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Saturday, July 08, 2006

DeStefano takes on Connecticut's finest


Be sure to come back tomorrow morning and watch my exclusive video of John DeStefano as he answered a wide range of questions from various Connecticut bloggers at the Town Line Diner in Rocky Hill. Those in attendance were bloggers from Connecticut Local politics, My Left Nutmeg, and Without a Purpose so be sure to check out their sites and read what they have to say about today's interview.

Lieberman's claims debunked

Joe Lieberman claims that Ned Lamont is a closet Republican from Greenwich...well the Republicans in Greenwich tell a different story.
Lieberman repeatedly tried to paint Lamont with a Republican brush, saying he voted consistently with the Republicans more than 15 years ago as the only Democrat on the three-member Greenwich board of selectmen.

But Greenwich Republicans do not consider Lamont to be one of their own.

Lamont was never known for intense partisanship in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a selectman and then as a finance board member, the Republicans say, where votes were on strictly local issues, rather than hot-button topics such as Iraq, abortion or the death penalty.

"Most of the stuff we dealt with was the mundane stuff - parking signs, roads," said Republican John B. Margenot, who served as first selectman when Lamont was on the board. "There were no Democratic principles involved or Republican principles. I think it's kind of spurious that Lieberman raises the issue. It's a non-issue."

When asked if he viewed Lamont as a Republican, Margenot replied, "No, I wouldn't think that at all. He was more like a liberal Democrat."


[...]

Sam Romeo, a longtime Greenwich Republican who served as campaign manager for then-Sen. Emil "Bennie" Benvenuto in the 1990 state Senate contest against Lamont, termed Lieberman's characterization "a little misleading" because the local boards often operate on a bipartisan basis.

"It's about running the town of Greenwich," Romeo said Friday. "Greenwich is in its own world down here in the way we run things. It has nothing to do with politics, really."

Republican Chris Antonik, a former elected member of the town's representative town meeting and a current member of the Republican town committee, said, "Ned was a Democrat. I never even recall him acting like a Republican. He's not a Republican."

Surprise, surprise, another claim by team Joementum fails...at this point, are you surprised?

From the beginning of his "arrogant" campaign, Joe Lieberman has acted like spoiled incumbent who seems insulted that someone dare challenges him for "his" senate seat. Instead of talking about the issues (or running on his record), Lieberman has done all he can to smear Ned Lamont with each attempt eventually backfiring (bear ad, claiming Lamont is a Republican...and then claiming that he's a liberal, one-issue candidate claim, etc).

The latest accusation (Lamont the Republican) will certainly not fool the voters who will show up to the polls in August and will probably piss off the people who are undecided and will give them a reason to check out what Lamont has to offer. As Lamont's "don't know enough about him" numbers fall, Ned's approval numbers rise as Joe Lieberman's numbers take a nose dive.

Keep up the great job Sean and Marion, you're giving you man great advice!

When will Joe Lieberman talk about the issue that placed him in a primary fight for his life in the first place?

A politician who distorts the truth with Karl Rove tactics (a.k.a. lies). Is Joe Lieberman the type of Democrat you want representing you in Washington?

Friday, July 07, 2006

DNC Chairman answers the "simple question"

Seems like the MSM guys are all over my simple quesiton and now Howard Dean answers the call.
"The nice thing about our party is we don't dictate from the top down. We actually let voters make decisions, and I think that's a very healthy thing to do. I encourage voters to make decisions, and who they choose is who we support."



Simple quesiton, simple answer.

You see how easy that was to do Chuck.

The results are in...

and it isn't even close.



Just in case you think this site is biased, take a look at these results...

Hartford Courant:


MSNBC


Connecticut Local Politics



You get the picture...

State Senator Bill Finch update

It's been one week since State Senator Bill FInch made the outrageous claim that ConnecticutBLOG and my readers "sandbagged" him and his staff. After I carefully showed that the charge from Senator Finch was wrong, I requested (via my post), a retraction from Senator Finch and/or his staff but as of today, there has been no further posting on Finch's site nor have I heard anything from his office.

Well, maybe we did hear something...

Oh, you sneaky readers, you almost had me there. For a second, I thought this was from Senator Finch himself, with the handwriting being so close and everything...

Senator, I'm not out to bash or sandbag anyone...what I am asking (as a registered Democrat) is just an answer to this very simple question:

Will you support the Democratic nominee for Senate?

Although the claim that you made about me on your site has been debunked by myself and several other local and bloggers/readers, you still refuse to issue a retraction nor have you answered my rather simple question.

This is quite disappointing.

The people of Connecticut who read this blog deserve to hear from you on this matter. Do you support the will of the people in Connecticut who will be voting this August and agree to back whoever wins the primary? Will you retract your unfair characterization you made about this blog and the reader who initially contacted your office seeking an answer to my simple question.

Please leave a comment at Senator Finch's blog and ask him why he hasn't responded to my requests for a retraction and an answer to my simple question.

I just don't understand why something so simple has to be so hard.

DeStefano announces transportation plan

This is a topic that hits home to people living in Fairfield County. Just try driving from Danbury to I-84/I-691 interchange and you'll see what I mean.

From DeStefano press release:
John DeStefano, Democratic candidate for governor, began a two part whistle stop tour through Fairfield County today to announce his new transportation policy. Lawmakers, elected officials, and supporters from Bridgeport, Fairfield and Norwalk joined DeStefano as he greeted commuters and discussed his plan to improve Connecticut's neglected rails, roads, and ports.

