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David Lightman is one of the worst reporters around. A front page story on Murphy's office space. Pathetic.
It's a much better office than Rob Simmons is going to have.
Murphy will accomplish less thna Simmons, too
graphics/numbers on the US Senate race... '00 vs. '06http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/politics/20061108_ELECTION_PORTRAIT_CT.html
The next interesting race we will get is 2010....Who's the Governor? Malloy, Amann,Williams,Sullivan,Blumie? You know Bysiewicz,Wyman,Nappier will also make some noise but won't have enough. Unless there is a something unforeseen, Republican's should not be a factor assuming Rell does not run which I think is a safe bet after she experiences how inconsequential she is working under a supermajority.
I have a hard time seeing DeStefano running again. Oddly, losing the primary seems to have been the best thing that could have happened to Malloy. He was at Courtney HQ on election night, and I can't tell you how thrilled Dems were to see him.His term in Stamford runs out in 2009. We'll see if he runs for re-election or for something bigger then.
The article is helpful if you plan to visit Murphy in DC.I'd love to see JDS run for something again, but I think Malloy is the most likely choice next time around. And the last thing I want is another primary between those two.
From the Lightman piece:"'Rob Simmons-slayer' Joe Courtney?"Please.....
From the Lightman piece:"'Rob Simmons-slayer' Joe Courtney?"Please.....It does make him sound like Buffy the Barely Successful Candidate.
The Rumsfeld memo reinforces my bleive Rob was defeated by his own party, not the Democrats
Howard Dean says governing is harder than campainging. We'll see soon see just how much Smurph accomplishes on behalf of CT from his new attic digs.
A reporter makes clear just how little influrence a brand new Congressman has (by focusing on the size and location of office assignments) and the Smurph defenders immediately attack him as "one of the worst" reporters. How cheap and transparent. And by the way, I don't know any editor that lets a reporter select the page or prominance of a story. This story is certainly better than the puff put out by the Danbury News Times telling us where the Smurph eats breakfast.
A fifth floor office that is out of site and out of mind is the perfect location for our new 5th district congressman. It's the perfect place to allow him to keep his head totally under the radar screen in Washington, as he did here in Connecticut.
The only thing that is going to be harder to find than Murphy's office is the federal money he will be bringing into the 5th district.
The GOP staff are out tonight and sounding desperate. He gets assigned an office in a lottery, and this is his fault? With an opposition like this, Murphy can stay in office for as long as he likes.
First, the Hartford Courant is about two weeks BEHIND on the Chris Murphy office lottery "story".Second, no one seems to care that Murphy supported John Murtha for Majority Leader.I kept hearing words like "change" and "hope" from Murphy during the election.Sounds like the same old same old.
The fact remains that it is very hard to beat an incumbent w/o the incumbent's cooperation ("Thank you, Nancy Johnson!!!"). Murphy is far too smart to give potential challengers any assistance. He will be at every church supper held in the 5th District over the next two years. My guess is that politically ambitious 5th District Republicans mentioned as potential challengers to Murphy in 2008 will fall by the wayside as they recognize it is race they are unlikely to win. As a result, Murphy's opponent will be a person far less prominent than the names being mentioned now.
Anomymous 9.00...the office is a nonissue...losing one of the most senior members of the most important committee in the House of Representatives will cost the whole state dearly for yearsHell, Charlie Rangel will take a look at Murphy and figure he's there to protest the draft
Anon (9:28),If seniority is paramount, then obviously the GOP leadership will want to oppose the election of any GOP freshmen at the local, state, or federal levels and will denounce the election of any such Republicans who do win. I eagerly await your condemnation of your colleagues. Cause I know the GOP would never engage in silly and desperate partisan spin in this or any public forum.
Weicker Liker - I understood that Murphy supported Hoyer rather than Murtha for Majority Leader.
Rangel wants to draft CT assembly Republicans because they will have nothing else better to do for the next two years.
Anon 10:43...No. Murphy appeared to support Hoyer in comments he made to the New York Times on the day of the vote.You need to listen to an interview that Chris Murphy did with Joe Courtney (also voted for Murtha) on WNPR's "where we live"Also, Murphy is quoted as supporting Murtha in the recent edition of the Litchfield County Times.
Here is the link to the Litchfield County Times piece where Murphy says he voted for Jack Murtha.http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2303&cat_id=414&nr=1Its obvious that both Courtney and Murphy followed John Larson's push for Murtha.I believe Rosa DeLauro voted for Stenny Hoyer.Larson also was spotted lobbying newly elected Democratic members of Congress at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - on Murtha's behalf - during orientation week in DC.
Murphy's comments to the New Britain Herald also were telling:Rep.-elect Christopher Murphy said he voted for Murtha because Murtha is a good friend of Rep. John Larson (D-1st). “I supported Murtha,” Murphy said. “He and John Larson are great friends, and a friend of John Larson’s is a friend of mine.”
Murph keeps flip-flopping like this and he'll be ready to run for President just like John Kerry.On that note, when Dodd announces his re-election bid for lifetime tenure in the Senate I expect "24 years is too much" Murphy there velcroed alongside insisting CT would be in desperative straits were it to elect anyone else.The Courant sold the voters a bill of goods this year.
Interesting that Murphy supported Murtha. I believe both Murtha and Hoyer contributed to his campaign; I think Hoyer contributed more. My recollection from surfing on the FEC website.
According to the FEC Database,Chris Murphy's Campaign accepted $4,000 from Steny Hoyer's Candidate Committee and another $13,500 from Hoyer's Leadership PAC "The Fund For A Greater America"Thats a total of $17,500!!!I bet Hoyer is ripped that he did not get Murphy's vote, considering the Maryland Congressman stumped for Murphy early on, making an appearance at the UCONN Medical Center.According to the FEC, Murtha's Campaign Committee gave Murphy $ 2,000. Unsure about Murtha's Leadership PAC.John Larson's Candidate Committee, however, contributed $4,000 to Murphy. His leadership PAC, "Synergy" gave another $7K.Thats $11K from Larson sources!!
Murphy is not there to protest the draft, that would require him to take a public position on something. He is there simply waiting for the time to run for the senate.
Ok, lets review. Murphy uses Hoyer's cash and 'friendship' early on and forces Vance out of the race-- then he backtracks and votes for Hoyer's rival in the race.Good guy, that Chris Murphy.
what was that about Nancy Johnson taking PAC money, oh ..never mindPfizer money bad, political hack money good
What a great reason to throw your support behind someone: "because my 'handlers' told me I should." We can expect more of the same "leadership" from Murphy in D.C. that he gave us in Hartford -- what was that figure? voted with his party 97% of the time?the guy is a total puppet...who needs a backbone when you've got all those strings holding you up?
Murphy is not a puppet, although I do understand that comment. He is a career politician who has done marviously well his entire career telling eveyone "it's time for a change" while not being part of any. Hey for him it's a working formula so what can you say??
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