Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Some Simmons supporters wary of primary

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Hours after former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons announced that he will primary newly-minted GOP U.S. Senate nominee Linda McMahon, several of his supporters expressed concern about the prospect of an ongoing battle between the two. “I’m concerned for many reasons,” House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, said a few minutes after delivering a rousing speech […] [Read More]
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Rob Simmons will primary Linda McMahon

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Former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons, who lost the GOP nomination tonight to Linda McMahon, said he is not giving up the fight. “I believe there’s a lot of time left in this campaign and I have sufficient funds to make a compelling case to voters before the primary … I intend to stay in this […] [Read More]
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McMahon on her victory: “I venture to say I’m gonna lay the smackdown on him come November.”

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Linda McMahon can now add Republican U.S. Senate nominee to her resume. But during tonight’s victory speech at the Republican convention she did not disappoint those looking for the World Wrestling Entertainment maven to make a wrestling reference. [Read More]
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Sen. Fasano sums up why McMahon might be GOP’s nominee

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State Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, gave the first nominating speech at tonight’s GOP Convention for U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, whose family runs Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment. I spoke afterward to Fasano about why he agrees with her decision to primary former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons of Stonington should he win the nomination this […] [Read More]
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Lt. Guv Fedele backs Simmons over McMahon

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The Stamford delegates just cast their votes in the nominating process for U.S. Senate at the Republican Convention in Hartford. Lt. Governor Michael Fedele, who is running for Governor, gave his support to former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons of Stonington instead of Linda McMahon, whose family company – World Wrestling Entertainment – calls the city […] [Read More]
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Stamford, Norwalk Mayors guest in McMahon nomination video

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Republican Mayors Mike Pavia and Dick Moccia of, respectively, Stamford and Norwalk, made cameos in the video U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon prepared for tonight’s nominating convention in Hartford. The video was a mash-up of some of McMahon’s campaign commercials, new footage and comments from various elected officials throughout the state. “Washington’s not ready for […] [Read More]
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Merrick Alpert’s Democratic Convention speech that might have been

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Mystic Democrat Merrick Alpert, who has been trying to convince his party he would be a better candidate to replace retiring veteran U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd than Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, will not be allowed to address the nominating convention tonight at the Connecticut Expo Center. Alpert,¬†who made an impressive showing during his one debate […] [Read More]
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“Hey, everybody, Schiff’s got a hospitality suite. We all get … wait … his book!?!?”

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peter Schiff, a celebrity economist who has been credited with predicting the economic disaster of 2009, sent out a great e-mail during the first hours of today’s GOP nominating convention in Hartford. The e-mail invites recipients – particularly delegates who are voting today on nominees – to a hospitality suite at […] [Read More]
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Mark Greenberg didn’t get the 5th District nod, but is he still covering our parking fees?

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Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield Republican who today unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy for the 5th Congressional District seat, is now planning on petitioning his way onto the ballot. Despite today’s lack of success, I’m assuming Greenberg is still covering all of our parking fees at the Connecticut Convention Center, […] [Read More]
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Rell leaves Brookfield without a delegate

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When the Brookfield delegation was called to cast it’s eleven votes to nominate a candidate for the 5th Congressional District, they came up one short. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, as promised, is not attending the 2010 Republican convention in Hartford today. “I completely understand the Governor’s decision not to want to take sides,” state […] [Read More]
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