DeStefano's plan calls for sweeping improvements to Connecticut's transportation infrastructure, including: implementation of commuter rail from New Haven to Springfield, the creation of a bi-state Connecticut-Massachusetts Airport and Development Authority, the formation of the Port of Connecticut, and increased parking and safety measures at rail stations along Metro-North commuter rail line

"Connecticut's quality of life is in serious jeopardy because Governors Rowland and Rell have failed to address our state's transportation crisis," said DeStefano. "Gridlock is driving jobs out of the state and forcing people to spend dinnertime in their car instead of with their family. As governor, I would lead the effort to revitalize our roads, ports, and rail."

[...]

DeStefano's transportation policy addresses many of Connecticut's critical needs. The highlights are listed below:

* Creation a new state agency to manage the state's public transit system. (According to the Connecticut Commuter Council, Connecticut is the only state in the nation to run its commuter rail operations out of its department of transportation).

* Create a bi-state Connecticut-Massachusetts Airport and Development Authority. It would aggressively manage the airport and market Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

* Widen I-95 from Branford to the Rhode Island border.

* Audit of all bridges should be completed with a financing plan and timetable to address the State's needs prioritizing safety and usage.

* Immediately invest in commuter rail between service between New Haven and Springfield and pursue commuter rail along I-84.

* Improve freight rail access to Connecticut. Rail options for freight should be expanded using Connecticut’s north-south connections to the CSX facilities in Massachusetts.

* Work with New York State to re-establish rail freight movement across the Hudson River and New York Harbor.

* Increase parking, lighting and safety at Metro-North stops in Fairfield County.

* Create a true Port of Connecticut capable of supporting all three ports with financial resources, expanded bonding capacity, planning assistance, and marketing capacity.

* Develop the Port of New London and I-395 into a commercial corridor.

* Immediately seek proposals for high speed ferry service to each of the state's ports with connections to Long Island and New York City.
Interesting points are made here by Mayor DeStefano although I would like to hear about how we're going to pay for these improvements. I'll be interviewing Mayor DeStefano tomorrow and I'll make sure to bring this topic up so he can expalin this proposal in greater detail.

Debate video

For those who missed it, here's the video of the debate courtesy of Spazeboy!

Pre-debate


Debate: Segment 1


Segment 2


Segment 3


Segment 4


Segment 5


Segment 6 (closing remarks)

A message for Joe

Since the Lieberyouth like to read this blog, could you pass this message on to Joe for me.


Thanks in advance.

Which candidate's website is better

Let's see what the candidates are saying about the debate.

This is Ned's site, and here is Joe's site.

Seems like Ned's site is full of information (notice that thing in bold that says "Click "Read More" for Comprehensive Debate Coverage") while Joe's lack of information clearly shows that he could care less about the debate. I guess Tim was right about Joe's attitude towards the whole debate thing...
Senator Lieberman stormed out of the debate early, barely answering questions from the local media. He was hearing a lot about his anger during the debate and called it a day.
Angry Joe is too upset because he feels that he's entitled to "his" senate seat and is pissed that he has to campaign...poor baby.

No information on the debate, no information on where Joe will be appearing next time in Connecticut...who's out of touch?

Hey, you're doing a heck of a job with Joe's campaign Sean and Marion! Keep up the great work...we all love watching the car wreck called Joementum in progress.

Lieberman supporter attacks Jews

Wow, I had to read this quote two times because I couldn't believe what I was reading...

Remember Joe Lieberman's buddy, Former Democratic state party chair John F. Droney, Jr. (he's the colorful guy who called Lamont supporters "wierdos"). Well, take a look at what this moron had to say about Jewish people who support Ned Lamont.

This is outrageous!
"I find the behavior of a large segment of the Jewish community to be reprehensible and outrageous," said John Droney, a former chairman of the state party who is advising Lieberman to run as an independent. "When he's in trouble like this, they all ought to rally to him. It's too bad that you have to listen to an Irish-American to realize that you've got to support your own home cooking."

What a fucking asshole. For a person to scold Jews for having the nerve to vote their choice is not only outrageous, but disgusting. To think that this jerk was a former Democratic State Chairman.

Lieberman channels Bush

After watching the debate last night, Huffington Post contributor Ari Melber can't tell the difference between Joe Lieberman and George Bush.
"I believe it was the right thing for us to overthrow Saddam Hussein," said Senator Joe Lieberman last night, explaining his support for the Iraq War during the heated primary debate with Ned Lamont. Lieberman's stubborn defense sounded eerily similar to another unpopular politician under pressure for the war. Last night President Bush assured Larry King "the decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision."

Lieberman actually channeled Bush throughout the debate. He echoed the White House spin on Iraq, arguing the only "choice is between helping the Iraqis achieve a free and independent Iraq or abandoning them and letting the terrorists take over." He trotted out baseless flip-flop charges, accusing Lamont of taking five different positions on the war. And when all else failed, Lieberman deployed the classic Bush-Rove tactic: project your own weakness on to your opponent. So he accused Lamont of the top grievances voters have against Lieberman: voting too often with Republicans, acting out of touch and prioritizing power over principle. (He claimed Lamont's war position only changed when he decided there was an "opportunity to become a United States senator").
No wonder Lieberman is President Bush's favorite "cut and run" Democrat...they sound and act exactly alike.
Lieberman can keep cheering and channeling Bush, but the hammering will continue. And as luck would have it, Bush is no longer cheering (or kissing) back. Last night, when Larry King pressed him on whether he supports Lieberman, Bush said he would not give Lieberman "a political kiss, which could be his death." But as Connecticut voters know, that kiss was already planted a long time ago.
Not only is that "kiss" cemented in the minds of the voters in Connecticut, a button and parade float was created as a constant reminder of the love shared between the two neo-cons.

Local news coverage of the debate

The great Spazeboy recorded the local news reaction to the debate and it doesn't look good for Lieberman.

