The Senate Race: Why Integrity Matters
I supported Ned Lamont in the primary because he was a breath of fresh air. He framed the debates about domestic and international issues with hope and optimism rather than fear. He also did the legwork. Joe couldn't be bothered to campaign until ten days before the primary, but Lamont was all over Connecticut talking to frustrated Democrats about what was wrong and how we could make it right again. He wasn't a polished candidate who talked in soundbites, but a human being who wanted to make a difference. I was proud to cast my vote for him.
Post-primary I'm still voting for Lamont, but for completely different reasons. It comes down to integrity. I've followed the Senate campaign closely as a voter, a blogger , and a Democrat. Joe Lieberman sinks to a new low almost every day. He chose to ignore the decision of his own party, his positions have changed with the wind, and he's never missed an opportunity to slam anyone who might disagree with him for any reason. There's also the $387,561 in petty cash, which remains unaccounted for. All Lieberman will say is that legally he isn't obligated to turn over the journals. What he won't say is that he doesn't have the integrity to do so.
Joe Lieberman has turned this campaign into a disgusting display of politics at it's worst. Perhaps for the first time we've seen his true colors. The good news is that we've also seen real courage in this campaign. A man named Ned Lamont didn't like what he saw in Joe Lieberman and decided put his money where his mouth was. Throughout this race Lamont has shown himself to be a man of courage and integrity. For that reason I endorse Ned Lamont for Senate.
Big Ideas and Thoughtful Action
John DeStefano is a candidate who speaks to my heart as a progressive. His ideas are as ambitious as his personality is large. As Governor Mayor DeStefano would be in a position to make property tax reform a reality by freezing property taxes for seniors and cutting them for the middle class. He will fight for pay equity, a moral minimum wage, and a woman's right to choose.
Looking to the future Connecticut needs a Governor that understands the issues facing our state. Our transportation system is outdated, our energy prices soaring, and our currenthealth care system is dysfunctional. DeStefano understands what needs to be done and has presented several innovative solutions. I endorse John DeStefano and Mary Glassman for Governor and Lt. Governor respectively.
Take Back the House
For the first time since 1994 Democrats have the opportunity to take back with house. With three competitive house races Connecticut will play a leadership role in this effort. It's time to bring checks and balances back to Washington DC, and that starts with sending Diane Farrell, Chris Murphy, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, and John Larson to Congress.
In my own district Democrat Diane Farrell is challenging Incumbent Chris Shays. Electing Farrell helps Democrats take back the house, but I also want to recognize her strength as a candidate. A former First Selectwoman in Wesport Diane Farrell has a keen understanding of the needs of the 4th district. Diane Farrell knows Connecticut's homeland and port security needs, and will fight to make sure Connecticut is not ignored. Her desire to serve on the transportation committee shows a commitment to solving Fairfield County's growing infrastructure problems. Diane Farrell will stand strong on human rights both home and abroad, and help the Democrats demand oversight and change in Iraq. I am proud to endorse Farrell, and her fellow Democrats for U.S. Congress.