The state’s largest city will have a mighty say in the next governor, the next (or current) U.S. senator and a bunch of other offices in 2010.
Vice President Joe Biden parachutes into the state on Friday to raise moolah for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd who’s in the battle royal of his life. Things have become clearer for Dodd the past few weeks after Governor Jodi Rell decided to bag reelection, setting off a game of candidate musical chairs including Republican Tom Foley, former ambassador to Ireland under George Bush, switching his U.S. senate candidacy to that of governor. That leaves former Congressman Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon, former WWE titan, as the leading candidates for the GOP nomination to face Dodd. Looks like an August GOP primary is on the horizon to determine Dodd’s general election opponent assuming he survives a potential primary from Merrick Alpert.
This allows Dodd operatives the luxury to sharpen their opposition-research stilettos against Simmons and McMahon. By the time next summer comes around they’ll hope to have voters believing that the Republican opponent contracted the same disease as Tiger Woods. Fore!
So fasten your seat belts ’cause it’s gonna get ugly. Meanwhile, Dodd must have a nice turnout from Connecticut’s cities. Right now, based on the latest municipal cycle results and impatience with Barack’s agenda, the pendulum among unaffiliated voters has swung back. They’re not sure what to make of what’s going on in Washington. Midterms tend not to be gracious to the party in charge. Biden’s coming to Connecticut for one reason and one reason only. Dodd is in trouble and Dems need to do a better job of explaining how the federal stimulus dough is helping Connecticut.
As this 2010 cycle inches closer to election day Bridgeport will have its days in the look-what-we-did-for-you sun. Except Barack will not be on the ballot to juice turnout. Remember that press conference candidate Jim Himes had on the Congress Street Bridge more than one year ago to highlight the problems plaguing the city’s infrastructure? Well, where’s the federal dough to fix it? Maybe we’ll hear about it in 2010? Meanwhile, check out the new poll from www.rasmussenreports.com, one of the country’s most accurate pollsters.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Connecticut now finds Dodd attracting just 35% to 40% of the vote against three possible Republican challengers.
Former GOP Congressman Rob Simmons is still his toughest opponent, leading Dodd 48% to 35%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate in this contest, and 11% are undecided. Those figures are a slight improvement for Simmons since September.
The newest Republican in the race, Linda McMahon, the ex-CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, earns 44% of the vote to Dodd’s 38%. Eight percent (8%) opt for another candidate, with nine percent (9%) are not sure.
Long-shot candidate Peter Schiff, the widely known president of Euro Pacific Capital, is essentially even with Dodd and holds a one-point edge, 40% to 39%. In their race, eight percent (8%) like some other candidate, and 14% are undecided.
An incumbent who polls below 50% is generally viewed as vulnerable, and the fact that even Shiff is now moving up on Dodd suggests that next year’s election continues to be a referendum on the longtime senator.
Announcement from Peter Schiff
In the midst of your holiday preparations, we wanted to share with you the early Christmas present delivered today to the Peter Schiff for US Senate campaign.
A new Rasmussen poll has anti-tax candidate Peter Schiff AHEAD of Chris Dodd. This is an early Christmas gift for the Peter Schiff campaign. Before we could email our campaign pollster for his analysis, he had already emailed us, “Rasmussen Poll: EXCELLENT NUMBERS!” “These numbers are striking considering the campaign is still in our initial stages, and we are still beating Dodd,” he explained.
Our campaign is energized by these numbers, especially when you put them in context:
1. Dodd’s a five-term US Senator.
2. Our campaign hasn’t even started yet. (We launch our campaign headquarters next week.)
3. Most Connecticut voters don’t yet know Peter and haven’t heard his story.
In 2006, people ignored Peter when he warned about the impending financial crisis. He was about the only person in the country to speak up and speak out against Wall Street’s unsound financial practices. Most importantly, he spoke out when it was the right thing to do, not when it was politically expedient. Now that irresponsible spending has moved from Wall Street to Washington, we need Peter Schiff’s insight and principles in the US Senate.
Connecticut Republicans know that Washington’s spending binges have consequences. Nearly 95% of Connecticut Republicans are worried that Obama’s socialized medicine will lead to bigger deficits. Well over 85% of Republicans are worried that the federal government’s spending binge will lead to middle-class tax increases.