Debate fallout

Well, it's the day after and based on the feedback, one thing is clear...Joe Lieberman is in a lot of trouble.

Pundit after pundit are coming to the same conclusion, Joe Lieberman acted like an arrogant jackass who didn't look like he wanted to be in the studio and seemed angry that he's being challenged for "his" senate seat.

All the local blogs and online media covered the event and I encourage you to check them all out.

Paul Bass was at the Channel 30 studios and did a great article on the post-debate spinning.
Spazeboy has all the local television news footage.
Lamontblog gives a detail account of the big showdown.
MyLeftnutmeg offers some great commentary.
Connecticut Local Politcs offers a decent analysis on the debate and gives the win to Lamont.
CTBlue slams DINOBoy.

AND of course, check out Ned Lamont's official blog for Tim has ever angle on the debate covered.

You can check out the national blogs who are paying us a visit and check out their opinions as well:
Jane at Firedoglake shows how live blogging is done
Matt at MyDD also gives us his usual A+ analysis.

Make sure you check out my interview with Lamont treauer John Hartwell as he hit it on the nail regarding Joe Lieberman's awful situation. In a nutshell, Joe is screwed.

Also, make sure you vote in the online poll on the right hand of this blog...the results will be posted later.

UPDATE: while you're at it, go over to the Hartford Courant and participate in thir poll also.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Participate in the online poll

Who do you think won the debate? Ned Lamont or Joe Lieberman. Vote in the poll over on the right column of the blog and I'll post the results tomorrow morning.

John Hartwell interview

I was able to get an interview with Ned Lamont's campaign treasurer John Hartwell and he offered his views on tonight's debate and where the lamont campaign goes from here.

Comments from viewers

From Channel 30's website
On Moderating...
"Every time Senator Lieberman chose to interrupt the debate and shout over Mr. Lamont, I was reminded what the real problem is... the Senator refuses to listen to Democrats, to our questions, to our answers, and our advice." katgw

"(Senator Lieberman) seemed overly defensive (almost scared), was somewhat "disrespectful" in continuing to talk through the rebuttals and not let Ned speak (not the word I really want, but close enough), and appeared to just be a grumpy old man. Maybe we don't fully know Lamont after this debate, but I sure learned a lot of Lieberman. And I don't think I like it." easelmmc

"Where in the world was the moderator for heaven's sake! That rude Joe Lieberman interrupted several times, almost every time it seemed, yet the moderator said nothing! Shame!" dsmithers

"I am disappointed in the moderation of this debate; Lieberman was rudely interrupting and the moderator allowed it. I am very familiar with Lieberman's schtick and the just continued to be his Democrat in name only (DINO) self. It was refreshing to hear some progressive Democrat values discussed by Lamont rather than the same old thing by Lieberman. Ned will do a great job with a new Senate and will represent Democratic CT well." Zennurse, patriot for ned

"How fitting that whiney Joe always had the get the last word, not a surprise. What IS a surprise is that NBC allowed Lieberman 1 and 1/2 rebuttals extra beyond what Ned was given. How many times does the guy get to interrupt and how many double follow-ups does he get before you decide to actually take control of the debate you're supposed to be moderating??" edwardsa

On Joe...

"I've been oppoesed to Bush's favorite Democrat since before Ned Lamont came on the scene. So it should be no suprise I would think Lamont won. What did suprise me was Lieberman's negative, attack approach towards Lamont. (On that note, if Lieberman thinks Lamont is such a Republican, why does he think Lamont contributed to Lieberman's campaigns in the past? C'mon Joe.... Show even a little integrity....)"
Mike Rosenberg Glastonbury, CT

"Lieberman is yesterday's news. Looks like he'll get that opportunity to make the private sector money that Cheney promised him back in '99. Ned's going to beat him like a rag doll in the election." El_Trutho



About Ned...

"I thought that Ned came across like a real person while Joe seemed liked the entitled DC Aristocrat. Joe's bullying tactics only fortified the opinion I had before watching the debate." EnricoM

"I thought Lamont did a fine job. Lieberman looked tired, cocky and rude. Lamont was interrupted many times throughout the debate, and usually so Lieberman could repeat himself. It wasn't pretty. Lamont kept it real." RobinMarie
Sweet!

Behind the scenes video coverage

Tim was on the scene at Channel 30 studios and filed this report over at Ned Lamont's official blog:
Senator Lieberman stormed out of the debate early, barely answering questions from the local media. He was hearing a lot about his anger during the debate and called it a day. Ned stuck around for questions for about 20 minutes. The result... Sean Smith, Senator Lieberman's campaign manager, fielding questions from a single repoter and Ned swamped by the press.
Here is some behind the scenes video from Tim.

Local pre-debate coverage

For the people who are not from Connecticut, here's the pre-debate local coverage from Channel 30.

Debate update

Well, that was harsh...

Couldn't get online at O'Neill's but I was able to interview several people who came by to watch the debate and I'll upload the video in a few minutes.

Also, I'm going back on the road and hopefully, I'll catch Ned in Hartford.

Check out Spazeboy, Lamontblog, and Ned's official blog for more and feedback from tonight's debate.

Live blogging soon

I'm off to the debate. Check back here for local coverage as I'll provide so much video and audio updates, that you'll think you're in Connecticut.

(this is of course if I can find a wifi area in Norwalk. Don't worry, I'll make it happen...somehow).

Till later!

Another proud Dem answers the question

If only more Democrats were as proud and forthcoming as Rep. Tercyak.
As you know, Ned's promised to support the winner of Aug. 8th's Democratic primary. I'm a real Democrat just like Ned, so I'll support the primary victor too.
Thanks for asking.

