Ah, the money battle. My buck’s bigger than your buck. Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann, candidate for Congress, kicked out this statement the other day crowing about being the top GOP fundraiser, with $365,000 on hand, to blunt Democrat Jim Himes’ reelection.
The numbers don’t lie. I have a financial and statistical advantage on my fellow Republican candidates, and the delegates to the party’s Convention in May and the voters in the subsequent primary will undoubtedly be attracted to the candidate that has the best chance of beating Jim Himes in November.
Really, Tom? Maybe you should double-check the numbers. The National Republican Campaign Committee reports that Shelton State Senator Dan Debicella has more dough than Herrmann who plopped a lot of his own dough into his campaign account. Debicella and Herrmann are the leading GOP contenders in a crowded field for an expected August primary.
Debicella Fundraising tops $440,000
Raises $206,000 in Q1, with $415,000 cash-on-hand
State Senator Dan Debicella reported today that he has raised $440,094 in his campaign for Congress in Connecticut’s Fourth District, with $414,890 in cash-on-hand as of March 31.
“Washington is leading us in the wrong direction, with a record of failure on the economy, enormous deficits, and out-of-control spending,” said Debicella. “Fairfield County needs a Congressman with ideas to get our country moving in the right direction again—not a rubber-stamp for Nancy Pelosi like Jim Himes has been.”
Debicella noted that he has raised more than any other Republican candidate, with over 1,000 people donating to his campaign. The campaign received $206,639 in donations in the first quarter, and spent less than $12,000.
“People are frustrated with the direction Washington is taking our country,” said Debicella. “Instead, they are excited about my proposals to create jobs by replacing the stimulus package with a payroll tax cut, eliminate the budget deficit through a new federal spending cap, and developing true healthcare reform by reducing costs rather than expanding government control.”
Debicella’s fundraising numbers come on top of over 100 endorsements he has received from nearly every town in the district. Mayors, First Selectmen, state legislators, and Republican Party officials have all endorsed his candidacy. Additionally, Debicella has received the endorsement of three Republican town committees.
Debicella is a second-term Republican State Senator representing the eastern part of Fairfield County, including Shelton, Stratford, Monroe, and Seymour. He is a lifelong resident of Fairfield County, and grew up in Bridgeport where his father was a police officer. He was the first in his family to go to college, attending the Wharton School and receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has spent most of his career in business, having worked for management consulting firm McKinsey in Stamford, as Director of Strategy at PepsiCo in Purchase, NY, and as Assistant Vice President of Marketing at The Hartford Financial Services.
Debicella is one of approximately forty “Young Gun” candidates for the GOP nationwide. These are the candidates that the national GOP believes are the most likely to defeat incumbent Democratic Congressman.
“As an incumbent, Jim Himes will undoubtedly campaign using millions of dollars from Washington special interest groups. Republicans will need to be unified to defeat Jim Himes in November,” Debicella said. “Our strong fundraising has made me one of the top challengers nationwide, and reinforces that I am the most credible Republican candidate against Jim Himes.”
The Fourth Congressional District comprises most of Fairfield County, including seventeen towns from Greenwich in the west, to Shelton in the east, and Ridgefield in the north. The seat was held by Congressman Christopher Shays from 1987-2009.
Dazed And Confused
Leading Dem guber candidates Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy are cranking up their campaign heading into the party convention next month. Both seek union support, the traditional foundation of Dem primary campaigns. Dan says Ned is confused about paid sick days. From The New Haven Independent:
They don’t agree with Ned Lamont on paid sick days, but they like his campaign war chest.
That was the sentiment Wednesday, as a leading gubernatorial hopeful snagged a major endorsement from a key Democratic constituency. The leadership of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 of Westport threw its support behind Lamont as he seeks the Democratic nomination for governor.
Brian Petronella, president of UFCW Local 371, announced the endorsement at Lamont’s downtown New Haven headquarters. He stressed Lamont’s newly released plan for job creation. Lamont has said job creation is his top priority.
“We’re both fighting for the same thing—jobs for the people of Connecticut,” said Petronella.
The two allies split when the topic turned to paid sick days. Lamont took heat from unions when he came out against a state bill that would require businesses to offer employees paid sick days.
Wednesday, the candidate clarified his position.
First Lamont said it’s up to unions to secure benefits for their workers, including paid sick days—”that’s why these guys are so important.”
He said he would support a federal paid sick day bill, but not a statewide bill.
Malloy: Lamont Still Doesn’t Get It
Democratic candidate for Governor and former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy today responded to a “confusing” news report regarding Ned Lamont’s position on paid sick leave legislation. Malloy has been a consistent and strong supporter of paid sick leave in Connecticut. Said Malloy:
“It’s one thing for Ned to be against paid sick leave before he was for it – but trying to play both sides of the fence is the worst kind of political maneuvering. Does Connecticut really need another Governor afraid to take clear stances on tough issues? Another Governor who’s fine with the status quo?
“Ned says it’s ‘up to unions to secure benefits for their workers.’ I think that’s wrong. I think it’s up to the next Governor to work with labor and business to do what’s right when it comes to public health and public policy. It should be a no-brainer, but Ned just doesn’t get it. Still.”
Dick’s Dollars, news release:
BLUMENTHAL RAISES MORE THAN $1.87 MILLION IN FIRST QUARTER
Majority of donations come from CT residents, and more than half of all contributions under $200
In his first fundraising quarter since entering the U.S. Senate race on January 6th, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal raised more than $1.87 million from over 2,300 donors, his campaign announced today. Blumenthal’s numbers were buoyed by a “strong, statewide grassroots fundraising effort,” according to Mike Cacace, Blumenthal’s Campaign Chairman.
Demonstrating broad-based support throughout Connecticut, a solid majority of donations were from Connecticut voters. And, over 56% of the total contributions came from individuals who gave $200 or less.
“We are pleased and gratified with the tremendous support for Dick’s candidacy. By all traditional fundraising measures, $1.87 million raised in less than a full quarter, is a remarkable success,” said Cacace. “Dick has devoted his life to serving the people of Connecticut, fighting for their needs and protecting their interests, and this showing sends a strong, clear message that the people of Connecticut want him to continue his fierce advocacy in the U.S. Senate. In these tough economic times, it’s humbling to see this outpouring of grassroots support from the people of Connecticut.”
“We are potentially facing a self-funded opponent who intends to spend $50 million of her own money on this race,” Cacace continued. “We’re taking nothing for granted, and Dick will continue to work as tirelessly as he always has to earn the support of Connecticut’s voters in November.”
The Blumenthal campaign has nearly $1.6 million cash on hand. Final figures will not be available until the April 15th FEC filing deadline.
This is painful to watch, depending on your point of view. She’s a freaking lawyer, or so she says!
From the Hartford Courant:
The latest in a series of extraordinary episodes emerged Thursday from Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s lawsuit seeking to have herself declared eligible to run for attorney general – with the release of hours of videotape showing Bysiewicz under questioning from the state Republican Party’s attorney, admitting that she has rarely been in a courthouse and never tried a case.