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Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Night Open Forum

The Lt. Gov. debate is now available online Worth a listen.

DeStefano is accusing Rell of conspiring to force Aetna to do something evil. I think. Really, I have no idea what he's alleging. Whatever it is, there seems to be very little evidence for it.

A former mayor of Middletown is going to jail for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover gambling debts.

Chris Shays apparently forgot to record a trip to Qatar on a federal disclosure form.

Lastly, there may have been a violation of state election laws by Rep. Kathy Tallarita, according to Cool Justice. Hmm.

What else is happening?


Blogger cgg said...

Mat at MLN has comparisons of Joe Lieberman's petty cash to other campaigns.

10/27/2006 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous brickbat said...

I can't imagine why anyone would listen to the Lt Governor debate, although I can certainly assume that Mary Glassman wiped the floor with the lightweight.

10/27/2006 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brickbat- apparently you haven't been paying attention- at all.

10/27/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Glassman/DeStefano ticket will triumph!! (Well, maybe not in 2006, but certainly in 2010.)

10/27/2006 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get out a geiger counter for Mr. Zoni


10/27/2006 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another below the belt political mailer from Sen. Don Williams hatchet man Eric Williams.

Zoni had a chance; this mailer cost him the race!

10/27/2006 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Chris Murphy's campaign think there's something wrong with Nancy Johnson visiting Poland?

They are running a TV ad criticising her for taking this trip.

Is yuppie Murphy now resorting to insulting Polish people?....maybe he thinks places like New Britain are just supposed to be walked over on his way to being a high and mighty DC politician ?

Message to Mr. Murphy. If you don't think Poland is an important U.S. ally you have no business in Congress

10/27/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Williams is no Roy O... but he thinks he is... he'd be washing cars otherwise.

10/27/2006 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Another below the belt political mailer from Sen. Don Williams hatchet man Eric Williams.

Zoni had a chance; this mailer cost him the race!

"Another" one? What was the first one? The Rowland/Aniskovich golfing picture in '04? Such a shame that mailer cost Ed Meyer the race!

10/28/2006 02:53:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Hey Genghis! You seemed to have annoyed the FIC with your post about the New Jersey Supreme Court decision. (http://www.ctfamily.org/Crosshairs.html)

But can you blame them for being in a bad mood? Their foundation's only donor is having a tough time in his race against Andrew McDonald:

McDonald has raised more money than Giordano, who is largely self-financing his campaign. McDonald had $88,279 on hand at the end of the last quarter while Giordano was about $40,000 in debt. Giordano personally loaned his campaign $45,000.

Entire Stamford Advocate article here.

10/28/2006 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ironic, the mailer(s) set out to charge that his opponent has no integrity - and it turns out proving that Zoni does not.

Those issues could of worked if not completely misused.

10/28/2006 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

Sponsored by State Senator David Capiello State Licensing Law Stalls Installing Of Glass
October 28, 2006
By ERIC GERSHON, Courant Staff Writer
and drives up the cost to do business in CT for no good reason.

10/28/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Stamford article was saying that FIC is the only group Giordano's foundation has given to, not that Giordano is FIC's only donor. Or am I reading it wrong?

10/28/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Southington's Finest said...

It's clear that all of the conservative r's are in a tizzy right now with Zoni beause he's painted Caligiuri into a corner. Now what's he gonna say? Zoni's got him completely off message and scrambling. Least, before you post, you should travel to the 16th and hear what folks are saying on the ground.

Negative works, folks, there is no doubt about it. Zoni's mailers were fine and the rest of the voters (who are just starting to wake up) will probably take out their frustrations on Sam for being such a snake.

Oh, and if you were from Southington, you'd know that the Observer is owned by the Rep-Am, which will no doubt endorse Sam this week without ever placing a phone call to interview Zoni.

By the way, who the hell is Eric Williams?? The only people who probably care are the R's in the senate offices who probably arn't anything close to this guy in terms of talent and skill.

10/28/2006 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second mailer was great. Zoni's back in the game (for sure) and the next week should be great. Hell, read Caligiuri's blog and it's obvious he's completely off message. I'd hate to be his staff making phone calls and being asked if their boy really did this.

10/28/2006 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Advocate said FIC was the only recipient of Giordano's foundation, not that the foundation was FIC's only donor.
The FIC blog post quotes CLP saying ssm/cu's aren't an election issue and MLN saying it is. Their next post quotes several candidates on the topic. Looks like, in at least some races, it is an issue.