Peter Tercyak
State Representative
26th District.
Now, that's the type of answer I like, simple and to the point! I'd vote for him anyday.

What about the rest of you politicians who read this blog...stand up and proudly answer the simple question. The people you represent deserve to hear from you.

DeStefano unleashes new ad

I tell ya, that DeStefano is becoming quite the blogger. Here is his new ad which was released today.


You can ask Mayor DeStefano any question you want as he'll be live blogging tomorrow at at 4:40 over at My Left Nutmeg.

Seantor Boxer having second thoughts

From Firedoglake:
(Update: I'm hearing that Boxer might be going a little wobbly on her decision to stump for Joe. If she were to issue a statement today saying she is not coming to Connecticut, that would just be a wonderful thing and she would be deserving of all praise for supporting women's rights with her decision. You can call her office in DC at 202-224-3553, Sacramento at 916-448-2787, or email her here.)


You know what to do...

Help me get Connecticut Democratic politicians on record

No backing down now!

We need to keep the pressure on and get more Democrats on record. Call or email the Democratic officials in Connecticut and ask them this simple question.

Will you support the Democratic nominee for Senate?

You would think that such a simple question would result in a simple answer...well this is not the case.

I need you to help our fellow Democrats politicians in Connecticut do the right thing. Check out the list of people who have answered the question already and call or email the others who are avoiding the issue.

Now it's time to step it up a notch.

PLEASE call your town/city Democratic Town Committee chairman and get them on the record also. In terms of local government, it doesn't get any more local than these people therefore, we should know where they stand also. I asked my city DTC chairman (who is a Lieberman supporter) the simple question and he said he would back the Democratic nominee without hesitation. Let's see if the others will follow suit.

Now that Joe Lieberman has decided to "cut and run" from the Democratic Party, we have a right to know where other Democrats officials in Connecticut stand on this important issue.

Support the New Haven Independent

Show your love for online media and support Paul Bass' New Haven Independent.

Live debate blogging from Norwalk tonight

Unless you've been living in a cave, you should know that Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman will be debating tonight at 7pm. The debate will be shown on WVIT-30, MSNBC, and C-SPAN and I'll be live blogging from Norwalk at the Lamont Debate Watch Party.

Well, lets say I'm hoping to be live blogging from there...I'm still checking on wifi availability.

developing...

Farrell answers the simple question while Dodd continues to avoid the issue

It's great the reporters are picking up on my "simple question."

It makes my job much easier...thanks guys!

Congressional candidate Diane Farrell indicated yesterday she would not support U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman if he lost the Aug. 8 Democratic primary and ran in the general election as a petition candidate.

"I endorsed Joe several months ago. I've told him I disagree strongly with him on the war and a few other issues. And I've told him I'll support the winner of the primary on Aug. 8," Farrell said in a statement issued by her campaign.

Meanwhile, our Senior Senator Chris Dodd remains on the fence.
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has said he believes Lieberman will win and be the Democratic nominee. Dodd and many other Democrats have been reluctant to discuss how they would respond if Lieberman loses the primary.
At this point, with Joe Lieberman cutting and running from the Democratic Party, this statement is simply unacceptable.

Senator Dodd, not only are you the Senior senator of Connecticut, you're probably the most powerful Democrat in Connecticut yet, you won't stand up for the Democratic Party and the will of the voters who will cast their votes in August? What is wrong with simply saying you'll support the Democratic nominee for Senate?

You're silence regarding this matter is becoming quite troubling for many in Connecticut who have supported, voted, and respected you all these years.

We need to hear from you. If you're planning to run for President, one of the requirements for that top job is leadership and not running away from the tough issues.

This is one of those times.

Now is the time to lead and now is the time to do the right thing...answer the simple question.

What so wrong with supporting the Democratic Party?

BTW: Still no word from State Senator Bill Finch. No answer, no apology. Your silence speaks volumes and will be remembered.

Proud to be in the "distant minority"

I guess Lieberman doesn't like bloggers....
If we're the distant minority, then it should be no problem for Joe to support the winner of the primary...right?

Moody is sooo screwed

Ah, why isn't this person fired yet and why is Gov. Rell defending her?
Legislators who control a General Assembly committee said Wednesday they believe that the governor's chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody, "misled" them by testifying May 16 she didn't read an ethics memo that it turns out she'd actually edited - adding they're "leaning" toward requesting a criminal perjury investigation.

"I think it's fair to say the consensus of the Democrats in our caucus today was that Lisa Moody did mislead the committee" during investigative hearings May 10-19, said Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, co-chairman of the government administration and elections committee.

Caruso made the comment after a 90-minute meeting with House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, and fellow Democrats who hold the majority on the committee. Caruso said the panel will take at least one more week to review additional e-mails they have requested, as well as other evidence. Then they will decide whether to request a criminal investigation of Moody by the chief state's attorney's office, reopen investigative hearings, or seek written sworn statements.

The fast-moving story took several sharp twists Wednesday:

Amann said that during a phone call from Gov. M. Jodi Rell Monday, the governor sought to convince him that Democrats should end their pursuit of Moody - and then she mentioned that Republicans are aware of Amann's office's possible misuse of state resources to distribute invitations at the Capitol for a campaign fundraiser. Amann said he interpreted her comment as a "hint" that Republicans would make trouble if Democrats didn't back off, and told Rell: "Governor, do what you think you have to do." He said he believed no violation had occurred.
Gov. Rell is playing hardball while ignoing the obvious...that her pal Lisa Moody lied in her testimony.

Things are getting very interesting and at this point, I think it's somewhat safe to say that Gov. Rell is playing with fire.

Lieberman ready to sink to new low

Ah, I guess Lieberman is going to use some of the negative themes he tested on people during his "push-polling" crusade.

