Tuesday, October 31, 2006

7th SENATE - KINER GOES NEGATIVE

For many reading this, negativity in campaigns is a once a year thing. However in Enfield, it almost never happens, especially local races. Many are friends in opposite party and don't want to offend even if the person that would be offended doesn't have a clue what they are doing politically speaking. And then the slightest inference of a criticism gets blown overboard in almost every event. For instance in our last municipal campaign the Republican candidates, myself included, pointed out the failures of the Democrat majority on the Town Council, something we consider issue related and fair game, but the Dems cried "foul" and said we were being negative. All in the eye of the beholder I guess, right?

Well there is no denying this one is over the top. William Kiner, a former State Representative from Enfield, sent out a campaign mailer, accusing his opponent, State Senator John Kissel, of not caring about people's health and saying essentially, that he is in bed with utilities because he works for Northeast Utilities and has accepted donations for the utility industry. The flyer is here:





Not only is it negative, it contains out and out lies. First, how can you criticize a man for having a job? Knowing John personally, I know that he separates his job as Senator from his work at Northeast Utilities. He wouldn't allow anything different. The community as a whole knows the same thing.

Next, the money he refers to is mostly from his co-workers. He has taken limited amounts of money from the company or any utility company for that matter. And in the report he cites (July 2006) there is actually nothing at all.

Most importantly is the issue at hand, his vote. For years, and very much to the knowledge of the Democrats, Kissel has voted against any bill with an unfunded mandate and alas, the bill in question had just that; an unfunded mandate. Furthermore, both State Representatives from Enfield, Democrat Steven Jarmoc and Democrat Kathy Tallarita, voted the same way Kissel did for the very same reasons. Update: It has been pointed out to me that I was mistaken about Reps. Tallarita & Jarmoc voting the same way as Kissel. I will have to look back again to correct it - thanks fellas!

Now normally we (Republicans) would be outraged at this. Not this time. We might actually need to thank Mr. Kiner (Wow, flashback to when he was my History Teacher) and his cronies for this one. Seems it has created a whirlwind of outrage towards Kiner's campaign from folks in his OWN PARTY who have, in turn, pledged their support to Kissel because of the mailer. If that is the case in his own party, one can only imagine what appearance it has to the average voter.

Now, one can only ask, who's the one playing "dirty politics"?

Disclosure: As I have said on previous posts and as can be seen in my profile, I am an unpaid advisor to the camapaign of State Senator John A Kissel.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

the Republians sent out a mailer over the wwekend saying the incumbent Democrat rep in my town was the wrong guy for the job because he voted against " propertytax releif" but they forgot to mention that the so-called releif was going to be paid for by eliminating the property tax credit on the income tax return. Sorta Jodi's this pocket or that pocket schtick.

Knowing that Kissel's day job is with NU is enough to throw him out. Isn't it the GOP that's always complaining about Democrats with conflict of interest jobs?

disgruntled_republican said...

And what town would that be? If they are running, why not name names? Or is it made up?

Anonymous said...

the New Friends PAC out of Glastonbury with Gary Berner, the former state rep, as Treasurer sent it out. If Waterbury is the capitol of Republican slime then Glastonbury must be the capitol of republican arrogance and stupidity.

And did anybody see that thanks to Jodi Superior Court Justice Sullivan on the sureptitious Zarella appointment the entire State Supreme Court will probably have to recuse itself when and if the matter regarding the state legislature comes before it. Rowland and Rell screwed CT fo years beyond his jail term.

Anonymous said...

And of course anon 3:28 - you make the case as to why the property tax credit on your income tax filing isn't "property tax relief".. its income tax relief. If you don't pay income tax (ie. seniors on fixed income or low income people living primarily in the cities) you don't get the deduction. And of course those are the people that need property tax relief the most. Families living in most suburban towns, though property taxes are high, are willing to pay them because they know their property taxes are going to fund their children's education. Which is also why the property tax is the best tax to pay for schools because it keeps control of those decisions local.

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 1128/45-

Apologies, I thought you were talking about a rep race within the 7th.

Anonymous said...

11:51; you're in the wrong place but in any event your argument is mathematical nuts. Tax local income if you want. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Tax Reform and Smart growth had CBIA reps on it as well as its backing. Wake up from the Rowland/Genurio ideology and the Rell mythology.

Anonymous said...

sorry 11:58 my bad on the time- my math is right and your a democrat who spews the party talking points. There isn't one thing in my comments which are wrong.

