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It’s election day in Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota, and Connecticut. Since I live in Connecticut, I will concentrate on that state. In the Democratic Senatorial race there are three contenders: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Merrick Alpert – not to be confused with Marv Albert, arrested for allegedly biting his girlfriend – and Roger J. Pearson, who has no picture. Scroll down the page to the blank square above Pearson’s name.
The race looks like a cakewalk for Richard Blumenthal, who sometimes says things as if in the throes of a sugar rush, like this statement he made at a ceremony honoring veterans:
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
We learned something important, too. Richard Blumenthal never served in Vietnam. But let’s stop ducking from enemy fire for a moment and come to terms with the fact that politicians are salespeople and will say anything to get elected.
Sometimes, politicians need a not so gentle reminder that audio-carrying reporters can immortalize politicians words. The New York Times gently reminded Mr. Blumenthal of that fact in this article, Candidates Words on Vietnam Service Differ from History. I apologize for the ad that precedes the article. Just press skip.
Now to the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and the contenders. In one corner, Ned Lamont, a businessman and former Senatorial Candidate. In 2006, Lamont lost the Senate race to Cup of Joe Lieberman, who had originally lost the Democratic Senate Primary to Lamont. After Lieberman lost his party’s nomination, he quickly found Political God in the Independent Party. He should have known that Democrats don’t like their coffee with sour milk.
In the other gubernatorial corner, stands Dan Malloy, former four-term Mayor of Stamford, CT, who looks at the ground when he walks. Just check the picture at his website.
Both Lamont and Malloy have been too busy slinging mud at each other to let the voters know why we should give them the keys to the Governor’s mansion. Hint: It’s hidden beneath the welcome mat at the front door. This concerned citizen doesn’t want to pay more taxes for a cleaning service to wash muddy shoe prints from the marble floor.
Since I’m not a Republican, I’ll make this brief. There are three people running for Senator on the right side of the aisle: Moe, Larry, and Curly. Personally, I never cared for Shemp. Actually, the Three Stooges had a show on TV, and not a seat in Congress.
Peter Schiff, who can distinguish a $5 dollar bill from a $50 from thirty-feet away since he is a money manager.
Former Rep. Rob Simmons, who suspended his campaign, jumped back into the race, then ran ads saying that he would participate in several debates with McMahon and Schiff, but never did. Yeah, he sounds reliable.
Two Republicans face off to replace Governor Rell, who took office in 2006 after John Rowland pleaded guilty to corruption charges and was forced to resign. Why is politics so complicated? In the Republican Gubernatorial race, Lt. Governor Michael C. Fedele fights for the leather high back chair and bigger office in the Governor’s mansion. His challenger, Thomas C. Foley, a Republican Party fund-raiser and ambassador under George W. Bush. Not a lot of breathing room there.
My prediction: Someone’s going to win!