The Hartford Courant's Kevin F. Rennie tells the Hotline that before he announced Monday that he would seek a spot on the CT ballot as an independent, Sen. Joe Lieberman conducted extensive polling on his independent bid and his Democratic primary tormentor, Ned Lamont.

According to Rennie, "Lieberman asked voters how they would react to his seeking a spot on the ballot if he loses the August 8th Democratic primary. He also tested some themes, his campaign confirmed, [aimed] at kicking the stuffing out of Lamont. Lieberman, who has been looking smaller and smaller in this race, is apparently hoping to score points with an inventory of millionaire Lamont’s motor vehicles. He asked voters if they would be less likely to vote for Lamont if they knew he started driving a hybrid vehicle when he decided to run for the Senate."

"Though Lieberman insists he wants to talk about big issues in his primary battle, the public should gird itself for an ugly month."


Real class from a three term senator...we're all waiting for Joe to talk about the issues.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Senator Bill Finch accuses ConnecticutBLOG of "sandbagging"

Wow, I guess there is a first time for everything...

From Bill Finch's blog:
While I believe that the internet is an amazing tool, I must admit it has it's drawbacks. Recently, someone contacted my office to make an inquiry into a particular position of mine in one of the upcoming primaries. When my aide responded in a timely fashion, accurately stating my position, he was quoted on a blog as me. While I support the efforts of my aide, I would have appreciated the opportunity to respond to something that was going to be quoted myself.

It is this type of deceptive, irresponsible use of the internet that will prevent bloggers from being taken seriously when it comes to getting information out to the media. My aide knows my positions, and does a good job of relaying them when asked. As a rule, however, if anyone wants an official quote, they should always contact the source of the quote instead of sandbagging a staffer by failing to disclose the true nature of the inquirers question. I will always answer questions in as forthright a manner as the questioner poses it.
Now let's take a ride in the time machine and take a look at the quote in question (note the sentence in bold)...
Received this from Bill Finch's office:

Sen. Finch supports Joe Lieberman, believing that he is in lockstep with the democratic platform and the DLC 90% of the time, and that the 10% where Lieberman breaks from his party is on personal principle.
Now, after a trusted reader received the following quote from his office, Senator Finch's name was placed in the undecided category in terms of answering the simple question.

Some things to consider here.

1. The statement came from Finch's office. Nowhere in the post was it stated that these were Finch's direct words.

2. In his own words, Senator Finch stated that the aide stated Finch's position accurately therefore, the statement cited in the post was accurate.

3. Senator Finch had a chance to clear up any confusion by answering the simple question on his blog but instead, he accused ConnecticutBLOG of smearing him.

Senator, in no way did ConnecticutBLOG or any other blog who crosslinked to me smear or sandbag you and I'm personally disappointed that you would make such a claim. The simple question posed to you is a question that the voters of Connecticut deserve an answer to yet we still haven't received a response from you as of today.

I'll ask you this question personally...

Will you support the Democraitc nominee for senate?

Based on the response from your office (which you stated as accurate) your name was labeled "undecided" on the list and the Democratic voters of Connecticut still await your answer. If there is any confusion, you're in the best position to clear up any misunderstanding by again answering the simple question:

Will you support the Democraitc nominee for senate?

The readers of ConnecticutBLOG and the Democratic voters of Connecticut which you represent, patiently await your reply and I hope this matter can be cleared up in a timely manner.

BTW: I could understand if you're upset over the somewhat unflattering photo that I used of you in the original post. I wouldn't want any pictures of myself standing next to Ernest Newton and Mayor John Fabrizi to be published right now but, may I recommend that you consider removing the photo from your website since this is where I found the photograph.

UPDATE: Let Senator Finch know how you feel about attacking this site. You can leave a comment on his site by clicking here. Please be polite when making your point. I just want my simple question answered...is that too much to ask from a person who represents the Democrats in the state?

UPDATE 2: Oh man, this is rich!

It seems like Senator Finch's office took down the webpage containing Finch posing with disgraced former Senator Ernest Newton and admitted cocaine user, Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi. Taking the page down makes me look like I'm making stuff up so I guess it sucks that I'm pretty good with the whole internet thing and was able to find the page cached on Google...

Senator Finch (and his aides), I'm not looking for a fight here and personally, I think you're making this hard and unnecessary. If you want to continue to smear my site and have this entire situation exposed to the whole country, then be my guest. Please keep this in mind, all I am requesting from the senator is a reply to my simple question and I'm very disappointed that 1. you're avoiding the question and 2. you're accusing this site of "sandbagging" you which clearly was not the case.

Why does answering a simple question have to be so hard?

BTW: God bless ya Sue!

Bridgeport council seeks power to recall mayor


The hits keep coming for Joe Leiberman's friend, Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi. Now it seems that the city's council wants the power to recall the mayor.

City leaders have formed a special committee to recommend reforms in light of Bridgeport Mayor John M. Fabrizi's confession that he used cocaine while in office.

Bridgeport City Council President Andres Ayala Jr. appointed the committee's members Monday.

It is expected to review a provision in the city charter that could allow for recall of the mayor, although questions remained about whether it would conflict with state regulations.

The group will also review whether to adopt a strict city policy on drug use, including whether it should be deemed an ethics violation under city ordinances.

Fabrizi said he would "absolutely" consider suggestions made by the council, but noted that "they don't set policy."

DSCC will support winner of the Democratic primary

Being reported at Raw Story right now.
In a serious blow to Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (D-CT) reelection campaign, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is likely to back the winner of the Democratic primary in Connecticut, meaning that Lieberman may be left without national allies for campaign money.

