A continuation of part one of the year in review.
7/3 - Joe Lieberman, sensing doom, starts collecting signatures for an independent run.
7/6 - The first debate between Lieberman and Lamont. Lieberman comes off as grouchy and combative. Lamont looks like a deer in the headlights. Lamont, however, scores enough points for a win, although he fails to knock Lieberman out. The debate is broadcast live on national news networks. National and international interest in the primary swells.
7/10 - Lieberman comes up with a new party name. It is silly.
7/11 - Then-Republican Diana Urban thinks about jumping into the Senate race. She doesn't collect enough signatures.
7/12 - Questions about gambling nearly force Alan Schlesinger from the race. A lot of the "outrage" seems to be driven by either the governor or Kevin Rennie. Schlesinger hangs in there, but his candidacy is permanently crippled.
7/18 - Malloy and DeStefano debate in New London. Few watch. Malloy does a little better, but the real star of the debate is a refreshingly crusty Mark Davis, who needs to moderate more debates.
7/20 - Lamont pulls ahead with two weeks to go.
7/24 - Bill Clinton comes to Waterbury. Spazeboy has trouble getting in to see him.
7/27 - Nancy Johnson releases an attack ad against Chris Murphy. In July. No wonder she lost.
7/27 - Joe Lieberman announces a bus tour of diners. It doesn't go well.
The conventional wisdom entering August was that Lamont was going to crush Lieberman. Polls showed him ahead by ten points or more. The Malloy campaign claimed to be inching closer and closer to DeStefano. What really mattered, however, came on August 8th:
8/8 - Primary Day. The world comes to Connecticut. I've never seen anything like it.
The day begins with an attack on the Lieberman website. Well, it's called an attack. Lamont's campaign and supporters slowly debunk it throughout the day, but the Lieberman campaign keeps claiming an attack and blames pro-Lamont forces.
Turnout is very high--43% of Dems vote. That's the highest turnout ever for a statewide primary.
Lamont does win by 52%-48%, but Joe Lieberman vows to run as an independent. He promptly fires his staff, and hires old hands.
John DeStefano wins against Dan Malloy in a squeaker--only a few thousand votes separate them.
Oddly, Malloy's running mate Mary Glassman absolutely wrecks Scott Slifka, as Democratic voters send a clear message about having a woman on the ticket. DeStefano orders new lawn signs.
8/13 - Lamont's campaign begins the general election campaign on the wrong foot. Never say bad things about Waterbury. It's not worth it.
8/14 - Jim Amann backs Joe Lieberman, earning him the enmity of pro-Lamont bloggers and others.
8/16 - Garfield's off the hook in Moodygate. Which is still going on.
8/17 - A Quinnipiac Poll shows Lieberman leading Lamont by about 10%, and Rell crushing DeStefano. Which, despite a few wavers here and there, is exactly where it all ends up.
8/25 - Chris Shays endorses a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, neatly stealing Diane Farrell's thunder. A decisive moment for Shays.
I spent September waiting for things to get interesting. They didn't.
9/1 - Three major House races in Connecticut are among those nationally targeted.
9/5 - It's revealed that the White House is funneling money to Lieberman. Surprise.
9/13 - The SOTS releases the list of towns which will use optical scan machines.
9/15 - Lieberman remembers why people liked him in the first place.
9/18 - Nancy Johnson suggests that a vote for Murphy is a vote for terrorists killing adorable children. Whew!
9/19 - Courtney and Simmons debate.
9/22 - Rell and DeStefano agree to two one-on-one debates, infuriating Cliff Thornton of the Green Party.
9/25 - Remember this guy?
9/28 - The House passes the so-called "torture bill." Shays, Simmons and Johnson vote yes. Later, my wife and I will listen to Simmons defend that vote... but he's lost ours because of it.
Yard sign month! I love October--usually. This October, however, seemed like one, long, ceaseless slog through the mud. By the end of the month, I just wanted it all to stop.
10/1 - 1-84 problems.
10/2 - Tax attacks!
10/3 - Lamont donates a ton of money.
10/4 - General Assembly commercials.
10/5 - Farrell/Shays debate.
10/6 - Rell dips into slush funds, Ruth Fahrbach benefits.
10/8 - People notice that Lamont is stuck in neutral.
10/9 - Gubernatorial debate #1. DeStefano does well, but Rell stays on her feet.
10/10 - Simmons and Courtney in Enfield. Other local candidates, too.
10/11 - Foley follies. Ew.
10/13 - Shays loses his mind on Abu Graib. A "sex ring"? Kinky.
10/16 - Let's have a debate in the middle of the afternoon. Lamont/Lieberman/Schlesinger. Schlesinger makes a great showing.
10/18 - A stealth senate debate, then a live gubernatorial one.
10/21 - The Courant endorses all the Democrats in Congressional races.
10/22 - Petty cash.
10/23 - Final U.S. Senate debate. I spend the afternoon talking to foreign journalists, then watch the debate live. Schlesinger impresses again--especially his response to hecklers sent by LaRouche to bug Lieberman.
10/26 - Johnson releases the drug dealer ad, which shows Chris Murphy being welcomed into the home of a drug dealer. Ouch!
10/27 - Glassman and Fedele debate on the radio. Nice.
10/28 - Lieberman and Bloomberg are friends.
The Courant endorses Lieberman, DeStefano. The New York Times endorses Lamont.
10/30 - NOW endorses DeStefano-Glassman.
At last! Election month.
11/1 - A ton of new voters this year. People are interested.
11/3 - Enfield. Center of the political universe.
11/7 - Election Day!
Rell, Lieberman, Murphy win by a lot. Shays wins by a little. Courtney wins by a very small number, the recount begins.
And that's that.
Democrats gain a supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly.
11/15 - Simmons concedes after the recount upholds Courtney's win.
11/16 - Larson elected vice caucus chair.
11/21 - Diana Urban leaves the GOP.
11/26 - George Gallo makes ready to step down as head of the state GOP.
It's been quiet around here this month. Expect things to pick up again in January.
12/4 - Newton sentence under review.
12/5 - Simmons thinks about running again.
12/7 - Squabbles over rate hikes.
12/12 - Courtney and Murphy get their committee assignments.
12/14 - More Moodygate. Just what I always wanted!
12/16 - Rell appoints a panel to investigate the State Police after a damning report is released.
12/20 - An investigation finds that Lamont supporters had nothing to do with Lieberman's website troubles.
12/21 - Rell fires people.
12/28 - Rell proposes a health care plan. As usual, I like it but everyone else thinks I'm nuts. Oh, well.
Happy New Year, everyone!!! Here's to another crazy year in Connecticut.