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The death penalty has been an issue in the recent Connecticut gubernatorial election, and it seems to have spilled over into the Senatorial election, too – mostly because Dick Blumenthal can’t be bothered to remember if he started loving the death penalty in 1990, or in 2005. Then again, knowing Blumenthal… he probably decided that he could claim both and get away with it. It’s a habit with the man.
Below is a sort of timeline, sort of collected quotes that will demonstrate that… well, that Dick Blumenthal lies through his teeth. It’s pretty straightforward, but here’s the executive summary: Blumenthal claimed that he’s been for the death penalty since he first ran for Attorney General, the historical record contradicts that assertation handily, and it’s plausible to assume that Blumenthal’s conversion on the issue had to do with the political benefits from executing a notorious Connecticut serial killer. That last part’s speculative, which is why I write ‘plausible.’
Last note: some of these quotes and excerpts were made available to me. I’ve provided online sources where I could.
Part I: Blumenthal’s shifting narrative.
1990 is, obviously, twenty years ago. But let’s keep going with this:
Part II: The unfortunate truth.
I believe that we have established here that Blumenthal is lying when he claims to have been for the death penalty since his run for Attorney General. In point of fact, he ran as someone who was against the death penalty; and while it is difficult to ascertain motives, one suspects that Blumenthal’s change of heart might have had something to do with the long-delayed execution of Mike Ross, otherwise known as The Roadside Strangler. Interesting detail with that one: when Ross was actually raping and murdering children in the 1980s Blumenthal was pretty staunchly against the death penalty. Same would be true when Ross was convicted (in 1987): Blumenthal was still against the death penalty. But put Blumenthal in charge of what turned out to be a pretty popular execution and all of a sudden the man’s doing everything but tying a rubber hose around Ross’s arm. Or, as Blumenthal himself put it back in May of 2005:
And I happen to be a supporter of the death penalty in cases exactly like this one, where heinous, horrible crimes are committed, whether against young women, or police officers, or others who leave victims` families, such as this gentleman, whose American dream really was devastated by Michael Ross.
Again, that’s in 2005. Back in the 1980s – when the crimes were actually happening and Ross was being convicted – Dick Blumenthal didn’t much care for that argument. And he’s lying about when he did start caring for it.
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