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Rough Start for Big Name in Conn. Senate Race
The New York Times ^ | 4/15/10 | David M. Halbfinger

Posted on 04/15/2010 2:05:21 PM PDT by moose2004

HARTFORD — Richard Blumenthal’s campaign for the Senate was supposed to be a glide. Nothing and no one could stop him.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blumenthal; mcmahon; schiff; simmons
Looks like we might have "Martha Coakley II" in Connecticut, great news for Rob Simmons, or Linda McMahon or Peter Schiff.
1 posted on 04/15/2010 2:05:21 PM PDT by moose2004
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To: moose2004
The state is hugely broke due to unfunded liabilities for pensions. 175,000 current and retired govt and muni workers and 3 million residents = potentially $51 to 81 billion in unfunded liabilities. Where was Blumenthal when this MASSIVE fraud was occurring in state and local govt?
2 posted on 04/15/2010 2:09:32 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Frantzie
Where was Blumenthal when this MASSIVE fraud was occurring in state and local govt?

In Greenwich....New Canaan...Darien...sipping a fine brandy.

3 posted on 04/15/2010 2:12:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

LOL! I mentioned in my post but was not clear. I read about this on National Review. CT may have $51 to 81 billion in unfunded liabilities (golden retirement packages for state and local govt workers).

How are 3 million residents going to pay that off?

I guess it is paltry compared to CA probably $500 billion but CA has 30 to 40 million residents??? Many are leaving.


4 posted on 04/15/2010 2:16:12 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: Frantzie

I hope the Repubs make a big deal about those CT unfunded mandates, plus focus on Blumenthal’s longtime relationships with Chris Dodd and the banking and insurance industries in the Nutmeg State.


5 posted on 04/15/2010 2:17:33 PM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: nutmeg; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; campaignPete R-CT; BillyBoy; Impy; darkangel82

*ping*


6 posted on 04/15/2010 2:18:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“In Greenwich....New Canaan...Darien...sipping a fine brandy.”

LOL!


7 posted on 04/15/2010 2:18:49 PM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Blumenthal always struck me as a Westport kind of guy, but I’m sure he spent many an evening sipping spirits with the hedge fund nouveau riches that have conquered Greenwich over the past 15 or so years.


8 posted on 04/15/2010 2:23:08 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Frantzie
How are 3 million residents going to pay that off?

Easy! Just soak the rich! ;-)

9 posted on 04/15/2010 2:23:22 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: moose2004

The freaking hedge funds who got rich shorting and manipulating stocks - many of them HQ’ed in Greenwich, CT. Where were the inevstigations Blumenthal?

The article says Blumenthal sucks in debates. Peter Schiff (R) would rip him to shreds. Schiff’s web videos and speeches are entertaining and he knows his stuff.

Vince McMahon’s wife sounds like a bull dog too.


10 posted on 04/15/2010 2:28:24 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
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To: moose2004
Asked if he would have voted in 2008 for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, he dodged several times by saying he would have tried to amend it, then turned to an aide and said, “Have I taken a position on this?” (Three hours later, he sent word that he would have voted against it.)

(snip) And in the debate, when asked about normalizing relations with Cuba, he said he would consult Connecticut’s “Latino people, of Latino heritage, to learn what our policy should be.”

Reminded of that, he said on Thursday: “The honest answer is I hadn’t thought about it. And I was the first one to take the question. If he’d been the first one to take the question, I would’ve had a different answer.”

"I have no idea where or why I stand on issues. I just want to be a US Senator (D)"

11 posted on 04/15/2010 2:32:49 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; nutmeg; neverdem; GOPsterinMA; perfect_rovian_storm; yongin

Here’s an excerpt:

“But signs of trouble have quickly emerged.

Mr. Blumenthal flopped in his first televised debate against an obscure primary opponent, and he is ruling out any possibility of a rematch.

He appears almost incapable of offering concise answers to even the most predictable questions, like why he is running for the Senate.”

Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed.


12 posted on 04/15/2010 2:33:52 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clemenza

I’m willing to bet he’s never set foot in places like Vernon, Willimantic or Enfield. Far too pedestrian for his type.


13 posted on 04/15/2010 2:51:50 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Frantzie

Couldn’t even pay me to vote for Blumenthal or McMahon.


14 posted on 04/15/2010 4:55:42 PM PDT by surroundedinCT
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; RaceBannon; scoopscandal; 2Trievers; LoneGOPinCT; Rodney King; ...
Interesting excerpt:

...signs of trouble have quickly emerged.

