Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Simmons Concedes

Classy exit:

Here in Connecticut the people have made a choice, and so the question is, “Where do we go from here? Do we continue the effort as was the case in 1994?”

I say “No!” Let’s not prolong the uncertainty. Let’s call it a day. I concede the race.

I wish Joe Courtney and his family all the best in the future. He ran a good race, and he deserves our respect. Although we may have disagreed on some issues, we were never disagreeable in our personal relationship.

30 comments:

cgg said...

What a ride that turned out to be!

Anonymous said...

I hear there are some republicans in Enfield who are glad Simmons lost. Whoever was running for the House seat in the 58th said that Simmons should have lost, because he is a RINO.

Not alot of help.

disgruntled_republican said...

I gotta say, I'm a little ticked off now...I hate blogger. I have been trying to get in for the past 20 minutes to do this post and I couldn't.

Anyway, Classy indeed. But that is Rob, 100% class. He takes the high road. His speech is the real Rob Simmons. The one that cares about the people and their will even if it was only a 91 person difference. I knew a concession was coming (even before I was told by Simmons staff) and not because people hated Munster for dragging it out but because the will of the people had spoken and ROb beleives in the will of the people.

You know the feel you get when your dog dies? I've got that feeling today. I hope he goes for it in 2 years time but that is up to him, not me. Anyway, I am working on a post with my post-election thoughts and feelings so I won't bablle on here. Suffice to say, the 2nd District of CT lost a great Congressman today. I wish Congressman-Elect Courtney all the best but he has big shoes to fill. I hope he remains an independant voice for CD2 and remembers he represents all the people not just the ones who support him.

Anonymous said...

Classy exit, the way we loose tells more about us than the way we claim victory.

Good job Representative Simmons!

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 449-

As a proud Enfield Republican who knows the person you speak of I can tell you you are so full of cr#p it isn't funny. R's in Enfield look up to Rob and NO ONE has ever questioned his loyalty to his party especially since we know his loyalty to his job and district takes precedence over his party. Stop trying to cause waves with something that doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

I hope there is still a place for gentlemen like Simmons in politics. I love the photo on the NYT web site of Hillary looking anguished over the Pentagon testimony. It is, oh, so much easier to throw stones than build a solution ....

Gabe said...

Maybe head of the state GOP?

Anonymous said...

Anon5:02--

Smell the coffee. There is no solution to Iraq. It's humpty-dumpty.

If there is a way out, it would only be through the creation of a new strongman, along the lines of Saddam Hussein. But having sold the world on a new Iraq "democracy", even that would be seen as an American failure.

Watching the hearing today on C-Span, I am amazed at the whining of State Dept. spokesperson David Satterfield. "Iran and Syria are undermining our efforts..." No effing kidding. I mean who would have expected that, the Shi'a pushing for payback against the Sunni, and control of Iraq. In the immortal words of Condi Rice, "Who could have imagined!"

Geez, Condi. I don't know. Maybe none other than Daddy Bush, Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell.

Anonymous said...

I gained a newfound respect for Simmons during this recount battle. His class has been unmatched.

I think head of the state GOP would be a fine place for Simmons. Maybe he could whip the party back into winning shape.

Anonymous said...

Simmons should retire. The Republican party is done in Connecticut as is much of the Country. Maybe Rob could consider a local council or board of Ed seat but Republicans are history in Connecticut for at least a decade or longer.

Anonymous said...

Anon 528 -

Keep telling yourself that. Does the party have some issues? Yup. Is the party "done"? Nope. Reality check - it was only 91 votes. That ios far from done.

Anonymous said...

How about Rob and Nancy Johnson as co-chairs of the CT GOP? One takes the east, the other the west. If they are into party-building, it would be a great dynamic duo.

Genghis Conn said...

Simmons is all class. An honorable exit for an honorable guy. We'll see him again someday--if not in 2008, then in 2010.

MVD said...

Please---all this praise for Simmons is a bit much! He was mostly a loyal Bush Republican, voting as he was told when the White House needed him, on the energy bill, on the tax changes. These votes were NOT in the interest of the average 2nd Congressional resident. Perhaps if you are a wealthy oil man, Simmons votes in your interest, but not for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

MVD:

(I'm anonymous 5:19.) I am an unabashed Courtney supporter and completely disagree with Simmons politics and the negative tone upon which he ran the campaign, however, the dignified manner in which he has carried himself after the election is worthy of respect.

patience said...

Kudos to Rob Simmons!

Very classy and graceful exit. He reflects well on CT.

Fuzzy Turtle said...

I don't live in his district.. but that concession speech is a breath of fresh air.

Gabe said...

I'm with anon 5:19 and 7:22 - I'm pretty sure I don't agree with Simmons on anything and, in the rare case where I do agree with him, its probably because he was caught and released owing to his Democratic district. But that was still a classy exit.

brickbat said...

The Second CD won't be close for a while. It had a weird series of events the past decade or so: first, an unpopular Democrat (Gedjenson) who managed to hold on as long as he could, then a Republican who was a decent guy with excellent constituent service who could mask his GOP voting record.

It's a strongly Democratic district and a good D incumbent like Joe Courtney won't have a problem getting re-elected in the future.

Anonymous said...

I think Rob is still spry enough to make a comeback in '08....the wind way have shifted a lot by then

Notice the Dems lost a lot of ground in the Gov's race from 02 to 06...eastern CT may not be as Dem generically as it once was

Anonymous said...

Jodi will be forced to say nice things about Joe Courtney for the next 2 years unless she wants to take some hits from her House & Senate Leaders. This should keep Rob out of the seat in 2008. You also cab bet Chris Shays will be giving Joe C a few pats on the back too.

Anonymous said...

"There is no solution to Iraq"

Sure there is- Stop the PC touchy-feely BS and start pounding on suppliers of insurgents.

A clue for ya, it isn't Iraqis trying to kill our troops.

Anonymous said...

Oh please Anon 8:25, you know full well this gubenatorial was out of the ordinary and not indicative of a trend.

Anonymous said...

John McCain and Rob Simmons '08 ticket? :-)

Anonymous said...

ABout as likely as the F. Flintstone/B. Rubble ticket

Anonymous said...

SENATOR SIMMONS rolls of the tounge nicely as well....

Anonymous said...

Congressman Simmons was an honorable Republican hack. He is a military gentlemen who served his President in the military, CIA, and as a congressman. Problem is his job was to serve the 2nd District, not the President, in Congress.

bluecoat said...

Karl Rove wrote the concession speech for Simmons and evn dictated the tone. The man is all poweful. Losing the House and the Senate were part of his plan for the Republicans to dominate the country. This loss was just a diversionary tactic. Just watch what he does in '08. He's a goner.

Anonymous said...

If only Lieberman could have conceded the primary as gracefully.

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