A senior Democratic party official confirmed that the DSCC is unlikely to back Lieberman should he lose the primary to Ned Lamont, a more progressive contender in Connecticut who has garnered support from bloggers and has catalyzed his campaign around Lieberman's aggressive position on Iraq.

"It is likely that the DSCC will back the winner of the Democratic primary in Connecticut," the party official told RAW STORY, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the race.

James Amann: latest Liebercrat

Remember, this person is the speaker of the House for the Democratic Party in Connecticut.
"State House Speaker James A. Amann, D-Milford, said he is backing Lieberman in the primary and will back him if he runs as an independent. "I'm aggravated that some guy named Ned ... is trying to buy himself a U.S. Senate seat," said Amann."
Stunning. Not only does Amann, the Speaker of the House, say he'll back Lieberman, he smears Ned Lamont in the process...

Joe gets grilled in the press...again

Okay, I feel like crap and I just don't have the energy to do my report on Ned at today's parade. It will just take too much effort to edit the video and upload everything so I'm going to put it off till tomorrow morning.

Again, I'm sorry but the heat took a toll on me today and I need to go to bed.

Before I pass out, it seems like George Bush's favorite "cut and run" Democrat got grilled again in the press. You see, people are REALLY pissed off at Lieberman now and I bet you over the next few days, you'll hear people speaking out against Mr. Independent Democrat.

I think this article is the tip of the iceberg for arrogant Joe.

The more I think about it, the more I am stunned by Joe Lieberman's announcement yesterday that he will petition to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for re-election to the Senate.

He will do this as a fail-safe, he says -- just in case he loses the Democratic primary to challenger Ned Lamont on Aug 8.

[...]

But there is something untoward -- something both cynical and sad -- about Joe Lieberman's insistence that he will hang on to his office no matter what.

For SOMETIMES politics is about more than office.

Sometimes politics is more than a game.

This nation has been though a number of great tests and trials. One set of tests has been about race and civil rights. The other has been about war and peace.

When we are talking about war, more is at stake than political careers.

This is not a politics-as-usual year.

We need to have a national debate in 2006.

We need the possibility of political change.

And for that we need political choice.

Ned Lamont is part of the choice and potential change.

To end the war and reverse Bush foreign and constitutional policy, we need not only a new Congress but a different sort of Congress.

Joe Lieberman's response is: "I like it here."

He doesn't even understand the conversation.

[...]

Democratic primary voters in this state hate the war. They want to vote for something else. They want choice and change.

Joe Lieberman and his party are at odds.

So how does Joe deal with that?

Well, his operatives say these Democrats are radical and extreme. And Joe says Democratic primary voters are not the majority of the state. He says, "I'm asking Democrats ... to consider my total record."

In other words: FORGET THE WAR. I NEED TO KEEP THIS JOB.

But we can't forget the war. The war is the issue.

Kids are dying for a mistake. Good soldiers are perishing for hubris. Our best young men and women have been abandoned by their government -- left to fight in Iraq without a way to win.

The war must define the Democratic Party this year because the Democratic Party is the alternative to the president.

Yesterday Lieberman said he was arranging to run as an independent because "I know there are no guarantees in elections." But running both inside and outside the party guarantees him a place on the ballot. And, many believe, re-election.

Who in life gets such guarantees?

Certainly not the soldiers on the ground in Iraq.

So Joe Lieberman, who sought to lead his party nationally, will not necessarily support the Democratic nominee for the Senate in Connecticut unless it is himself.

And Lamont? He says he WILL support the nominee, even if it is Joe.

But maybe what he ought to say is: I will petition for a place on the November ballot too. For Lamont's whole campaign is based on the premise that the war is the issue that rises above all others and unites all others this year. And why should the voters have to choose between two pro-war candidates in November?

Sometimes politics is more than a game.
Amen.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hillary Clinton: True Democrat

More bad news for Joe.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime supporter of Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Tuesday she will not back the Connecticut Democrat's bid for re-election if he loses their party's primary.

"I've known Joe Lieberman for more than 30 years. I have been pleased to support him in his campaign for re-election, and hope that he is our party's nominee," the former first lady said in a statement issued by aides.

"But I want to be clear that I will support the nominee chosen by Connecticut Democrats in their primary," the New York Democrat added. "I believe in the Democratic Party, and I believe we must honor the decisions made by Democratic primary voters."
Now that's a true Democrat (and she voted for the war). If only we can hear a similar statement like this from senior Senator in Connecticut...

The Kiss and the Boom Box parade


I'll do a full report on today's wonderful "Boom Box" parade later...for now, I just want to talk about that incredible "The Kiss" float. All I can say is "wow" because the float was a huge success with everyone at the parade (which couldn't of made DinoBoy and his Lieberyouth too happy). I swear thought I was at a rock concert with all the people cheering as the float made it's way down the street. I never saw Keith so happy than today as he tossed his infamous "The Kiss" buttons to everyone.

Many bloggers including Spazeboy, Maura, BrandfordBoy, Sufi, TrueBlueCT, Larkspur, and Jane "Speed Racer" Hamsher of Firedoglake made their way to Willimantic to show their support and walk along side the popular float. It seemed like everyone from the media was there also so I'm sure you'll be able to catch more highlights from today on the news (but you can get the unfiltered version of today's event, including my interview with the creator of the float, right here).
Here are a few photos of the float in action.


Spazeboy and Keith striking a pose.


That is one happy man!


Nice!


I guess the Lieberyouth didn't like the float. I guess they learned from the last time I took a photo of them...


...don't worry Lieberyouth, I have plenty of goofy pictures of you guys already. Thanks for all the memories!


Maura expresses her true feelings about Joe.


Joe, you really need to pick up your crap.


In Joe's world, Plan B is only good for him.