Anonymous said...

BTW 11:51; the sneior citizens that are struggling don't own fresh BMW's and Lexus's, they own old Oldsmobiles, Hondas and Chevys with very small tax levies.

Anonymous said...

12:05.. the taxes on my honda are $400.. and i don't live in Waterbury so i'm sure a senior who does would love to have that money in their pocket.

Anonymous said...

12:09; would you be willing to give up the property tax credit on your income tax return to get it?

Anonymous said...

I don't think the piece is all that out of line.

disgruntled_republican said...

Forgot to mention that the vote took place place over 2 years BEFORE Kissel worked for Northeast Utilities.

Anonymous said...

Certainly the smokestack in Kiner's add is NOT in CT. The smoke doesn't even look real.

The Rev said...

Kiner reminds me of Frank Burns from the old TV show M*A*S*H*.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:12.. i file jointly.. my wife has a car (like most other people in this state).. so no.. i wouldn't take the credit.

ctblogger said...

D_R,

Good post and good disclosure. Could you ask Turfgrrl to do the same whenever she brings up Norwalk politics. Since she has a role in local government in Norwalk, people should be made aware of this whenever she comments about political stuff in Norwalk (i.e., her debate posts).

Anonymous said...

Like it or not, it's an effective mailer. I wouldn't say it's too negative either.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:12.. i file jointly.. my wife has a car (like most other people in this state).. so no.. i wouldn't take the credit. makes absolutley no sense. At best Rell's plan is a wash for senior citizens and middle income staxpayers because they lose the credit and the deductibility of the tax on their federal return and she pays for it by not paying for some other state service with the casino money so your state income or ales tax has to make up the diff.

Rell flunked out of college and I am guessing it's becasue she flunked long addition but passed political spin.

Anonymous said...

anon 4:37- there was a $1 billion surplus last fiscal year and a $290 million or so surplus already this fiscal year. So why are we going to have to increase taxes to make up for it? You sound like every democrat running for office or every other staff person working for them. So tell what plans Don Williams and Jim Amann have for the surplus. Apparently its your spin (or lack thereof) thats kept you from running yourself. Jeez.

bluecoat said...

Connecticut:
Cost of Promises Unkept


The budget surplus is nothing but a slogan wrapped in illusion. Rell and the rest of them are delusional.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:37- i actually glossed over you point, "At best Rell's plan is a wash for senior citizens and middle income staxpayers (your word not mine) because they lose the credit and the deductibility of the tax on their federal return".. i'm not even sure what this means but the credit you speak so highly of is actually taxed by the federal government as a state income tax credit (its your form 1099G). Please get your facts correct.

Anonymous said...

Actually bluecoat.. its my money, your money and everyone elses here. It can be spent, saved or returned just like the paycheck we get from our employer. I prefer to pay bills, paydown debt and maybe save a little for christmas presents. Whats your preference?

bluecoat said...

I would prefer not to pay any taxes, screw the state employees out of their retirement benefits and let the future generations worry about all the debts that Rowland/Rell and the Democrats have run up but I am not sure that is fair. In any event I'm not willing to let them lie to us because they are delusional. That's all.

bluecoat said...

5:19; I agree with the guy you are considering and if you are an accountant, I'd never hire you because you don't seem to understand tax work but few Rell supporters do.

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat- huh?

bluecoat said...

The bit about Kissel not liking state unfunded mandates is absolute bull. The biggest unfunded state mandate is basic municipal public educatution. Does he oppose public education funded by the municiplities? The anti-unfunded mandate crowd - and they are Democrats and Republicans - are just sloganeering without thinking.

Anonymous said...

Speaking about not thinking bluecoat ... please tell us how education is an unfunded mandate? The state pays for about 45% of the education costs statewide, much more, like 80% in cities like Bridgeport, and much less, about 1% in places like Westport. Plus, the state pays a good part of all school construction.

Maybe you could say it is "underfunded" but it is certainly not "unfunded."

Bet you din't think about that did you?

Anonymous said...

I don't even think Kissel HAD a job at the time of the vote in question - so the only conflict of interest he might have had was whether the vote would cut the power on his afternoon soap operas.

bluecoat said...

so if a state mandate is only underfunded then it's not unfunded. i guess Rell's task force set up that distinction becasue i was unaware of it. the Republicans find problems with others because they don't like to sove problems. at least the Democrats go about their merry way tinkering around the edges without all the dumb attacks.