Just a few weeks after Chris Healy, the chairman of her party, criticized the federal stimulus plan, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell today proudly announced the investment has created/retained “more than 6,000 jobs in Connecticut.”
“The proof is in the numbers and they tell a positive story for Connecticut workers in terms of creating and preserving jobs,” Rell said. “From paving our roadways and upgrading bridges to retaining teaching jobs and weatherizing homes, we are using stimulus funds to put people to work while addressing pressing state needs.”
Those numbers are nowhere near the estimated 40,000 jobs initially promised earlier this year, but one could argue 6,000 is still better than nothing.
In the meantime it’s going to be interesting to see what the various Republicans vying to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Dodd in 2010 say about the stimulus and how their positions square with Rell’s, particularly if she decides to seek re-election next year.