Gov. Dannel Malloy (D, CT) flees disaster relief press conference?
Via AoSHQ Headlines: turns out that Connecticut’s new governor Dannel Malloy (D) is not exactly the swiftest in the pack when it comes to first-response to natural disaster. As you probably remember, the Northeast was hit by a freak snowstorm on the weekend of October 29th: depending on which report you read, somewhere between 116,000 and 300,000 Connecticut residents remain without power, ten days later. | Read More »
Governor Malloy caught out on fiscal hypocrisy.
(via Ace of Spades Headlines) Executive summary of Malloy Incident: blogger wiserbud of The Hostages went to CT town hall to give Governor Malloy a piece of his mind over Malloy’s proposal to allow non-citizen children of illegal immigrants* the ability to attend college at in-state tuition rates. Due to a bit of luck, wiserbud was able to give Malloy said piece of mind. Malloy, | Read More »
Dick Blumenthal lying about death penalty stance.
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 | Read More »
Paging Linda McMahon (R CAND, CT-SEN)…
Ace looks upon this video, and declares it the raw material for Linda’s next campaign ad: …and I heartily agree. For those without video access, it’s from a primary debate between Dick Blumenthal and Merrik Alpert. Alpert pointed out, in so many words, that under Dick’s tenure as Attorney General Connecticut was one of two states* to have a net loss of jobs. And then | Read More »
The Inexorable McMahon Job-Creation Ad.
If you missed Dick Blumenthal’s incredibly clueless answer to Linda McMahon’s simple question “How do you create a job?” at the last debate, don’t worry: the McMahon campaign has had boiled it down to a television ad. And in the process they managed to do what was I would have thought would be the impossible; they managed to cram two minutes of idiocy into a | Read More »
Rasmussen: McMahon (R CAND, CT-SEN) within five.
Update from Erick: Learn something new every day. Thanks to all the readers who have pointed out that this race is inside the margin of error. I always assumed that in a 4.5% margin of error, the race could go 2.25% either way for each candidate. But lots of readers are pointing out that a 4.5% margin of error goes to each candidate so each | Read More »
Dick Blumenthal (D CAND, CT-SEN) lies on cap-and-trade support.
Lying, in fact, is the best-case scenario. What happened is that Dick Blumenthal, when asked point-blank whether he supported cap-and-trade, told a constituent ‘no.’ Surprisingly unambiguously, as the video below shows: Note the ‘cap-and-trade is dead’ bit: it’ll be important later.
DOOM declared in CT by… Journal Inquirer.
I don’t pretend to be familiar with Connecticut newspapers, but judging from this article the J-I must be a Democratic-leaning one: there’s a palpable sense of angry disbelief that… that… that Linda McMahon could possibly be wrecking Dick Blumenthal’s smooth ascension to Countrywide Dodd’s Senate seat. I mean, the author’s saying stuff about Blumenthal that I might hesitate to write, given that he’s – for | Read More »
Meet Linda McMahon (R CAND, CT-SEN).
Linda, of course, is running against CT AG Dick Blumenthal, who rather famously lied about his war record a few months back. We talked earlier today about the steadily-tightening race in Connecticut: Linda has sites here and here; the latter is her MyLinda2010 site, and is geared towards activism. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
CT-SEN starts to reset.
A funny thing happened in Connecticut lately: the Senate race started tightening. This Reuters article about the likely McMahon/Blumenthal match-up contains at least one major howler – to the best of my knowledge, Linda McMahon has never been an actual professional wrestler* – but the major point seems valid: McMahon has made up considerable ground in the last few months. Of particular note is the | Read More »
Meet Rob Merkle (R CAND, CT-04).
This is the district held by Democratic freshman Jim Himes, and is listed as being in play by Cook (Likely Democrat). The primary’s coming up, but Rob took the time to talk to us: Rob’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Joe Biden Opens His Mouth: Dick Blumenthal edition.
It’s enough to make you wonder whether the White House wants the Democrats to keep Dodd’s seat: Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D) for misstating his military service record. While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being | Read More »
Meet Rob Simmons (R CAND, CT-SEN).
I had the opportunity to talk with Rob Simmons (R CAND, CT-SEN) this afternoon, so of course we discussed the recent art theft in Paris… no, of course I’m joking. We talked about Dick Blumenthal’s lying about his military record: Rob Simmons’ site is here: details about the Vets for Freedom PAC endorsement here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
CT VFW lays into Blumenthal for fake military claims.
Possibly AG Richard Blumenthal (D CAND, CT-SEN) should not have used a VFW hall to host his explanation of why he wasn’t always lying about serving in Vietnam? – Because the local organization is not happy about that. Its head (Richard DiFederico) calledBlumenthal’s claims “false” and “outrageous,” and Blumenthal’s choice of venue won’t help that any: DiFederico’s statement came after Blumenthal’s dramatic and defiant press | Read More »
Meet Dan Debicella (R CAND, CT-04).
He’s running in the CT-04 primary; his general election opponent would be freshman Jim Himes, (Cook rates the district as in play as Likely Democrat). Dan’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
I count coup on Senator Chris Dodd (D-Countrywide).
I do not claim the scalp – that honor is collectively shared by the VRWC as a whole – but by God I will count coup on the man. He’s going out the door, and he didn’t want to go, and his party’s leadership didn’t want him to go. He’s going because a lot of people – including myself – kept reminding the Connecticut electorate | Read More »
The GOP ‘fears’ Rahm Emanuel?
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel ? Really ? What has he done to deserve that? Moe Lane PS: The rest of the article (via RCP , by the way) wasn’t all that interesting. I’m not saying don’t read it; just don’t expect overmuch from it. Crossposted to Moe Lane .
Three new races to look at.
Drawing on and expanding from Jim Geraghty’s summary: IA-03. D+1. Leonard Boswell is the incumbent (first elected 1997); Cook currently does not list the district as in play (Likely Democratic). Former wrestler Jim Gibbons (no campaign website yet) has just announced; he’ll be facing former National Guard chopper pilot Dave Funk in the primary. MN-01. R+1. Tim Walz is the incumbent (first elected in 2006); | Read More »
Gov. Jodi Rell (R, CT) not running for re-election.
This is interesting. HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she will not seek re-election next year. Rell made the announcement in a news conference with reporters Monday at the statehouse in Hartford. The article indicates that her personal polling has slipped – all the way down to 59%; she was also looking at a Q-poll which had her six points ahead* her | Read More »
See Dodd spin. Spin, Dodd! Spin!
Senator Chris Dodd (D, Irish Mansion CT) is having a time of it with this sweetheart Countrywide loans thing. First off, the Senate Ethics investigation somehow managed to avoid going after him for his activities, which meant that Dodd thought that he could start repairing the damage to his fundraising reputation (H/T: Instapundit): U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd is saying it’s time to move on | Read More »