Here some video highlights of "The Kiss" float booming down the street.

Truly, today's parade was a wonderful time and worth the travel.


Luckily, I managed to get an interview with the creator of the float who goes by the name "dad" on My left Nutmeg. Lets just say that dad had some choice words for George Bush's favorite "cut and run" Democrat.

Exhausted

Ugh. This is not the way to feel on a holiday.

Just got back from the wild Boom Box parade in Willimantic and I think the heat got to me. I'll post my report later but for now, I'm going to lay down for awhile...I feel sick.

Lamont press conference

I'm off to the Forth of July Boom Box parade. Here's some video footage of Ned Lamont's press conference from yesterday.

Please donate to Ned's cause and help give Joe "cut and run" Lieberman the boot.

Monday, July 03, 2006

I told you so

The only thing my man got wrong was the date but as I'll show you, Joe Lieberman's bolting from the Democratic Party was not a surprise to many even as George Bush's favorite Democrat won the nomination.

This is Keith (the brainchild behind Dumpjoe.com) at the State Democratic Convention giving me some inside info on Joe Lieberman...now, pay close attention to Keith as he describes Joe's excuse will be when he decides to jump ship.

Read this quote from Joe today.
"I want the opportunity to put my case before all the people of Connecticut in November," Lieberman said.

Too good to be true. It's even better in video.

Just remember who told you first...

(Post was bumped to the top and updated with more video footage).

Meet Joe the arrogant

I'll let the video clip speak for itself.

The "Independent Democrat" Lie

Here's a great cross post from My Left Nutmeg. Seems like Joe can't get on the ticket as an independent Democrat.
Despite the BS he was flinging at his press conference, Joe Lieberman will not appear on the ballot as an "independent Democrat." The law (excerpted below the fold) says so.
Sec. 9-453u. (Formerly Sec. 9-378m). Reservation of party designation.

(a) An application to reserve a party designation with the Secretary of the State and to form a party designation committee may be made at any time after November 3, 1981, by filing in the office of the secretary a written statement signed by at least twenty-five electors who desire to be members of such committee.

(b) The statement shall include the offices for which candidates may petition for nomination under the party designation to be reserved but shall not include an office if no elector who has signed the application is entitled to vote at an election for such office.

(c) The statement shall include the party designation to be reserved which (1) shall consist of not more than three words and not more than twenty-five letters; (2) shall not incorporate the name of any major party; (3) shall not incorporate the name of any minor party which is entitled to nominate candidates for any office which will appear on the same ballot with any office included in the statement; (4) shall not be the same as any party designation for which a reservation with the secretary is currently in effect for any office included in the statement; and (5) shall not be the word "none", or incorporate the words "unaffiliated" or "unenrolled" or any similarly antonymous form of the words "affiliated" or "enrolled".

(d) The statement shall include the names of two persons who are authorized by the party designation committee to execute and file with the secretary statements of endorsement required by section 9-453o and certificates of nomination as required by section 9-460.

(e) The secretary shall examine the statement, and if it complies with the requirements of this section, the secretary shall reserve the party designation for the offices included in the statement and record such reservation in the office of the secretary. Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, the reservation shall continue in effect from the date it is recorded until the day following any regular election at which no candidate appears on the appropriate ballot for that office under that party designation.


More video coming soon

Donna Brazile and Bay Buchanan are commenting about the race now on CNN. Form what I heard from her right now, Brazile is a true Democrat while Buchanan is a true Liebercrat.

Did I just hear ConnecticutBLOG mentioned on CNN? Oh my!

UPDATE: Here's the video...

Oedipus Lieberman

"I have loyalties that are greater than those to my party."
Yeah, like loyality to your hubris...

Lieberman's "cut and run" announcement

Here's the video of Joe's "cut and run" speech from this morning.
For Joe, it's all about Joe.

Statement from Senator Dodd

Hot off the press.
"Senator Lieberman's decision is one that I'm sure he has not made lightly, and it reflects his commitment to continue to serve the people of our state in the United States Senate. That decision does not in any way change the fact that Joe Lieberman remains a candidate for the Democratic nomination. I continue to support his candidacy for the nomination, and continue to believe that he will be the Democratic nominee of our party."
Can't wait for Sentor Dodd's statement on August 9th...

Watch Joe cut and run; hear Lamont's campaign manager interview on AAR

Watch Joe as he brings true meaning to the term "cut and run." Unbelievable.

The response from the Lamont camp came quickly as campaign manager Tom Swan gave an interview regarding Joe "cut and run" Lieberman on Air America. You can hear part of the interview here (sorry, I didn't get the entire interview but things are happening so fast that it's hard to keep up. I'm sure I'll have it all later).

New theme from Lieberman camp

I'm a JFK Democrat.

You'll hear that theme more over the coming days...

Chris Dodd will NOT support the winner of the primary

And I thought this was going to be a relaxing day off.

Got an answer from Chris Dodd's office.
I called Chris Dodd's office a few minutes ago.

The woman who answered the phone said that Dodd still supports Lieberman and will not pledge to support the winner of the Democratic primary.

She said that if Lieberman loses the primary, Senator Dodd will decide then. For now, he will NOT pledge to support the winner of the Democratic primary.

Thanks to Joe Lieberman for tearing the party apart to support his own selfish self-interests rather than respecting the democratic process.

Keep calling...

JOE JUMPS SHIP

Joe "cut and run" Lieberman announced today that he'll won't accept the outcome of the August primary if he loses and decides to start collecting signatures for a independent run in November.
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is to announce today he will petition for a place on the November ballot as an "independent Democrat," giving him a chance to stay alive politically should he lose an Aug. 8 primary for the Democratic nomination.

