Vote on Tuesday
I never know how many people read this page and have no clue how many are from Connecticut but today, this is addressed to those living in my state.
On Tuesday, there will be a Primary to determine the Democratic Party’s representatives for the office of US State Senator and Governor. No surprise here, it’s been all over the news for months now.
While I’ll talk about the guys I’m backing, I’m not doing anything more than urging registered Democrats in the state to go out and make your vote count. Some, even this late in the process, are undecided and now’s the time to start making up your mind.
Our Senators and Congressman serve our interests in Washington and the yardstick to measure each is a little different. After all, two Senators represent the entire state while we have five Congressmen responsible for sections of the state. A Senator should be a statesman, looking after the state’s best interests as legislation is considered. A Senator should also be a leader, someone to look after all American’s best interests. You may not always agree with the official, but you should at least respect what he says and does.
Joe Lieberman did a great thing in protecting the sub base in Groton from closing. He looked after the state. Connecticut, though, still ranks pretty low on the chart of tax dollars flowing back into the State, and after three terms, one would expect better.
Joe as a leader, though, has not done a good job of asking the hard questions of the Administration. It’s not just the Iraq war. It’s pretty much everything the current administration has done, from strangling the facts from seeing print in scientific studies to the steady erosion of citizens’ rights. Joe’s been pretty quiet and isn’t necessarily being effective in looking after the peoples’ interests.
Joe also is a declared Democrat. He therefore represents the interests and point of view of the party that elected him to office. While his voting record reads like a Democrat, he certainly has blurred the definition given his public statements in support of the Administration, and yes, here it’s mostly about our activities in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
It’s this culmination of things that has personally soured me on Joe and why I’ll be voting for Ned Lamont. Now, Ned’s a self-made millionaire, has had only a smattering of government experience, and is seen as the anyone-but-Joe alternative. His campaign strategy hasn’t gotten the word out regarding what he stands for beyond the Iraq war. The media has pretty much turned this into a one issue debate and it’s more than that. Ned’s got ideas on other Federal issues, but he’s not communicating effectively nor is the media doing its part to cover the full scope of differences between the candidates.
For the state, the choice between Dan Malloy, mayor of Stamford, and John DeStefano, mayor of New Haven, is tougher. Their stand on the various state issues are pretty similar, their plans both viable.
A while back, I talked about my experiences at my first-ever State Democratic Convention. I got to see the wheeling and dealing and passion demonstrated by the candidates (all except Joe Lieberman who was observing the Sabbath and cannot be faulted for that). I got to see Dan and John in action and was convinced John was my choice. His organization wasn’t strong enough, and he stayed out of sight during the madness of the afternoon. Still, he emerged a fighter and has been leading in the polls ever since.
John’s stand on the issues can be found here.
I think it’s pretty telling that a Stamford resident has repeatedly said to me, “I live in Stamford, I’ve spoken with Dan, I’ve seen what’s been going on. Vote for John.”
Regardless of who wins the primary on Tuesday, the candidate will have a very tough time trying to defeat Jodi Rell, the incumbent who has done quite a lot of good for the state since she succeeded the disgraced John Rowland. She’s certainly not perfect nor do I like everything about her agenda but she’s enjoying something like a 70% approval rating and that’s hard to beat.
Still, I urge you to make a stop at your polling place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and cast your ballot.