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  • The Connecticut-Country-Club Crackup

    09/24/2010 6:45:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | MATT BAI
    You could spend your life around political campaigns and never see a celebration quite like the one Linda McMahon held last month after Connecticut Republicans made her their Senate candidate in a three-way primary. McMahon is the fabulously wealthy founder (along with her high-school sweetheart and husband, Vince) of World Wrestling Entertainment, a company the McMahons transformed into a sort of Disney for the age of postindustrial American... --snip-- As recently as 1982, Democrats in Connecticut made up 40 percent of the electorate, with Republicans making up about 27 percent and unaffiliated voters another third. By 2010, Democrats actually slipped...
  • Obama To Connecticut: This Election Should Be A No Brainer

    09/17/2010 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies ^ | September 17, 2010 | Biggirl
    Well, it is, just not how the President imagines it. Obama campaigned in Connecticut last night to raise funds from Connecticut’s “wealthy” for Democrat candidate Dick Blumenthal. With a 70% like-ability factor in the state, it should be a layup but its not. But a “no brainer” it is.
  • Connecticut Senate: A Slow, Steady Move to Toss Up [Charlie Cook says race tossup]

    09/16/2010 12:17:28 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 11 replies
    COok ^ | 9/16/2010 | Cook
    Connecticut Senate: A Slow, Steady Move to Toss Up September 16, 2010 The contest between Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has been gradually closing over the past few months, and is now in single digits, according to some polls. A Quinnipiac University poll (September 8-12 of 875 likely voters) gave Blumenthal a six-point lead over McMahon, 51 percent to 45 percent. They were statistically tied among independents, with Blumenthal taking 47 percent to 46 percent for McMahon, and among men where McMahon had a one-point advantage, 48 percent to 47 percent. Blumenthal...
  • Obama to Conn. for Blumenthal

    09/15/2010 11:03:39 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies ^ | 09/16/2010 | Maggie Haberman
    I reported two weeks ago that President Barack Obama would be heading to Connecticut for an intimate DNC dinner of about 50 people at $30,400 a head, and now the White House has announced that Obama will also be stumping for U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal while he's there. A source tells me the event will be Sept. 16, the same day as the DNC fundraiser, at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Conn. The DNC event is at a private home in nearby Greenwich. Blumenthal said in a statement, "His visit will make a difference for us, energizing our supporters...
  • Obama To "Help" Blumenthal In Connecticut

    09/04/2010 2:09:50 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 10 replies ^ | 09/04/10 | CaroleL
    While many Democratic candidates are finding reasons not to be in the same city with President Barack Obama let alone on the same stage, Connecticut Attorney General and US Senate Candidate Richard Blumenthal is just desperate enough to accept the president's brand of toxic help. Mr. Obama will travel to the Nutmeg State on September 16 to campaign with Mr. Blumenthal before attending a DNC fundraiser. Considering Mr. Blumenthal's lead over Republican Linda McMahon has plummeted from a robust 30 points earlier this year to a much slimmer 7 point margin, can the Obama Curse make things any worse?
  • McMahon steps up pace in Connecticut race - Republican makes gains on her rival

    08/27/2010 3:48:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2010 | Kara Rowland
    Connecticut's off-again, on-again Senate race has bedeviled prognosticators, but Republican nominee Linda McMahon has now firmly forced the seat back into the competitive column by making it a referendum on the character of Democratic rival and longtime state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Mrs. McMahon has whittled down what had once seemed like an insurmountable 40 percentage-point deficit to 10 points by questioning Mr. Blumenthal's credibility on his military service and now on his campaign finances. The Blumenthal camp insists the Democrat's 20-year record of going after tobacco firms and pharmaceutical companies will win over voters in the end. It's still...
  • Blumenthal Losing Ground And Credibility In Connecticut

    08/20/2010 11:11:03 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 9 replies ^ | 08/20/10 | CaroleL
    On January 7, the day after he entered the US Senate race, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) proudly stated, "I've never taken PAC money, and I have rejected all special interest money." Now that he has accepted almost half a million dollars from Political Action Committees and special interest groups, his Republican opponent Linda McMahon has released a new ad asking, "How can he fight special interests if they're paying for his campaign?"
  • Connecticut is ready to rumble

    08/15/2010 3:27:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 15, 2010 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    Of this season’s crazy, contentious, wide-open Senate races — in Ohio, Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada — none is as wild as what’s going on in Connecticut. In one corner: Democrat Richard Blumenthal, 64, state attorney general since 1991 and favored to win, up by over 40 points in the polls until this spring, when he was caught lying about having served in Vietnam. In the opposing corner: Republican Linda McMahon, 61, until last fall the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), billionaire and political neophyte. Since spending $22 million of her fortune, McMahon beat out GOP contenders Peter Schiff (campaign...
  • Blumenthal slipping in 1st poll after primaries (CT Senate seat)

    08/14/2010 4:44:01 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 14 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | August 14, 2010 | Register Staff
    Blumenthal has slipped below the 50 percent mark of support against Republican Linda McMahon in the state’s U.S. Senate race. Blumenthal, the state’s longtime attorney general, picks up 47 percent of the vote, while McMahon earns 40 percent. Five percent prefer some other candidate, and 7 percent remain undecided. Support for McMahon is unchanged from last month, despite her GOP primary win Tuesday. Blumenthal’s support is down 6 points since last month. In June, Blumenthal held a 56 percent to 33 percent lead over McMahon, the former head of Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment.
  • The Transformation of the American Conservative Movement into Fascism [mega barf]

