The endorsement from the Norwich Bulletin:
It is not unusual for governments to be ungrateful. We need only look at how our military heroes are often neglected. But, individuals should always demonstrate gratitude for favors received. Such is the case with all of us in Eastern Connecticut who, a year or so ago, were frightened at what seemed to be an irreversible decision to close the U.S. Naval Submarine Base at Groton.
A very effective team was put together headed by John Markowicz. Today, our sub base, at least for the moment, is still part of southeastern Connecticut, and so are the more than 30,000 jobs related to the base. But Markowicz, who was likened to a no-nonsense football coach, brought that team to play against all odds.
Last month, Markowicz warned we must not be complacent because the Groton base is ranked 19th among 20 East Coast naval installations. In the 100-point system used, our sub base is rated 40.2. Only Staten Island, N.Y., is rated lower.
Among those who saved the base were Gov. M. Jodi Rell and U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, but the two most critical players had major positions on the Armed Services Committee: U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman and U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District. Those two special players on the Armed Services Committee knew the Base Closure and Realignment Committee members personally and were able to negotiate one-on-one over dinner and even influence their coming to view the sub base and submarine builder Electric Boat.
Lieberman and Simmons were key players. Without them, the outcome of the sub base might have been closure. Beyond saving the base, both Simmons and Lieberman have not hesitated to cross party lines to benefit the people of America and especially those of us in Eastern Connecticut.
Governments can often be ungrateful, but we in Eastern Connecticut owe Lieberman and Simmons our votes. With our votes, we can say "thank you" for accomplishing the impossible. They may be needed again if the threat of closure resurfaces.
A freshman senator or congressman will not make any difference in the war in Iraq, but two new members, without seniority, could cost us the submarine base.
They did job once
While I wish to speak no ill of any of the candidates running, because they are all honorable people, I do think, because of performance and because they may be needed again, Lieberman and Simmons, more than any other elected officials, deserve our votes.
The people of Norwich, New London, Groton and all of Eastern Connecticut will be far more secure with Lieberman and Simmons in Washington.
This election, for all of us in Connecticut, is far more than a gauge of our opinion on Iraq.
We must consider our future with the base and Electric Boat. We should reward all those who had a hand in saving the base.
Mistakes in judgment can be costly. Some of us still regret when the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
Let us not make a mistake and vote away two valuable players on the Save Our Base team. We may need Lieberman and Simmons again.
Our votes are very important, and no vote more important than for Lieberman and Simmons, both senior members of the Armed Services Committee.
He is right on with this. Simmons has done an excellent job as Congressman. Beyond using his influence to help save the sub base he has brought home millions of dollars to the towns of his district. I can name numerous projects that, quite frankly, wouldn't be getting done if it were not for Simmons' help. He is out in the community, meeting his constituents and has certainly earned another term in Congress.
Note: There is no negative comments about his opponent in this post; Let's see if we can stay away from the negativity in the comments as well.
Bill Stanley, We must retain Lieberman, Simmons, October 18, 2006; Norwich Bulletin