Lieberman, 64, a three-term senator whose outspoken support of the war in Iraq has brought months of grief and inspired a strong primary challenge from Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, intends to announce his decision this afternoon at the State Capitol.
Sneeky for Joe to pull this off during a holiday weekend huh?
Now, more than ever, we should demand where our Democratic leaders in the state stand in regards to Joe jumping ship. Why should ANY Democrat support or vote for a candidate that thinks he is more important than the will of the Democratic voters who will vote in the primary?

BTW: What the hell is an independent Democrat anyway?

UPDATE: Lieberman speaks...
"I've been a proud, loyal and progressive Democrat since John F. Kennedy inspired my generation of Americans into public service and I will stay a Democrat, whether I am the Democratic party's nominee or a petitioning Democratic candidate on the November ballot," Lieberman said.

[...]

Lieberman was accompanied at the brief press conference today by his wife, Hadassah. Reporters were still shouting questions as he got into his car and left the Capitol grounds.
Too scared to answer a question...

Lieberman booed in Bridgeport

You know times are bad when a Senator Lieberman gets booed while the mayor (an admitted cocaine user) receives a warm reception.
Midway through the Barnum Festival's Great Street Parade Sunday, Mayor John M. Fabrizi broke free from a steady stream of outstretched handshakes.

"Hey, I'm going to get blamed for holding up the parade," Fabrizi apologized, pressing forward.

Applause, broken only by sporadic gaps in the 1-mile parade route, along with shouts of "Yea, John," made the mayor's day.

[...]

Also walking at Democrat Fabrizi's side was U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.

[...]

The only negative shouts seemed directed at Lieberman, who is facing a primary challenge from Ned Lamont of Greenwich.

"Hey, look at that, a Democrat walking with a Republican," came one shout to Lieberman.

"How's the president," shouted another parade watcher, giving Lieberman a thumbs-down sign.
Oh my.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

New Lamont "Signs of Change" ad released

The Lamont campaign released a new ad today that describes how Joe Lieberman was the only New England Senator to support the Bush-Cheney energy bill. It also tackles a number of other issue such as Lieberman and his failure to address universal health care and the failure to properly defend social security.
"Senator Lieberman presents an image of himself that is truly at odds with his voting record," said Lamont Campaign Manager Tom Swan. "This reminds voters that Lieberman has helped kill universal health care, he's voted for many trade agreements that hurt the environment and American jobs, and he's been open to and has even supported privatizing social security."

Come and see "the Kiss" float at Forth of July parade

Oh, this is going to be fun! Many of the state's brightest bloggers will be walking alongside "The Kiss" float at the Forth of July "Boom Box" parade in Willimantic. Ned Lamont will also be attendance and it's sure to be a great time.

Here are the details on the festivities. Come on down and enjoy the show!

Date: July 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Jillson Square, Willimantic, CT

FYI: Here are some photos of part of the float courtesy of My Left Nutmeg




The war's effect on Connecticut politics

From the Nedheads archives, here's a video clip from the Jim Lehrer show "The Newshour" which centers around Connecticut, the 2006 election, and the impact the Iraq war will have on the various races in the state.

If anyone from outside the state want to know what people in Connecticut are thinking, this news segment will give you a clue (and might explain why Joe Lieberman is thinking about running as an indy).

Enjoy.

Submit your questions!

With the Senate debate around the corner, WVIT is accepting questions from the public. Go to their website and submit a question for Joe Lieberman or Ned Lamont.

You never know, your question might be used at the debate...you know I have a few questions for Lieberman (Lamont has answered all of my questions).

Disgraced governor grilled by Danbury resident; paid for speech

As readers of this blog know, I have no sympathy for former governor John Rowland. Simply put, he ripped the state off and brought shame to Connecticut when all he had to do was resign when the exposure of his shameful acts became public. I still believe that Rowland should still be in prison for his crimes (how he is out while Ernest Newton is serving five years I'll never understand) and since he's a free man, I think people should rip into him whenever he makes an appearance.

Thankfully, a person from my city feels the same way.
In his first major speech since leaving prison, former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland lectured students Saturday on a topic he knows well: the corrupting nature of power.

Rowland's speech before several hundred teenagers at the World Scholar-Athlete Games fell on the second anniversary of his resignation from office. He served 10 months at a federal prison camp before his release in February.

[...]

At times, Rowland's speech Saturday seemed like a muted campaign rally, though Rowland said his political days are done. He opened by surveying the young audience for Connecticut residents, drew cheers by plugging the state university's basketball team, then shook hands and signed autographs afterward.

Not everyone was enthralled.

"How could you sleep at night knowing that my tax dollars were going to things my tax dollars weren't supposed to go for?" Suzanne Najman, 37, of Danbury, Conn, asked during a question and answer period.

Rowland gave a meandering response and Najman asked the question again.

"I didn't sleep well at all," he finally said.
Should I care about how well Rowland slept when he ripped us all off? And by the way, why is Rowland getting paid for speeches?
Daniel Doyle Jr., the executive director of the World Scholar-Athlete Games, met Rowland in a gym before he went to jail and paid the former governor for his speech. Neither Doyle nor Rowland would say how much.

Both Doyle and Rowland live in West Hartford.

The speaking fee rankled some of Rowland's longtime critics in Connecticut. Rep. Mike Lawlor, D-East Haven, said he questioned what sort of message Doyle gave the students by paying Rowland.

"Lesson number one is,'Do all these bad things, and people like me will give you money'," Lawlor said in a telephone interview. "He is paying money to a guy who basically cost the taxpayers of the state of Connecticut tens of millions of dollars through his own public corruption."
Good grief! So now he's getting paid for speaking in public? What a slap in the face to all the taxpayers of Connecticut.