Afternoon update: I’m thinking we may see some switchers in this gubernatorial cycle.
Yeah, sometimes in politics it’s better to switch than fight. The wide open guber race has created this dynamic. The GOP senate field hoping to lance Chris Dodd includes Rob Simmons, Linda McMahon, Sam Caligiuri, Tom Foley, Peter Schiff.
McMahon and her money make her a monster to contend with. She’s not going away. Caligiuri, a state senator from Waterbury, has arguably the most solid conservative GOP credentials, but he won’t have the dough of the others. Could Sam sidestep the senate race and segue to challenge 5th District Congressional Democrat Chris Murphy? Sure sounds that way based on his news release today. See below.
Could Foley, former ambassador to Ireland, run for governor instead?
On the Democratic side I see that Attorney General Dick Blumenthal’s phone is ringing again from operatives that want him to enter the governor’s race. Dick took a pass on challenging Jodi Rell (when he thought she was running) and now that Jodi’s out will he try to squeeze out the announced Dems? Dick, ever cautious, always likes a sure thing, plus Joe Lieberman’s seat lurks in 2012.
If I’m running a GOP guber race (aren’t you glad I’m not) I’d be filleting Democrats for creating the highest taxed state in the country. Remember that Kingston Trio song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” I say where has all the money gone? Chorus: wouldn’t you like to know. We keep raising taxes, yet we keep running deficits. How is it that we keep raising revenue but we cannot pay bills? Yeah I know, I know the economy sucks, people don’t buy and it kills sales tax revenue, etc. But message-wise–and that’s what a knucklehead like me deals in–Connecticut Republicans have gotten away from what they do best: tax cuts, budget cuts, less government, tough on crime.
Now, Kevin O’Connor, former GOP United States attorney for Connecticut, would be an attractive candidate for governor. Looks good, sounds good, strong resume, but he was also one of the top lawyers in George Bush’s Justice Department. How will that play? Me, I think folks are focused on the economy and to beat that horse probably doesn’t work.
News release from Sam Caligiuri
Waterbury, CT – In response to Chairman Healy’s call for Senator Caligiuri to enter the Fifth Congressional district race, Caligiuri made the following statement:
“I want to thank Chairman Healy for his kind words and encouragement of my potential candidacy in the Fifth Congressional District. Over the last several days I have been exploring this option with Chairman Healy and other leaders in the party who have reached out to me in support of this move. My goal has always been to best serve the people of Connecticut by reviving our economy, reforming government, and restoring fiscal responsibility. Over the coming days, I will make a decision on how I can best continue to fight for those principles and serve the people of Connecticut.”
Statement from Connecticut GOP Chairman Chris Healy below:
“Over the last few weeks, State Senator Sam Caligiuri and I have discussed his candidacy for statewide office. After much thought and discussion with other leaders and activists, I have urged him to focus his energies on the Fifth Congressional district where I believe he would be a top candidate.
“This is a sentiment shared by many Republican activists in the district. And while it is in no way meant to diminish the efforts of other Republican candidates, Sen. Caligiuri has established himself as a proven reformer and principled legislator.
“Senator Caligiuri’s potential entry into the fifth congressional district race spells trouble for Democrat Chris Murphy and shows Republicans are ready to provide new leadership in the Congress.”
Black Rock Tonight
What are you doing tonight? I’ll be hanging out at the Black Rock Library talking about my favorite subject. Yeah, baby, Bridgeport government and how it works! Fairfield University political science professor Don Greenberg will be on hand as well, to share information about how the government is supposed to operate. My role is to address how it really operates. Eek, never know what I’ll say. Come say hello, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
What a bunch of hooey. Now the state is saying it wants to place a juvenile detention center for girls in a residential area of the Upper East Side because roughly two thirds of the anticipated offenders will come from Bridgeport. Let’s see now, the city has roughly 140,000 inhabitants. The state has a population of three million that includes cities such as Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, and all of those sweet, nice, suburban and rural towns with a bunch of adolescent problems (that no one wants to talk about) and the genius state spin wizards want us to believe it belongs in Bridgeport because it’s providing all the clients. Okay, Bridgeport is the state’s largest city, how about giving us as much state aid as Hartford and New Haven. No, we cannot do that, says the state because Hartford and New Haven are poorer than Bridgeport. Oh, really? A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 in the Carousel Building of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. The venue will be moved from the originally announced location, the Hanson building, to accommodate a larger audience.
From the Connecticut Post
Hearing planned on proposed juvenile center
By Ken Dixon
HARTFORD – Officials from the state Department of Children of Families and the Department of Public Works, under fire from lawmakers opposed to a site in Bridgeport that’s targeted for a new juvenile treatment-and-detention center, have scheduled a public hearing this week on the project.
A chief opponent of the plan, veteran state Rep. Christopher L. Caruso, a Democrat whose district contains the planned location, calls the hearing “a sham” that’s set to influence a pending investigation by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
State Sen. Anthony J. Musto, D-Trumbull, says that it’s a chance to let the surrounding neighborhood voice concerns about the 36,000-square-foot facility for up to two dozen girls under 18 years of age.
“The object of the meeting is to have the community come out and make their opinions known,” Musto said in a phone interview. “Hopefully, if we have enough people there, they’ll find another place.” Caruso, who was instrumental in getting the $15-million project delayed last month before the State Bond Commission, said he cancelled another long-standing commitment for that night in order to attend the event.
“I want to be there with my constituents and help lead the charge against this jail on Virginia Avenue,” said Caruso, who said the meeting venue is too small for the hearing and the parking space is inadequate.
“It’s clearly designed to keep people away and to influence the outcome of the attorney general’s investigation,” said Caruso, who got support last month from majority Democratic leaders in the House to pressure a delay on the plan by the bond commission.