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Gusto For Musto–Ciocci Chokes Public Campaign Dough

October 22nd, 2012 · 6 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events, State Politics

Anthony Musto

Anthony Musto

State Senator Anthony Musto’s feeling pretty good about his reelection chances in two weeks. His Republican opponent Trumbull Town Councilman Chad Ciocci failed to qualify for public financing, something that has rankled Republican leadership in the 22nd State Senate district that includes all of Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe. Had Ciocci qualified for public financing he’d have about $92,000 extra to spend in the district to help just not himself but the entire Republican ticket.

The ballot lineup in the district one through four is top line Republican: Mitt Romney, president; Linda McMahon, U.S. Senate, Steve Obsitnik, U.S. House; and then Ciocci. Democrats: Barack Obama, president; Chris Murphy, U.S. Senate; Jim Himes, U.S. House; and then Musto.

Chad Ciocci

Chad Ciocci, no scratch.

It’s hard enough taking out an incumbent, much tougher without money. Musto, backed by a heavy Democratic registration, will blow out Ciocci in Bridgeport, but Ciocci’s lack of money will allow Musto the opportunity to perform stronger in the suburban towns he had not won in 2008 when he was first elected, and 2010.

To qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded campaigns a state senate candidate must secure 300 small donations within the district to receive the cash infusion. It’s a labor-intensive process, but one a majority of candidates participating in the program meet. Ciocci, despite his repeated assurances he would qualify, fell short. The State Elections Enforcement Commission that oversees the program allocated its final grants last week.


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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Mojo

    *** With two weeks left, more money will not help Ciocci anyway due to Obama coat-riding in this election by all Democratic candidates. *** It’s on autopilot! ***

  • Antitestoo

    Sen. Musto supported Gov. Rell’s Jail on the upper East Side 138th.
    I think this time I’ll vote for Ciocci.

  • Fluckarella

    Hey Antitestoo, that’s right, Sen. Musto is untrustworthy.
    I’m all-in with Ciocci too.

  • The Fixer

    That’s why the district was changed. The upper East Side is no longer in Musto’s district thanks to the state party Dems. Those voters are no longer a threat to Musto. The sacrificial lamb was Senator Gomes. So much for brotherhood.

    • The Fixer

      Lest you forget, the re-districting was done when Senator Gomes was recuperating from major heart surgery. Instead of looking out for the senior senator, they threw him under the bus. Low blow indeed.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Right on, Fixer. Musto is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Nancy DiNardo. When he represented us up here in the 138th he didn’t do a damn thing for us. Well I am mistaken, he tried to get us a prison and spoke passionately in favor of it until the people stood up and told him no.
    I am glad they changed the district lines but sad it cost my friend Ed Gomes his seat. Musto sold him out and is nothing more than a political whore.

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