislature, you of course are referring to the Democrat majority there?

BrassBoy said...

GC and BC...

Have either one of you ever even met Justice Sullivan, let alone spoken to him and know anything about him as a person? I would bet the farm you haven't.

The man is far from a disgrace. He is one of the most geniunely good and decent individuals I have ever come in contact with, and I've met quite a few from both ends of the spectrum (I'm from Waterbury remember).

Take issue with his conduct and decision to hold up the publishing of the ruling, but do not refer to him as a disgrace or disparage his judicial career. BC, do you have any factual basis for referring to him as "never much of a lower court judge" or is this just your esteemed opinion? He was nominated and confirmed, same as the other justices, so if they are qualified to serve than why isn't he?

Please, let us not revert to demeaning the character and career of a man if we can't back it up.

bluecoat said...

DC: yes, absolutley I am referring to the Democrats as well as the Republicans - fro the most part there is no differnece except when they fight over who gets to spend the money and who can get married. I am not sure where BB's schilling for Tacco comes from, but as for Sullivan's performance as a judge prior to his elevation by his Waterbury homie, Rowland, it comes from his peers and other jurists. I have'nt met the dude but I have witnessed him in action and he's right up there with the caliber of most mediocre folks Rowland put in place.

but on a more serious note that nobody from either party has done anything about except to make it worrse:Report: Poverty up, wages down -- Household earnings declined for all but the highest of the highest wage earners in the state
By Keith M. Phaneuf, Journal Inquirer
09/07/2006

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones candidate for the 21st
District Senate was giving away free coffee today at the Stratford Train Station. He was well received and many commuters expressed their desire for change. Stratford will be seeing much more of him for the duration of the campaign.

Go Chris!

BrassBoy said...

I'll ask again BC, what jurists and peers? What did you witness? Or are we in the mood to just make derogatory statements without factual basis today?

Give us some concrete eveidence for your assertion. Otherwide I don't see why any of us reading your posts should belive that he was anything less than qualified, just the same as all of the other judges confirmed by legislature.

bluecoat said...

Braas Boy: you are in denial about all ths slop Rowland appointed to the bench and as commissioners - and many are still around . If you chose not to buy into my commentary on this - and I never expected you would - that's your choice but don't set a different set of standards for me than you set for others just because you like Tacco and choose to defend his sorry judicial ass.

BrassBoy said...

I am not in denial about anything, nor have I asked you about any other jurors or commissioners. I simply asked you to present some factual evidence to back your claim that Justice Sullivan was not a qualified jurist and was not much of a lower court judge. Of course, predictably, you couldn't.

So what set of standards have I set for you that I haven't set for others? Please don't try to play the victim BC, it's not very becoming.

The bottom line is your opinions are not based on any factual evidence, either anecdotal or otherwise.

bluecoat said...

I am not the victim of anything. And granted I haven't given you the evidence you seek but I have my own reasons for that. Lot's of folks make commentary on this blog all the time without eveidence and I rarely seeing you acting as their thought police. You are using the lame argument that he was confirmed in the past, to suggest that he performed well. As I recall Vinnie DeRosa, if not confirmed by the legislature, was appointed to be the first HLS Director for CT and we know when he got exposed for being a dufus, he went on to dispatching dump trucks for one of Rowland's friends. I don't expect you to back down from standing by Tacco.

BrassBoy said...

You asked us not to forget that Justice Sullivan was elevated to the bench by Governor Rowland... and confirmed by the legislature.

And my point was that every other jurist and commissioner was as well. So throwing some off hand comment in there about him being a below average jurist, then tying him to Rowland, does not back up anything.

I'm not acting as your "thought police". I understand it is your opinion and that many other people post their opinions on a daily basis. But 99% of those posts do not contain opinions about someone that I know to be off base.

bluecoat said...

I have never denied he was appointed as CJ; the good news now for CT is that Sullivan stepped down as CJ, the bad news is he is still on the bench. You haven't presented a single piece of evidence to refute that he is mediocre as so many have said. You just claim I am off base and, of course, you are entitled to your opinion just as I am - you won't get a double standard form me. And anybody who wants to can judge him some more as he defends himself with his bullshit before the JRC. This back and forth reminds me of the guy who told me Sonny Lenoci was a family man before he turned up guilty. Ah heck, Ganim and Rowland are family men too - upstanding citizens that many would vote to put right back in office. If you know he's a great judge that is just fine with me. i know he's not.

Anonymous said...

BC,
I have listened to this banter between you and BB for long enough. The facts are that the man was appointed by a Republican Governor, confirmed by a democratic legislature, served well on the bench for a good many years, and has but one tarnish on his record. Not to outweigh the recent events, but he is and has been an upstanding member of his community and a man noted for his honesty. We could sit back and riddle off case law and certain topics of interest which have come across his desk, but neither you nor anyone else reading this blog want to sit here and read that.

As stated before, he is a man of both integrity and honor and he made a mistake, albeit a big one, but don't make comments/references about his record previous to this, as he has never been publicly accused of being "mediocre" or anything less than qualified for his position in the eyes of this state before.

bluecoat said...

anyoneappointed by a Republican Governor, confirmed by a democratic legislature during the Rowland years is hardly a badge of honor; the Democrats gave rowland everything he wanted as long as they got their pork; Rowland and the legislature could have reduced the income tax signifciantly had they not gone on a spending spree. Sullivan is a mediocre judge and he was a mediocre CJ - that's been widely discussed even in recent months when he got caught. the Zarrella machination is just the normal Sullivan M.O. and he got caught. Rowland defacated all over state govt. and it will take another decade to clean it up to bring excellence instead of served well on the bench for a good many years, without any sunshine or scrutiny from either party.

bluecoat said...

April 30, 2006] Rowland Sowed Judicial Scandal from the hartfor Courant

bluecoat said...

even Rell has a problem with the CT Supremes - or maybe they are a problem for her that nobody wants to talk about

bluecoat said...

Thank you for that Robert Ward scolding anon but the press has reported on this quite openly with sources who preferred not to id themselves over the last several months. One judge even said that Sullivan ran the judiciary like the politburo.

Anonymous said...

In the final analysis Sullivan and possibly Zarella attempted to circumvent the legislative process and deny the Judiciary Committee critical information it needed to evaluate Zarella's judicial philosphy. This is a serious infraction made all the worse if Rell knew about it and was complacent in it. A full and thorough investigation of the Governor also needs to happen now.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. This is not playing politics because she is going to win election anyway. This is the principle of the matter to expose her for what she is: a liar. Let her win but be embarrassed at the same time. Enough is enough of this corruption.

bluecoat said...

Whoaaa...there has never been any evidence of wrongdoing by Zarella; as for Jodi, I don't know that she lied abaout anything; she's played the good cop on this like usual calling for judicial openess review while the GOP legilsators play bad cop accusing anyone who tries to understand the truth of wanting to embarass the unelected by the people Governor.

Anonymous said...

Is that Alvin O'Neil from the Town of Stratford going to jail anytime soon? I have not heard anything new.