Mr. Blumenthal flopped in his first televised debate against an obscure primary opponent, and he is ruling out any possibility of a rematch.

He appears almost incapable of offering concise answers to even the most predictable questions, like why he is running for the Senate.

And his reliance on prosecutorial parlance and legal arcana has raised unflattering comparisons to another attorney general in a Senate race who seemed a sure winner only to lose in spectacular fashion. Some Democrats are calling him “Martha Coakley in pants,” referring to the candidate who lost the Massachusetts Senate election in January.

Thank you for the heads up on this one, fieldmarshaldj and Clintonfatigued.

15 posted on 04/15/2010 9:58:23 PM PDT by nutmeg (Bart Stupak: Judas, Neville Chamberlain or Benedict Arnold? All of the above, and Good Riddance!)
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To: moose2004
Richard Blumenthal is a poor but inevitable choice to replace the corrupt Chris Dood as Connecticut's senator.

Blumenthal has zero charisma and it's hardly a secret that his endless lawsuits against businesses have hurt the state financially by driving off employers, including, most recently, Marlin firearms and Pratt & Whitney. The New York Times piece clearly shows that the Attorney General is hardly ready for prime (political) time. He's not much of a campaigner and like the late Teddy Kennedy during his infamous 1979 TV interview with Roger Mudd, can't articulate why he wants to hold the office he's seeking, which should be the very first thing any candidate has down cold before starting a political campaign. That's lame.

The New York Times article emphasizes Blumenthal's popularity among those he's perceived to have helped in some way but that won't get him enough votes to win the election, even in small, dark blue Connecticut (my home state). There is a distinct anti-incumbent, anti-politician mood in the nation and even though Blumenthal was supposed to be a shoo-in to replace the corrupt Christ Dodd, even the hard-left New York Times sees trouble ahead for Dick Blumenthal,and that is telling. The Republican that opposes Blumenthal in the race should rhetorically handcuff him to Chris Dodd and challenge Blumenthal to as many debates as possible; every week, if necessary. Blumenthal can't hold up under pressure because he hasn't had any for years. He's run the Attorney General's office like the fiefdom it is and has been given nothing but air kisses by the leftist, compliant Connecticut media (with the notable exception of the excellent Waterbury Republican-American newspaper).

The days of arrogant liberal hacks like Dick Blumenthal being handed high public office because they have the 'right' party affiliation is drawing to a close, thanks to the national disgust with the current administration and congress. November 2nd, could be a 'two-fer' for Republicans in Connecticut. We get rid of the business-hating Blumenthal and we get a Republican senator to replace the odious Chris Dodd.

16 posted on 04/16/2010 7:15:22 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; nutmeg

Interesting. He hasn’t had a real race in a long time. He’s rusty.


17 posted on 04/16/2010 4:46:26 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: moose2004

All it takes is effort. Just start calling him Martha Coakley in Pants. Throw them off. This is the same kind of thing the Dems did in Mass. They put forth a candidate that is popular only because the people are not familiar with their flaws. I hope a real fighter wins the primary. I hope Peter Schiff wins.


18 posted on 04/20/2010 5:29:26 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: Jim Scott
The days of arrogant liberal hacks like Dick Blumenthal being handed high public office because they have the 'right' party affiliation is drawing to a close, thanks to the national disgust with the current administration and congress.

Thank You Jim...

I have been saying for eons (the only other one saying it Laura Ingraham) that is yuppie poor imitation of Thurston Howell the 3rd is ripe for a fall and that he is not the heir to be and is not invincible.

19 posted on 04/20/2010 5:35:20 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: Maelstorm

Schiff is great, I also like Linda McMahon (pledged to spend $50 million of her own money to win) and, to a lesser extent, Rob Simmons. Blumenthal has to be one of the most boring robotic politicians I’ve ever seen, I think he’s definitely vulnerable if he’s pitted against a charismatic outgoing opponent.


20 posted on 04/21/2010 7:01:13 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: Frantzie

>>Where was Blumenthal when this MASSIVE fraud was occurring in state and local govt?

Too busy going after local businesses and making sure the business climate in the state approached Castro-level intimidation.


21 posted on 04/21/2010 7:03:57 AM PDT by Betis70 (Go Bruins!)
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To: Clemenza

He lives in Greenwich, though I agree he does seem more of a Westport sort.


