An email from DCCC Political Director Karin Johansen just popped up in my inbox, mentioning several races that they're keeping an especially close eye on. It mentions Duckworth and Bean in IL, Busby in CA, Hostettler in IN, and all three CT races.
Connecticut: Farrell, Murphy, Courtney. As the Republican Party has lurched further and further to the right, deeper and deeper into the culture of corruption, Connecticut Republicans have been left out on a limb as they try to play moderate back home while staying in the good graces of their party bosses like President Bush and Tom DeLay. This year, three proud Democrats will make sure they don't get away with it again.
CT-02: Joe Courtney. Democrat Joe Courtney is taking on Republican rubber stamp Rob Simmons. Rob Simmons is always in danger, and the only thing that has saved him has been big dollars from Tom DeLay and friends -- but this time Tom DeLay may not be so much help. And in one of the most Democratic seats held by a Republicans, Simmons' attacks on John Murtha may not go over so well.
CT-04: Diane Farrell. Diane Farrell, a leader in an amazing crop of Democratic women running for Congress this year, is hoping to finish what she started last cycle when she came within inches of beating Republican faux-moderate Chris Shays. Shays has been a complete loyalist to the White House on Iraq, being trotted out any time they need a so-called "moderate" to parrot talking points like "[Al Qaeda] and Iraq, they're like peas in a pod." Now Diane has challenged him to a debate on Iraq, and surprise, he refuses -- then goes and writes another op-ed defending the White House in a conservative newspaper.
CT-05: Chris Murphy. One of the most dynamic and effective Democrats around, Chris Murphy, is running an outstanding campaign that has put the Republicans on their heels. Republican Nancy Johnson is knee-deep in money from big drug and insurance lobbies, which is not surprising since she was the primary architect of the Republican Medicare bill that's left seniors baffled and without their prescriptions and left those lobbies richer than even they ever dreamed. Murphy's fierce campaigning may mean that seniors have one less Republican to sell them out come November.
November will be a very interesting time to be a Democrat in Connecticut.