    08/13/2010 12:27:36 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 71 replies · 2+ views
    Veterans Today ^ | 10 Aug 2010 | Posted by Michael Leon
    Editor’s Note: The following is the new epilogue from Max Blumenthal’s book, Republican Gomorrah, now out in paperback (Basic/Nation Books, 2009). I am not sure when I first detected the noxious fumes that would envelop the conservative movement in the Obama era. It might have been early on, in April 2009, when I visited a series of gun shows in rural California and Nevada. Perusing tables piled high with high-caliber semi-automatic weapons and chatting with anyone in my vicinity, I heard urgent warnings of mass roundups, concentration camps, and a socialist government in Washington. “These people that are purchasing these...
  • Connecticut Senate Race Is Heating Up

    08/04/2010 9:24:08 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 14 replies ^ | 08/04/10 | CaroleL
    If you thought the Connecticut senate race was all over when the flack over state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) target="_blank">lying about his military service died down, think again. According to the latest poll, Republican Linda McMahon is just 10 points behind Mr. Blumenthal (50% - 40%) and while that may seem like a pretty substantial lead for the Democrat, it has shrunk by 9 points in just 3 weeks.
  • Rob Simmons (Connecticut, GOP) Jumping Back In Senate Race?

    07/16/2010 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | 7/14/2010 | Rick Green
    The former CIA operative and member of the House of Representatives tells me it's looking more and more like he will revive his dormant campaign for Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. "I haven't made any final decisions,'' Simmons told me Wednesday afternoon. "I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people. Six weeks ago the convention was over and I was very disappointed. My staff was despondent. My family was stunned." "I've been sitting on it now. People do come up to me say gosh I wish you were still in." Simmons has $1 million in the bank. He says he's...
  • Blumenthal says legal action against health care act may financially harm the state’s taxpayers (CT)

    06/20/2010 6:54:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Redding Pilot ^ | 6/20/10
    Blumenthal says legal action against health care act may financially harm the state’s taxpayersSunday, 20 June 2010 17:26 Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, “after extensive legal research and careful balancing of the costs and potential benefits to Connecticut,” concludes that a lawsuit challenging the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would have virtually no chance of success — and may actually harm state taxpayers. In a response to a request by State Senate Republicans, Mr. Blumenthal noted that Gov. M. Jodi Rell has not requested such legal action — and is actually seeking federal approval to transfer 45,000 current recipients...
  • Blumenthal Comments Stir New Questions on Military Service

    06/17/2010 8:42:50 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 31 replies · 1,245+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/17/2010
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sat down with a reporter for a local news outlet this week in an effort to move beyond an issue that has bedeviled his Senate campaign: his claims about his military service during the Vietnam War. But the interview, with The Connecticut Mirror, a news Web site, raised more questions about that chapter in his life, as Mr. Blumenthal offered a version of events that was sometimes at odds with historians’ accounts of the period. At one point in the interview, Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat, said he joined the Marine Corps Reserve...
  • Judge Cuts Award To Woman Sued By Blumenthal

    06/12/2010 6:05:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 504+ views ^ | June 12, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    This was just about the ugliest case I can think of from an AG. Well other than suing the Big East and cereal boxes. Here’s the background first … and a Hat Tip to Rick. I actually read Facebook this morning. Heh! First let me say this is exactly what an AG should be doing, legal counsel for the state and its agencies, not suing cereal boxes and phone companies. That however does not make this suit right, or does it?
  • Blumenthal co-worker accuses boss of lying

    06/09/2010 7:56:46 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 4 replies · 18+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 09, 2010 | Ed Stannard
    An assistant attorney general in Richard Blumenthal’s office has gone public against his boss, sending a letter to state news media that claims Blumenthal lied to him in 1991 about having served in Vietnam . . . Hine said he has had little direct contact with Blumenthal, but that a superior once told him to take a legal position he didn’t agree with because it was politically motivated. Hine said he told his colleague to “have (Blumenthal) come here and stand at attention. Majors don’t take orders from sergeants, and lawyers don’t take orders from politicians."
  • (Rasmussen) Connecticut Senate: Blumenthal 56%, McMahon 33%

    06/03/2010 1:18:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies · 876+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 3, 2010 | Staff
    Democrat Richard Blumenthal apparently has weathered charges that he exaggerated his military service in Vietnam for years and is running as strongly as ever against both his Republican challengers in Connecticut’s race for the U.S. Senate. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut finds Blumenthal with 56% support versus 33% for Linda McMahon, the officially endorsed GOP candidate. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. McMahon has come under criticism recently as people have focused on her role in World Wresting Entertainment, a corporation that one conservative pundit compares to...
  • Democratic Senate Candidate Dick Blumenthal's First Ads Since Vietnam Service Scandal (Videos)

    06/01/2010 4:42:33 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 3 replies · 146+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 6/1/10 | HAP
    "Richard Blumenthal for us, worked a miracle"...2 new ads from Democrat Dick Blumenthal that doesn't even mention his opponent. These are the first ads since deliberately lying about his Vietnam service record..
  • Rasmussen vs. Quinnipiac – Blumenthal vs. McMahon

    05/27/2010 1:24:39 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies · 640+ views ^ | May 27,2010 | Steve McGough
    Hold on here a second. Will someone in the media please take a look at the polling methodology between the Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls concerning the US Senate race in Connecticut? Why are the results so different? The Rassmussen poll was taken on May 18 and asked questions of 500 likely voters. The Quinnipiac poll was taken on May 24 and 25 and asked questions of 1159 registered voters. So we’re talking about a six to seven day gap, and the results are that different? The Rassmussen poll was a statistical dead heat with Blumenthal leading a direct race with...
  • Biden Jokes About Blumenthal's Military Service Misstatements

    05/26/2010 12:09:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies · 523+ views ^ | May 26,2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday took an unexpected dig at Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal for misstating his military service record. While speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he commented about veterans coming home from the Vietnam War. Biden, who has a penchant for being loquacious, veered into the Connecticut Senate race.