And they’re right! That’s why we need a proven tax fighter like Peter Schiff in the Senate. No one doubts that Peter will be the most vocal tax fighter in Connecticut history. When Connecticut Republicans start to hear about Peter’s record–when they learn that he is the only candidate who can be trusted to fight government spending and tax increases, they will be committed Schiff voters.
One final note: there is a lot of talk out of Washington about the need for “a million-dollar advertising campaign” like the one we are seeing from one of Peter’s opponents. If these poll numbers prove one thing, it’s that: Throwing money at a problem won’t move your poll numbers any more than it will solve the financial crisis.
From Daniela Altimari, The Hartford Courant
It’s a classic strategy employed by Republicans and Democrats alike: Fly in a marque name for a fundraiser, but piggy-back some official business onto the schedule so that the taxpayers can pick up part of the tab.
George Bush did it, Barack Obama did it and Vice President Joe Biden will do it when he comes to Hartford for a fundraiser for Sen. Chris Dodd on Friday.
In addition to the luncheon at the Connecticut Science Center, Biden will visit a fire station in East Hartford to discuss how federal stimulus spending is “creating jobs and improving communities in Connecticut.”
Biden took a similar approach when he visited the state in October, stopping in Fairfield to highlight stimulus jobs after attending a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. At the time, this newspaper asked Biden’s office for an accounting of how much the taxpayers paid for the stop, but we have yet to hear back.
News release from the Fedele guber campaign
Fedele for Governor Announces Second Round of Endorsements
31 Endorsements Announced Today Brings Total to 53 Just One Week After Fedele Announces Run For Governor
Lt. Governor Michael Fedele today announced a second round of endorsements from 31 government, community and business leaders. The endorsements announced today bring his total to 53, just one week after announcing his campaign for Governor.
“I am proud and gratified that so many leaders from across Connecticut have expressed their support of my candidacy for Governor in 2010,” Lt. Governor Fedele said. “These individuals are leaders in their communities and they see first-hand that their neighbors continue to struggle in this economy. They understand that the next election will define the future not only for them, but also for their children. They understand that we have an opportunity to create a strong economic future by creating jobs.”
This second round of endorsements includes State Senator L. Scott Frantz of Greenwich and Stamford Republican Town Chairman Chris Munger, along with other municipal leaders, business leaders and members of both the Republican State Central Committee and local Republican town committees.
“The Lt. Governor is not only uniquely qualified to address the challenges Connecticut faces in creating the jobs that will restore our state’s prosperity, he is one terrific person with the highest level of ethics, devotion to public service and concern for our state’s residents,” Senator L. Scott Frantz of Greenwich said. “His blend of solid government and business experience will serve the state very well during these difficult economic times.”
“I am pleased that the Stamford RTC has unanimously endorsed Lt. Governor Fedele for Governor in 2010,” Stamford RTC Chair Chris Munger said. “Mike has the vision, the energy and the right ideas to lead this state back to prosperity. He will have our support and hard work behind him every step of the way.”
The following list includes today’s second round of endorsements:
· State Senator L. Scott Frantz
· Bethlehem First Selectman Jeffrey Hammel
· Bolton First Selectman Bob Morra
· Burlington First Selectman Catherine Bergstrom
· Greenwich Selectman David Theis
· Greenwich Town Clerk Carmen Budkins
· Haddam First Selectman Paul DeStefano
· Lisbon First Selectman Thomas Sparkman
· Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul
· Middlebury First Selectman Thomas Gormley
· Middlefield First Selectman John Brayshaw
· New Canaan Selectman Robert Mallozzi
· New Hartford First Selectman Daniel Jerram
· North Canaan First Selectman Douglas Humes
· Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold
· Orange First Selectman James Zeoli
· Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield
· Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry
· Somers First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini
· Southbury First Selectman William Davis
· Stamford Town Clerk Donna Loglisci
· Trumbull Town Council Vice Chair Suzanne Testani
· Waterford First Selectman Daniel Steward
· Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop
· Woodstock First Selectman Allan Walker, Jr
· The Stamford Republican Town Committee
· Mr. Ed Greenberg, Republican State Central Member
· Mr. Mike Jachimczyk, Republican State Central Member
· Mr. Chris Meek, Founder and Chairman of OurCTGOP and SoldierSocks
· Mr. Tom Devine, Devine Brothers / Devine Bioheat
· Atty. Gerald Farrell, Sr., CT Bar Association Criminal Law Executive Committee