Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

GOP Chair welcomes Prez Obama to Bridgeport

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State Republican Chairman Chris Healy tonight released a statement entitled “The One’s Visit” about Saturday’s rally at Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard with Democratic President Barack Obama. Healy called the visit – Obama’s second since late September – a “welcome reminder” of the choice voters face at the polls on Tuesday. Democrats are obviously counting […] [Read More]
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Vince mails Bysiewicz, reporters WWE swag

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Several reporters covering the U.S. Senate race this morning received a surprise – a box of World Wrestling Entertainment merchandise compliments of company head Vince McMahon, husband of Republican candidate Linda McMahon. According to a brief letter from Vince, these items were also shipped to Democratic Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who recently clashed […] [Read More]
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Is Vince McMahon helping or hurting Linda’s candidacy?

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Vince McMahon has not, at least publicly, played a major role in wife and World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda’s U.S. Senate campaign this year. But suddenly in these final days of her race with Democrat Richard Blumenthal, Vince is making plenty of noise: He and WWE went on the offensive after Democrats launched a new […] [Read More]
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Election complaints as last-minute campaign strategy

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Over the past week there have been at least three high-profile complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission against the two major party candidates for U.S. Senate. Democratic Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo kicked things off when she alleged Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon was conspiring with husband Vince to use the family’s company – Stamford-based […] [Read More]
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Russell Simmons to MC Obama rally in Bridgeport

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According to a Democratic source, mogul Russell Simmons, labeled by music channel VH1 as “the most important businessman in the history of rap music,” will host President Barack Obama’s rally in Bridgeport on Saturday. The politically active Simmons famously took some time to decide to publicly endorse candidate-Obama in 2008. This will be President Obama’s […] [Read More]
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What do the feds, Ted Turner, and Susan Bysiewicz have in common?

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All have fallen before the mighty power of Vince McMahon … at least, according to Vince McMahon. The chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment tonight shot out an e-mailed response to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s statement earlier in the day clarifying WWE fans can wear company paraphernalia to the polls on Election Day. Vince’s […] [Read More]
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U.S. Rep. from Puerto Rico stumps for Blumenthal

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In early September Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon launched a radio ad directed at Spanish-speaking voters. Today her Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, spent the afternoon in a heavily-Puerto Rican section of New Haven, campaigning with U.S. Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, who represents the island commonwealth in Congress. The two first met in […] [Read More]
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McMahon stiffs Schiff, but at least she baked a pie

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I’ve written on this blog about former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peter Schiff inviting Linda McMahon, who beat him in the GOP primary, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal onto his new radio show before Election Day. Schiff’s producer, Tom Elliot, doubted Blumenthal would take them up on the invite, and he was right. […] [Read More]
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Who needs Bill or Barack when you’ve got Cliff?

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Sure President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton visited Connecticut recently to stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal. But his opponent – Republican Linda McMahon – can boast a unique endorsement from a local celebrity. The campaign is circulating a web ad featuring actor John Ratzenberger, a Bridgeport native best known for […] [Read More]
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Dead wrestler’s dad hopes Senator Blumenthal will clean-up wrestling

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Mike Benoit, father of late World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Chris Benoit, was in Hartford this morning to make a case why voters should reject the company’s former CEO, Linda McMahon, when they head to the polls in one week. Chris Benoit in late June 2007 killed his wife, their 7-year-old son, and then himself. His […] [Read More]
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