22 posted on 04/21/2010 7:09:10 AM PDT by Betis70 (Go Bruins!)
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To: Betis70

Boy you “ain’t” kidding. Massive public union workers corruption but Blumenthal will put some kid in jail for a lemonade stand. “Castro-level intimidation” is so accurate.

It reminds me a little of the Howard Hughes movie where Leonardo DiCaprio played Hughes. He is visiting CT to meet Kate Hepburn’s family. They are a bunch of rich marxists who are condescending towards Hughes because he is an engineer who actually built things. They just could not comprehend what he did for a living.

Hughes was a bit kooky but that was probably due to plane accidents, pain killer drugs, possibly social diseases etc. The man did build incredible things including medical research companies, satellites and the list goes on and on.

Hepburn’s family are condescending and repulsive socialist WASPs. I was pretty amazed at Martin Scrosese and Leanardo’s depiction of her family because they are not conservatives. The film was only so so but that scene was amazing.


23 posted on 04/21/2010 7:49:37 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I would love to see Blumie debate Peter Schiff. Schiff is a great public speaker, smart as a whip and he is funny.

Blumenthal is like creepy Spitzer - good at being a thug at a podium in using the state to attack businesses and the little people.


24 posted on 04/21/2010 7:56:52 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: moose2004

I think he is venerable. McMahon and Schiff both oppose public funding for abortion but it is unfortunate that a real conservative isn’t running. Why do we return to the same model to win the NE when there is clearly and opening for something new? I like Schiff because regardless of the other issues he is someone we can trust and he is articulate and understands capitalism and doesn’t just weakly acknowledge it but defends it and the free market vociferously. We need more of that.


25 posted on 04/21/2010 8:04:33 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some want to enslave your body others your soul.)
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To: Frantzie
The freaking hedge funds who got rich shorting and manipulating stocks - many of them HQ’ed in Greenwich, CT. Where were the inevstigations Blumenthal?

Wasn't Madoff based in Connecticut -- Greenwich or some such?

26 posted on 04/21/2010 8:11:22 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Frantzie

>>Blumenthal will put some kid in jail for a lemonade stand

So true!

“We will vigorously oppose any non-permitted lemonade stands. Such businesses endanger the health and well-being of CT residents, including the young proprietor in question. The Division of Family Services have been notified and are investigating criminal malfeasance by the child’s parental units.”

Meanwhile the Dept of Revenue Services loses a laptop on Long Island with 106K residents’ information, and Blumie runs deep and silent on the issue. Mum is the word when gov unions are involved.


27 posted on 04/21/2010 8:20:56 AM PDT by Betis70 (Go Bruins!)
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To: okie01

Madoff was in NYC but one of his feeder buddies was in Greenwich. Feeder funds were companies that looked for investors and set up their own fund and Madoff would “manage” the money. They were promoters or middlemen.

There may have been a few in Greenwich but the Fairfield Greenwich Group run by Walter Noel a native of Nashville (?!). At one point they claimed to have $16 billion under management whihc is huge. In 2008 it was $14 billion. The Noel had these society daughters who married guys around the world who were connected and helped raise money.

The NY Post would have pics of the daughters. The daughters went to the best universities. Well today you would not want to be in the Noel clan.

The big joke is between Bernie in NYC and Greenwich was New City, NY where Madoff’s one man CPA worked out of a strip shopping center and he was never there. No one in Greenwich ever thought of jumping in the Range Rover and driving a few miles to New City. No one wanted to know the truth.


28 posted on 04/21/2010 8:28:35 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: Frantzie
No one wanted to know the truth.

What an insightful summary!

29 posted on 04/21/2010 8:32:46 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01

Thanks. The truth would end the gravy train. Eventually it ended.


30 posted on 04/21/2010 8:51:44 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain & Graham = La Raza's favorite Senators)
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To: Frantzie
That's the thing about gravy trains. When they're brought to a sudden stop, they make a helluva mess...
31 posted on 04/21/2010 9:04:38 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: moose2004

Rumor I heard today is Simmons is going to drop out in favor of McMahon. In return, the establishment GOP will support him in an attempt to regain the second district U.S. House seat he lost in 2006.

This is a big screw you to the grass roots if true.

Simmons has a 53% lifetime American Conservative Union rating. He’s worthless on everything but defense.


32 posted on 04/22/2010 6:17:37 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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