Sunday, September 17, 2006

With Friends Like These ...

Today State Senate Candidate Bob Duff (D-25) hosted a fundraiser BBQ in a Norwalk neighborhood. This is the stuff of local campaigning, meet and greet, door by door, neighbor by neighbor. Usually, every attempt is made to promote other candidates candidates running under the flag of party unity. In this case, the Senate 25th district is also the State Rep 137th District and the 4th Congressional District. So it should come as no surprise that up sprouted campaign lawn signs for the Democratic candidates running, Bob Duff of course, Chris Perone running for re-election in the 137th and Ned Lamont. But where is the Diane Farrell sign?

Sometimes campaigns don't deliver their campaign materials to HQ, or a staffer can't make a drop off at the last minute, but in this case, there was a Diane Farrell sign, you just didn't see it. The small sign posted on a lawn sign, directing people to the event was taped onto a Diane Farrell sign that had been inverted. And in this case it wasn't the indirect actions of campaign staffers who made this decision, the signs were placed on city property by the manager of the Duff campaign.

While it is true that not all the direction signs along the route were taped onto inverted Diane Farrell signs, (the rest that were checked were old Bob Duff signs) these are the kind of oversights that shouldn't happen. In 2004, Diane Farrell came within 4% of Chris Shays. Norwalk Democratic party insiders knew from the postmortem that Norwalk underperformed during that election. As the 2006 campaign season unfolded, the state Democratic party has been enthusiastic about supporting all its congressional candidate challengers. Nationally, the focus on gaining 15 seats in the House of Representatives is the most important outcome of the midterm elections. Even conservative pundits have acknowledged that this is the Democratic control of the House is not such a bad idea.

Bruce Barlet in Washington Monthly government encourages the majority to pass legislation using votes only from its own side and usually leads it to bargain first with those on its own extremes (those least willing to compromise on anything) instead of moderates across the aisle. This almost guarantees that controversial lawmaking will be the norm.

Divided government has other advantages, too. For one, it restrains government spending.
And from the same issue, Joe Scarborough:
But compare Clinton’s 3.4 percent growth rate to the spending orgy that has dominated Washington since Bush moved into town. With Republicans in charge of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, spending growth has averaged 10.4 percent per year.
This must all be shocking to my Republican friends who still believe our country would be a better place if our party controlled every branch of government as well as every news network, movie studio, and mid-American pulpit. But evidence suggests that divided government may be what Washington needs the most.

Chris Shays has been part of the rubber stamp Republican controlled congress. He's an acknowledged supporter of privatizing social security, which President Bush recently acknowledged is his priority for 2007.

With all the acrimony that persists in the Lamont/Lieberman race, splits within local party do have reverberations towards other candidates. Whether the this lawn sign incident is just a small example or part of a larger problem, is something to be resolved by the Farrell campaign. The bigger lesson here is that for Democratic candidates to succeed in winning elections, Democrats must work together. The question will be, when will they all get along?

Washington Monthly Bring on Pelosi, By Bruce Bartlett.

Washington Monthly And we thought Clinton had no self-control, By Joe Scarborough.


TrueBlueCT said...


Please enlighten us. You write as if you might be part of the Democratic team. Yet last someone checked, you were a Norwalk Republican.

And it seems that you are trying to make something out of nothing with your lawn sign incident. Are you being straight with us?

Anonymous said...

the fact that aomw GOP'ers think the benefit of losing the House once is the Pelosi Democrats will be so partisan, radical and inept as to convince America never to trust them with power again is irony totally lost on Turfgirl

Anonymous said...

Half a dozen lawn signs are turned over and you think it will cost her the election???? Seriously????

She is going to lose a close race, but it won't be because of a few missing lawn signs. She we lose because she's a phony.

BTW, Republicans and Democrats are stealing each others signs all the time, it's just part of the campaign, so lighten up.

turfgrrl said...

Truebluect -- I write about what interests me.

anonymous 9:42 -- Show me a precedent where any conservative pundit has ever stated publicly that the Democratic party should win control over Republicans. Convoluted rationalization has been the hallmark of conservative punditry, so why shouldn't they claim a party building rationale.

turfgrrl said...

anonymous 9:57 -- Lawn signs weren't stolen here. And I neglected to mention that there wasn't a Destefano sign out either.

Anonymous said...

what does lamont-lieberman have to do with the farrell lawn signs?

are duff and farrell in some kind of intra-party fight?

Anonymous said...

Puh-leeze. I'm not from Norwalk, don't really know anyone from Norwalk, but I know BS when I see it. Non-story.

cgg said...

Again, the primary is over.

CTObserver said...

I don't know if this belongs on this post or on its own line ... driving in to work this morning, on Route 159 in Windsor, at the intersection of 159 and Route 218, there was a guy dressed, what I guess was supposed to be as a "terrorist" (i.e., headdress, robe, beard, sandles) holding a sign that said "Vote for Ned Lamont WE need him". After almost driving off the road, I couldn't turn around to find out what this was all about. This has got to be a new low!

Genghis Conn said...

That's at least three sightings of the guy, all in greater Hartford.

I imagine it's one nut who doesn't have a job. I doubt he's with the Lieberman campaign, although one sighting was in Rocky Hill on the Silas Deane Hwy., which is not far from Lieberman HQ. Probably just coincidence.

bluecoat said...

Report On State Police Still A Secret
September 12, 2006
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

rumor has it the report indcates no intelligent life could be found there.

Fired From DCF, But Still There
September 17, 2006
By COLIN POITRAS, Courant Staff Writer

old man Nevas, a former Westport Republican legislator, hasn't done his job of pushing Rowland/Rell to clean uo their act - and the legislature doesn't mind the store either; CT is a small state - this shouldn't be a big problem.

Metro-North Riders Worry About Future Of Bar Cars
September 17, 2006
By Mark Ginocchio, Stamford Advocate

Jodi's left the decision to a committee of commuters who use the bar cars now --- the bar cars should become history

State criticizes CL&P for missing maintenance in '05
so what else is new?

bluecoat said...

Schlesinger Fights For Higher Profile
September 18, 2006
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer

Anonymous said...

Must have too much time on your hands if you are compelled to go out and look at the inside of lawn signs? If you are concerned about Destefano and Farrell's lack of presence, consider using some of that energy to call and garner a modicum of support for them or go hog wild and put up a lawn sign for them.