Although Bill Clinton is coming to campaign Tuesday night, and both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are expected to make stops in Connecticut before November, Republicans in the Nutmeg State feel "cautiously optimistic" that they will not only take the governorship that narrowly eluded them in 2010 but win other key offices as well.
Healy and others feel that a big win by Foley could be accompanied by their party's capture of other offices that eluded them and thus give the state GOP a much-needed "bench" for future elections. With governor and lieutenant governor elected as a team, a Foley win would give the state's second-highest office to former Groton Mayor Heather Summers.
In addition, there is a growing enthusiasm among Republicans over their nominee for state treasurer, Trumbull First Selectman Timothy Herbst. Known as the "Richard Nixon of Connecticut" for his hard-hitting campaign, Herbst, 31, is now considered to have the best chance of winning a lower statewide office by unseating four-term Democratic incumbent Denise Nappier.
Republicans also believe they are at least even money to unseat Democratic U.S. House Members in the 4th and 5th Districts and to win the four seats necessary to take control of the state senate (which Democrats now control with 22 seats to 14 for the GOP).
Remember this nonsense after the general election in November...
Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto, the Mansfield Democrat and teacher union supporter who was petitioning to get himself on the ballot for governor and was thought likely to drain votes from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Democratic nominee, failed to submit the necessary 7,500 valid signatures, Connecticut's secretary of the state's office announced today.
The secretary's office said Pelto had submitted only 4,318 valid signatures.
Today, Jon Pelto issued the following statement regarding his failed attempt to get on the ballot for governor.
"We are, of course, deeply disappointed that we were unable to collect a sufficient number of signatures to qualify as 3rd party candidates for governor and lt. governor. While we failed to achieve that critical goal, we're hopeful that our effort has and will continue to spur a more serious discussion about the critically important issues facing Connecticut.
I want to especially thank Ebony Murphy for agreeing to serves as my running-mate, the hundreds of people who helped collect signatures and the thousands of people who signed our petition. We are also especially grateful to those who provided the campaign with their financial support.
I apologize to all of our supporters for our inability to get onto the ballot, but want to assure them and the citizens of Connecticut that we will continue to stand up and speak out about the problems facing our state and our society and the solutions that will be necessary to ensure a better future of our of our state's residents.
The petitioning process was an eye opening one. While requiring candidates to collect 7,500 signatures to qualify for a position on the gubernatorial ballot continues to seem like a reasonable number, the primitive and burdensome laws and archaic system clearly serves as an unfair barrier to those who believe our democratic system would be better served if voters had more choices when they go to vote.
In the coming months we'll seek to partner with other 3rd parties, their supporters and those who believe in a more open and democratic process so that we can develop and advocate for a legislative package that will reduce the unfair aspects of the petitioning process and create a more open, democratic system of campaigns and elections.
I also want to offer a special thank you to Connecticut's reporters and media for providing us with fair and extensive coverage of our campaign.
Finally, a special word of congratulations goes out to Joe Visconti, the other 3rd party candidate, who, along with his team of supporters, did a remarkable job collecting the signatures necessary to get on the ballot. Joe has shown that the People can challenge the incumbency parties and, shake up the establishment. I wish him continued success as he speaks out on the issues he is so passionate about."
I'll give my take on Pelto's faield attempt to get on the ballot later.
Today, responding to the announcement that President Clinton will make an appearance in Connecticut next week, the CTGOP/Teabag Party issued the following press release...I'm not kidding, they really released this statement.
"We understand that Governor Malloy needs to raise money because he is behind in his race for re-election, but bringing former President Clinton here is a risky move. President Clinton insulted his wife and the American people by having an extramarital affair with a very young intern. This affair was conducted at least partly in the Oval Office when the president was supposed to be on the job serving the American people.
"We'd like to know if by bringing president Clinton here, Governor Malloy is condoning the president's behavior in office."
The Norwich Bulletin newspaper is hosting the first gubernatorial debate tonight between Dannel "Dan" Malloy and Tom Foley.
On behalf of the more than 100,000 active and retired teachers, their families and public education advocates, I am publicly requesting that the following question be asked;
Governor Malloy: You are the only Democratic governor in the United States who has proposed doing away with teacher tenure and repealing collective bargaining for teachers in the lowest performing (the so-called turnaround schools), will you use this opportunity to renounce your 2012 tenure proposal and can you tell us exactly what your position is on teacher tenure and collective bargaining?
Mr. Foley: Governor Malloy earned the wrath of teachers and public school advocates when he proposed doing away with teacher tenure and repealing collective bargaining for teachers in the lowest performing schools. Can you tell us whether you would have supported or opposed Governor Malloy's proposal and what you would do on these two issues if you are elected governor?
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- A new law that will allow people here illegally to get a Connecticut driver's license is already controversial.
But News 8 has learned that the 'roll out' of the first phase of the new program has been postponed until after the election.
'I certainly had nothing to do with the delay," said Governor Malloy. "No one in your office, your chief of staff, anyone?" asked Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis. "You know...not that I know of," said the governor.
But a highly reliable government source tells News 8 that the delay of the roll out of the immigrant driver's license program was done because someone in the Malloy administration did not want the adverse publicity that might occur during the campaign.
If anyone believes Gov. Malloy's suggestion that he or anyone in his adminstration had nothing to do with the delay in this important program for tens of thousands of people in the immigrant community, then you're simply a fool.