10/28/2006 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

How contrary of Mary! The Courant is reporting Glassman gave $500 to that archenemy of all things good, John G. Rowland.

10/28/2006 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

I agree with 10:46 that the FI agenda is an issue because I have seen it although sometimes as an undercurrent. I thought GC was off the mark yesterday when he said it wasn't but just din't comment at the time. I guess he forgot about the woman who he interviewed for sate rep that threw in the potentila for legal bestiality of same sex marraiges went forward.

10/28/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger ALittleBitDramatic said...

Only recipient of Giordano's foundation, right. Sorry, I should proof read better before I post.

But if you check out The Advocate today, you'll see that Giordano still has enough money on hand to run an attack ad titled "ANDREW MCDONALD SUPPORTS THE ACTIONS OF CONGRESSMAN MARK FOLEY."


10/28/2006 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

DeStefano's ad showing Rell calling Rowland the greatest governor CT has ever had at the 2002 convention in Joe Ganim's City is hitting home with some folks I have talked to.

10/28/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure no one in Southington read this...

"Southington voters deserve a candidate with leadership skills and a moral compass that can help distinguish the differences between right and wrong. Sadly Dave Zoni has come up woefully short in that department."


10/28/2006 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again the Senate dems are trying to blog an alternative reality in senate district 16

after the first mailer, noone will pay attention to anything Zoni says or does

Word is Caligiuri is ramping up his media effort. Zoni has done zero in advertising

10/28/2006 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courant endorsements are on-line. Lieberman - No surprise. DeStefano - Big surprise.

10/28/2006 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courant endorsements are on-line. Liebman - No surprise. DeStefano - Big surprise.

10/28/2006 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governor Groark remembers the tremendous boost the Courant endorsement gave her in 194

10/28/2006 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governor Groark remembers the tremendous boost the Courant endorsement gave her in 194

10/28/2006 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Eric B. said...

Yeah, ramping up his media effort by running commercials about Zoni's mailer? He should just let this whole thing go - really.

As for television, why is it that only R's are doing TV? Maybe the Senate D's know something we don't. Does it matter? Perhaps, perhpas not.

I do live in Southington and I can tell you that a no one cares or they are impressed (er, pleased) that Zoni came back with his recent mailer.

Anon 12:45, at least identify yourself. But, since you didn't, I'm going to infer that you are a Caligiuri staffer...sad, so sad.

10/28/2006 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Caligiuri has an admirable "moral compass"...this guy is a shining star or ethical behavior.

10/28/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Groark analogy is way off. Goark was a challenger while Rell is an incumbent. The Courant is recommending the untested challenger in the guv seat this time because Rell has failed the test of leadership that CT needs. That's why Republican members of the state's largest business goup, the CBIA, a going with DeStefano in lieu of what they have or have not seen from "see no evil" Rell.

10/28/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon. 1:08 - It actually probably did help Groark alot, much like this will help JDS. But not enough to win in either case.

10/28/2006 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This anon is just a resident of Cheshire with friends in the media business. And if TV is such a bad means to communicate, why does Lamont buy so much of it?

From what I've seen Zoni's one initiative in Southington about senior taxes isn;t working at all, so he really has no positive agenda for getting elected

10/28/2006 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous It's Sunny in Wolcott said...

What, again, did Sam do after he took over Waterbury?? I've never heard him say specifically a good thing that he did for the people.

He talks in platitudes more than any other pol I've ever seen.

10/28/2006 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zoni doesn't have the money for TV. Calguiri has outraised him 2-1, and that's with all the PAC $ Zoni got with special interests.

0 cash = 0 support

10/28/2006 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinda funny that Zoni has had Caligiuri off message for a week, maybe more, with just one mailer.

10/28/2006 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he kept the same TV ad on the whole week. That's the message that matters

Besides if Zoni has a message, I'm hard put to determine what it is besides an ability to hurl mud

10/28/2006 08:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most everything that has been said about Erik (that's a K, not a C) Williams. I am certainly no Roy O., certainly don't think I am either. But your post is a little bit unclear...would i be washing cars if I was Roy O.? Or otherwise what? I'm unclear what you mean. I'm just a lowly staff person who is trying to help elect Democrats to the State Senate because I believe that a strong D majority will help make my community a better place in which to work, live and raise my family. And isn't that what it's really all about - putting your money where your mouth is?
Erik Williams

11/01/2006 05:28:00 PM  

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