McKinney New Minority Leader

mckinney.jpgSen. John McKinney was unanimously elected as Minority Leader by Senate Republicans today, replacing the outgoing Lou DeLuca.

“Initially, our focus as a caucus, and my focus as minority leader, will continue to be on passing a responsible budget that meets the critical needs of the people of Connecticut, yet lives within our means and does not raise taxes,” he said. (AP)

A major improvement, in my opinion. McKinney, 43, is the son of the popular U.S. Rep. Stewart McKinney, and has served for nearly ten years in the Senate.

Source
Senate Republicans tap McKinney to replace DeLuca as leader.” Associated Press 14 June, 2007.

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37 responses to “McKinney New Minority Leader

  1. So is DeLuca going to have a title? Or will he be the only senator without one?

  2. In other news semi-related to Connecticut, the Massachusetts legislature just defeated the gay marriage ban bill: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/06/legislators_vot_1.html

  3. Genghis Conn

    [quote comment=”13050″]In other news semi-related to Connecticut, the Massachusetts legislature just defeated the gay marriage ban bill: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/06/legislators_vot_1.html%5B/quote%5D
    Excellent!

    As for DeLuca, he’ll get the title “Assistant Pig-Keeper Pro Tem” or something along those lines.

  4. The Senate Republicans met at an undisclosed location off state Capitol grounds to vote.

    Was Dick Cheney there too???????????

  5. In another brilliant, subtle political move, state Representative Michael Lawlor provided the news media of Connecticut (and by extension his colleagues) a primer on how to remove a sitting state senator from office. According to the state constitution it is much easier than impeachment of a governor or judge.
    A simple two-thirds vote of the Senate is enough to punish or remove a senator from office. Discipline of members of the Legislature is left solely in the hands of each chamber. Lawlor made the information available as a kind of “public service,” but inside the Capitol, the message is clear: If Democrats in the Senate want to make the ouster of Lou DeLuca an issue, they have the votes to do so.

    DeLuca offered to use the power of his office to help a contractor and a contractor wh had just been indicted on several felony counts at thAt. The Senate needs to act. McKinney’s ascension had better just be one act in the tragedy and comedy of Louie the…..

    http://mediaattache.blogspot.com/2007/06/thank-you-for-clarification.html

  6. and maybe If McKinney can get past eh DeLuca distraction he can give his local party chair a kick in the but to get going an the municipal elections; the party chair is also the Selectman and he hasn’t decided yet if he is going to run again – he is slower than molasses in January as he hasn’t even lined up the caucus location for the 10,300 town Republicans to go to – they don’t all go out by any means but you never know – there are zoning laws about where to hold assemblies, you know; he doesn’t give anybody else much time to get into the race; although maybe this is just all a big charade and they have everybody lined up to parade out – but it will be long after the Dems have left the gate as they already have —–

    When asked to comment on Brown’s announcement, Elworthy said, “All are welcome to run for any office; we have an open process, an open caucus and an open system.” The RTC caucus is scheduled for July 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.; locations of the caucus have yet to be announced.

    Although Brown is the only Republican announcing his intentions to run for Flatto’s seat, Elworthy said he expects another candidate to make an announcement “in the near future” but would not comment further. Elworthy said he has not made a decision if he intends to seek re-election in the fall as well.

    http://www.fairfieldcitizen-news.com/local/ci_6130036

  7. Congrats Senator McKinney. I look forward to being critical of virtually everything you do as minority leader. (Kidding of course!)

  8. At least he reads the bills before he testifies about them, cgg 🙂

  9. [quote comment=”13056″]At least he reads the bills before he testifies about them, cgg :)[/quote]

    Good point!

  10. A major trade-up, so of course McKinney got the nod. DeLuca provided the Senate Republicans the opportunity to get rid of him, and they promptly obliged him

    In terms of a title for DeLuce, Senate Mob Liason comes to mind.

    The final chapter, outside of the other shoe dropping, will be when McKinney gets DeLuca to announce his intention not to run for another term. That is the only way the Senate Republicans can put this behind them, otherwise they will continue to be associated with secret mob ties.

  11. One if by land

    DeLuca’s new title

    SENATE MINORITY UNDERBOSS

  12. Genghis Conn

    World 2 miniboss?

