Election Homestretch, Who’s Your Choice?

Now that the Obama fever has died down for now, what are some of the key races heading into the homestretch of the November 4 general election? The big daddy race is for governor where Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy’s locked in a ferociously close contest with 2010 Republican nominee Tom Foley.

It’s déjà vu all over again from four years ago. The difference is Malloy is now the incumbent with a record instead of one of two challenging for an open seat.

Foley’s in the remarkable position of running essentially even in the polls, content to filet Malloy’s record rather than providing specifics about what he’d do as governor. It’s an interesting strategy considering most electors tend to vote on the future. Right now most of the debate has centered on the past with Foley hitting Malloy on tax increases and lack of economic growth. Malloy has returned fire about the past lancing Foley’s business liquidator history of closing plants, putting people out of work and using the profits to finance yachts and jets.

This race has broken records for spending with each candidate enjoying $6.5 million in public funds supplemented by many millions more in independent expenditures.

Jim Himes
Jim Himes at Columbus Parade.

In another rematch from four years ago, Democratic Congressman Jim Himes faces Republican Dan Debicella who was raised in Bridgeport. Himes defeated Debicella by six points four years ago benefiting, like Malloy, from Obama’s visit to the city on the eve of the election that juiced Democratic turnout.

Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District is a diverse configuration of the Fairfield County Gold Coast including wealthy Greenwich, Darien and Westport, as well as cities Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.

Dan Debicella
Dan Debicella campaigns in Bridgeport.

In six years, Himes has done a deft job balancing district concerns, even winning some traditionally Republican areas, but Debicella is trying to frame him as another pol contributing to the inaction in Washington.

Bridgeport will be key in the reelection of Malloy and Himes this cycle. So too, in the State Senate battle between health care professional Marilyn Moore and Republican Trumbull Town Councilman Rick Costantini who was raised in Bridgeport.

Marilyn Moore
Moore at Columbus Parade.

Connecticut’s 22nd State Senate District covers all of Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe. With less than three weeks until Election Day both camps are now moving in earnest to introduce candidates to the electorate through mail pieces, phone calls and door knocks. Moore won a hard-fought August Democratic primary over three-term incumbent Anthony Musto running on a government reform platform and building relationships to deliver for the district.

Rick Costantini
Rick Costantini

The Bridgeport piece of the district covers the traditionally higher-turnout areas such as Black Rock, Brooklawn and North End.



  1. Malloy and Himes, North End here, Moore. I understand Costantini is turning heads in my neighborhood and I still have no Moore sign, but three signs in a row on Madison across from Stop&Shop. What a waste, if I were in my old neighborhood, Ayala would be the man.
    Note to Mayor Finch–Why no Ayala sign on lawn???

    1. Steve,
      I noticed the missing Ayala sign, too. There is clearly a concern over Ayala amassing power and possibly challenging Finch next year. I do believe Finch feels threatened.

  2. For State Representative of the 130th. district, Petitioning candidate on PEACE and PROGRESS PARTY Line 4F, yours truly, Joel Gonzalez aka Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez.

    Over four years ago, I warned you all about Malloy, and I as a Bridgeport RTC member at the time presented you to TOM FOLEY. By a small majority (NO MANDATE), we got stuck with Malloy. How has it been the last four years?

    TOM FOLEY for Governor, LINE 1A.

    Will meet with Rick Costantini tonight. The Moore camp has contracted Dbola and are spreading the deadly political virus. I made the hardest of efforts to reach out to the Moore camp.


    Stay away from these individuals as they have tested positive for Dbola–an extremely dangerous and harmful political virus: Ezequiel Santiago, Andres Ayala, Bob Walsh, Ron Mackey, Steven Auerbach and many others. The virus is spread via the internet, radio, TV, blogs (OIB included), campaign literature and Democratic political operatives. The best way to fight Dbola is to do your own research of the facts found in the voting records of all candidates running for office. Whenever you receive a mailing or piece of campaign literature, read between the lines and ALWAYS keep an open mind. Stop the spread of Dbola by talking to your family, neighbors, and friends about Dbola and its long-term implications and affects. For the past few years, we at OIB have been talking about the Bridgeport Zombies, they have all tested positive for Dbola. These people need your help; the most vulnerable potential victims are those who are Gullorant–simultaneously gullible and ignorant. Get out there now and STOP THE SPREAD OF DBOLA!!!

  3. Connecticut Post
    Tom Foley pays $673 in taxes
    “Tom Foley owns a multi-million-dollar mansion, two British fighter jets and a $5 million yacht, yet takes advantage of tax loopholes middle-class families can only dream about, allowing him to pay no income taxes for three years,” said Mark Bergman, senior adviser for Malloy’s campaign. “Tom Foley lives in a different world than most Connecticut working and middle-class families.”

    The documents again raised the issue of tax loopholes that seem carved out for the rich, which is emerging as a major theme in the rematch between Foley and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

    1. And under whose watch are those loopholes in place? Malloy certainly benefited from them also with $200k in rental income mostly written off. Who has gained the most in wealth over the last four years? The 1%–can hardly blame this on Foley.

    2. You might want to ask Himes, who is on the finance committee, why he is not working for tax reform and to stop inversion–he has the clout and power of the committee to change this, yet does not. Why?


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