Senate District 7 - East Granby,
In my home district, State Senator John Kissel got the nod of the Hartford Courant, despite a few of the stands he's taken:
We haven't agreed with all of Mr. Kissel's stands. He was a leading opponent of legislation for civil unions, a law that has given same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by married men and women.The paper accused Bill Kiner, Kissel's Democratic opponent, of being "knowledgeable and passionate to the point of combativeness."
Even so, Mr. Kissel has been willing to take stands that put him at odds with his own party. He was one of the first Republicans to urge former Gov. John Rowland to resign during a face-to-face meeting. (Re-Elect)
Kissel's stand on civil unions is a major problem for me, but I like his pragmatic views on campaign finance reform and the legislative process. I am undecided.
Senate District 16 -
This has become a very combative race. The Waterbury Republican-American put out a piece today taking Democrat David Zoni to task for a recent mailer:
Negative ads may be a fixture of political campaigns, but Dave Zoni's latest mailer in his race against former Waterbury mayor Sam Caligiuri has critics both inside and outside politics saying the Southington Democrat has hit a new low.Wow.
The mailers, sent out in the past week, show a woman clutching a teddy bear next to headlines reading "A Shocking Crime" and "A Stunning Deal." On the inside of the ad, a girl wearing shorts and a T-shirt is shown in a fetal position, her head buried at her knees, and holding a stuffed animal.
A passage above her tells the reader that Caligiuri "cut a deal" that allowed former Waterbury Mayor Phil Giordano to keep his salary, benefits and title at the taxpayers' expense after Giordano was charged with sexually molesting children in 2001.
The ad also accuses Caligiuri, a Republican who then served as the president of the Waterbury Board of Aldermen, of "calling in political favors" to get the board to narrowly approve his decision not to impeach Giordano and shows Caligiuri's face above Giordano's police mug shots with the headline "Sam Caligiuri: His Friends Get Benefits." (Sheyner)
Senate District 18 - Griswold,
So far, the race to succeed outgoing State Sen. Cathy Cook (R) has not been the most exciting race. But now that the election is nearing, something appears to be happening over recent state-backed requirements that homes near the Thames River and Long Island Sound install expensive storm shutters:
State Insurance Commissioner Susan Cogswell approved Andover's request for the shutter requirement, but, after public outcry, put a 90-day moratorium on the issue for further study. The delay and original backing of the plan have led some politicians to call for Cogswell's ouster.Gov. Rell has so far refused to consider the request, calling it "counterproductive."
Andrew Maynard, the Democratic candidate for the 18th District state Senate seat, held a press conference Wednesday in Mystic to do just that.
He's sending a letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell asking for Cogswell's immediate replacement.
"Despite all the headlines and outcry, there hasn't been any action," Maynard said. "It's kind of been radio silence from Hartford since September."
Maynard criticized his opponent, Republican Lenny Winkler, for not taking a harder stand on the issue, saying Winkler asked Rell to "consider asking the commissioner to resign."
Winkler, who is a state representative from Groton, said she asked for Cogswell's ouster and will do so again soon if no action has been taken. (Wallheimer)
Senate District 20 - East Lyme,
Chris Oliveira (R) and Sen. Andrea Stillman (D) clashed at a recent debate:
“Well, you certainly didn't disappoint me this evening,” [Stillman] said at one point. “I was expecting you to say something outrageous.”According to the article, the two candidates didn't differ in a significant way on many issues.
Stillman was referring to Oliveira's allegation that she had not done enough to amend eminent domain legislation because her New London-based company, an office supply store, has done business with the New London Development Corp. and the city of New London, entities whose use of eminent domain led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005.
“That probably inhibited you from acting,” he said.
“How dare you,” Stillman fired back, to applause and hollers from many in the crowd. She later added: “The point is, you have made allegations that are absolutely outrageous. That is absolute hogwash. How dare you.”
Oliveira maintained that his allegation was based on fact, that Stillman's business had earned money through the entities while she was a public official. (Crompton)
Senate District 21 - Monroe (part), Seymour (part), Shelton, Stratford (part)
Daniel Debicella (R) crashed a press conference his opponent Chris Jones (D) was holding about a controversial land development.
Debicella crashed the press conference, along with state Sen. John McKinney, the Republican Minority Leader Pro Tem, and state Rep. Lawrence Miller, a Republican whose district includes the parts of Shelton and Stratford affected by the AvalonBay Shelton I proposal.Weirdly, both candidates oppose the development, but used the occasion to attack one another over affordable housing laws.
They said they were there to challenge what Jones and Williams had to say.
Debicella would not say who told him about the press conference, only that he heard it "through the grape vine."Musante)
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Crompton, Karen. " Oliveira, Stillman Clash In First And Only Debate." New London Day 18 October, 2006.
Musante, Fred. "Candidates clash over AvalonBay." Stratford Star 16 October, 2006.
"Re-Elect Sen. John A. Kissel." Hartford Courant 19 October, 2006.
Sheyner, Gennady. " Zoni's mailer draws ire of Caligiuri, others: 'Despicable' use of girl images in reference to Giordano blasted." Waterbury Republican-American 22 October, 2006.
Wallheimer, Brian. " Insurance plan causing uproar among homeowners along major waterways." Norwich Bulletin 19 October, 2006.