Press release issued by Lamont campaign on Friday:
Ted Kennedy Jr. Endorses Ned Lamont for Governor
Praises Lamont’s Values, Ability to Bring People Together in New TV Ad
New Haven, CT – Longtime Connecticut resident Ted Kennedy Jr. announced today that he is endorsing Democratic businessman Ned Lamont in the race for governor. In new TV and radio ads that will begin airing across the state tomorrow, Kennedy cites Ned’s long record of hard work and giving back to the community, praising his ability to bring people together.
“What makes Connecticut so special to me are the people that I’ve met here, people like Ned and Annie,” said Kennedy. “Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to become good friends with them and I know they share the same values I believe in – the values of hard work and giving back. I’ve seen Ned in action. I know he has what it takes to bring people together and move Connecticut forward, and that’s why I’ll be voting for him on August 10.”
“Ted and his wife Kiki are great friends and proud Connecticut residents,” said Lamont. “I’ll never forget standing beside Ted’s father singing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’ when he came to campaign for me in 2006. Senator Kennedy always believed that our best days were ahead of us, a belief that Ted Jr. and I share for the state of Connecticut. As governor, I will work every day to create jobs and make Connecticut a place where every family has the opportunity to achieve their own American dream.”
The new ad can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syKPS31XSR4
Linda McMahon, the GOP-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, said Wednesday she would support Senate confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Only one Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Kagan Tuesday. Her nomination easily moved from the committee to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass.
McMahon hasn’t often been in support of anything advanced by President Obama. But, in an appearance before the Connecticut Post editorial board Wednesday, the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO said a president of either party should have a Supreme Court nominations approved unless the nominee is “absolutely unqualified.”
“Based on what I saw of Elena Kagan, I would have voted to approve her nomination,” McMahon said. “I didn’t find anything glaring to disqualify her.”
Lieutenant governor candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley announced Thursday that she’s received the endorsement from several state and local Shelton officials in her bid to take the GOP’s nomination away from Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton in the August primary.
State Sen. Dan Debicella, a Republican running for the 4th congressional district, has put his support behind Wilson-Foley as has Shelton GOP town chair Anthony Simonetti, according to a statement from Wilson-Foley’s campaign.
Debicella, R-Shelton, says in the release that Wilson-Foley is a “consensus builder” who brings a “common sense approach” to challenges.
“I am convinced Lisa Wilson-Foley has the background and experience it takes to make a difference in Connecticut,” Debicella said.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will pay a visit to Connecticut on Thursday, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers has learned.
The former lieutenant governor of Maryland, who became the first black to lead the GOP in January 2009, Steele is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the RNC in Noank.
The number of uncontested General Assembly races in 2010 is 10 percent lower than in 2008, according to a news release from Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.
Only 54 of 187 races for State Senate or State House lack either a Democratic or Republican candidate this year, compared to 60 unchallenged contests in 2008. With about 29 percent of races uncontested, this year is the lowest since 1998, when slightly under 27 percent of races were unchallenged.
Bysiewicz attributed at least some of the trend to candidates taking advantage of the public financing mechanism of the Citizen’s Election Program law.
Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser to Dan Malloy’s gubernatorial campaign, reacted today to Kevin Rennie’s blog report about a film crew that set up this week in front of Malloy’s Stamford home. Occhiogrosso:“Two pretty simple questions for Ned Lamont: did your campaign pay to have someone film and take photographs of Dan Malloy’s house? If so, why?” In his post, Rennie recalled that four years ago, Malloy was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation into improvements to the property, located in the Shippan section of the city.
The race for the Republican nomination for attorney general is heating up this week.
First, Ross Garber, who is challenging GOP nominated candidate Martha Dean in a primary this August, challenged his opponent earlier this week on comments she made in April supporting firearms training for schoolchildren. Then on Tuesday two Republican leaders came out in support of Garber’s campaign.
Ross said in a prepared statement on Monday its not the attorney general’s job to “give our schoolchildren guns.”
Dean defended her comments noting that many schools, public and private, already have training on firearms safety as well as rifle teams.
On Tuesday Peter Tesei, the First Selectman of Greenwich, and Greenwich GOP chairman Jim Campbell announced their endorsements for Garber. Tesei said he would begin hitting the campaing trail with Garber as early as Wednesday, when the politicans plan to meet with commuters at the Greenwich train station during the afternoon commute.
Also Tuesday, Dean’s campaign announced the endorsement of former Sec. of the State Pauline Kezer, who served in the office from 1990 to 1994. Kezer was also a gubernatorial candidate in 1994, losing the party’s nomination to former Gov. John Rowland.
The primary is set for Aug. 10.
By Ken Dixon
HARTFORD — Peter Schiff, the Weston financial analyst, will be on the Aug. 10 primary ballot for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced Monday..
During a news conference in the Capitol, she said that local registrars through the state said he gathered more than 8,600 signatures.
Also, Rob Merkle and Rick Torres qualified to run in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary against state Sen Dan Debicella, R-Shelton, the endorsed candidate.
Mark Greenberg also qualified to run a 5th Congressional District primary against Republican state Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri of Waterbury.
Schiff obtained about 400 more signatures than needed to reach the threshold of 2 percent of enrolled members of the GOP in the state.