Gov. Jodi Rell‘s (R) “decision to bow out” and “not seek a second full term” will “demand public and media attention for a contest that might otherwise have been drowned out by the noise” of the SEN and nat’l races.
‘06 candidate/Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D): “The press was not likely to cover a Democratic (primary) contest if the governor was in it. So, for a guy like me, who represents one tiny portion of this state in a media market that has nothing to do with New Haven or Hartford, the chance for me to break through was impeded. Now, it’s no longer impeded. I’m going to get coverage.”
Sec/State Susan Bysiewicz (D) said Dems “are well-positioned to take back an office they haven’t won since” ‘86.
Bysiewicz: “She had been a very popular governor, and I think it is always more difficult to run when you have to go up against an incumbent, particularly one who has been popular. So there is a sense that the Democrats have an opportunity, and I’m very pleased to be the front-runner among Democrats” (Mann, New London Day, 11/15).
Hartford Courant‘s Bigelow writes, Dems “suddenly have their best chance to win the top job” since ‘86. “The possibility of winning has led to a lot of confusion among Democrats, so they’ve fallen back on a time-honored tradition: waiting for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) to do something.”
Blumenthal “predictably abstained from the race” in Feb. “but now that Rell is gone there is suddenly a sliver of hope that he might enter this race instead of waiting for that Senate seat to finally open up. That’s the problem with Blumenthal; it’s been clear for a while that being governor is only something he’d settle for.”
Bysiewicz “has definite gubernatorial ambitions. … Of the current candidates, Bysiewicz is the only one to have won a statewide race, and she is known to be a tough primary campaigner. I still have no idea what she thinks she would do as governor, though.”
Malloy “was a useful sort to put up against Rell next year, but now that Democrats actually have a shot at winning, he may find his support draining away to better-funded, better-known candidates.” Then there’s ‘06 SEN nominee/businessman Ned Lamont (D), “who has support from the left wing of his party, name recognition from his 2006 run and plenty of money to work with.”
“I suppose there are Republican candidates, too, but they aren’t nearly as interesting or relevant. … Republicans are still heavily outnumbered in Connecticut, after all, and without the power of incumbency, the personal popularity of a Jodi Rell or a weak Democratic candidate to face off against, their chances look pretty grim” (11/15).
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."