  13. Genghis Conn

    The Senate GOP leadership page already lists McKinney as leader. DeLuca is in the second slot–with no title. Interesting.

  14. Who will become the new floor leader now that McKinney has this new position??

  15. [quote post=”637″]The final chapter, outside of the other shoe dropping, will be when McKinney gets DeLuca to announce his intention not to run for another term. That is the only way the Senate Republicans can put this behind them, otherwise they will continue to be associated with secret mob ties. [/quote]

    Where did I hear that before? And you are right, TBCT!!!!!

  16. Sorry but It’s not sufficient for DeLuca to announce he’s not seeking reelection.

    There’s an entire session scheduled between now and the State Senate Election and if Lou DeLuca,Who in his plea bargain deal admitted committing 2 Felonies along with the misdemenor he pled guilty to,is allowed to sit in that circle the institution will certainly be tainted by that fact.

    DeLuca Must Resign or Be Removed by the other Senators. If he forces the hearings I hope the Vote is 35-0 to throw him out.

  17. [quote post=”637″]when McKinney gets DeLuca to announce his intention not to run for another term. That is the only way the Senate Republicans can put this behind them,[/quote]

    If McKinney wants to put this behind the Republican’s wake of disaster, he will be the one to act on the information that Lawlor put out and champion bringing Delucca’s ouster to a quick vote.

    Anything less would be the usual republican way… But here is your opportunity to gain some small amount of credibility back. OR you can continue to watch the repubbies deathspin. I am OK with either course of action.

  18. ConnecticutMan1–

    Oh, I agree, that is the proper course of action. But we are talking about the Hartford Statehouse aren’t we? When have any but a handful of those guys demonstrated any moral rectitude?

  19. DeLuca should resign completely and it seems like it’s a matter of time before it happens.

    A question for those who may have worked for caucuses before – now that DeLuca is no longer leader, is it customy for his upper-level staff to be let go? I seem to remember reading that Cafero brought on a whole new team when he took over for Ward, so I was wondering if the same will happen in the Senate. Lord knows they haven’t accomplished much in terms of winning seats and I assume they are making great salaries for cozy positions. I wonder if McKinney will tell them to “hit the bricks.” I don’t even know who they are…..anyone??

  20. DeLuca will announce his resignation — next summer, when he decides at age 73 that he’s not up for another term in the Senate, public cash be damned. By then the joke of the past 18 months will have been played on his constituents and the Ct public as a whole.

    Of course, McKinney and other GOP senators are counting on just that when they complain that Lou’s “constituents” — and not some silly, Constitutional Senate vote — should decide whether Lou needs to resign. Really? Now that the session is over, constiuents will give a rat’s behind what DeLuca is doing out of the limelight?? And by the time session begins again in February 2008, this will all be just a hazy nightmare to them.

    The Senate GOP staff seems solid and I don’t see any reason why McKinney would want to change horses in midstream. Best wait and see how Nov. 2008 shakes out. It will be John — through his policy prioritizing, speeches, and public appearances — who will be most reponsible for the public’s perception of his caucus, not his press or research or graphics staff.

  21. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,282575,00.html

    Looks like 2,000 Waterbury students will have to repeat a grade, as they each have over 19 unexcused absences…

  22. My guess is he’ll announce Crappiello as his #2 to give him a little incentive not to run for Congress.

  23. [quote comment=”13068″]DeLuca should resign completely and it seems like it’s a matter of time before it happens.

    A question for those who may have worked for caucuses before – now that DeLuca is no longer leader, is it customy for his upper-level staff to be let go? I seem to remember reading that Cafero brought on a whole new team when he took over for Ward, so I was wondering if the same will happen in the Senate. Lord knows they haven’t accomplished much in terms of winning seats and I assume they are making great salaries for cozy positions. I wonder if McKinney will tell them to “hit the bricks.” I don’t even know who they are…..anyone??[/quote]

    The leader of each caucus is in charge of hiring the staff that works for that caucus.

  24. GMR, I’m expecting a bunch of parents to jump up and down about “selective enforcement” of longstanding absenteeism policies. John DeStefano will, no doubt, get their backs.

  25. McKinney is going to be a refreshing leader for the Senate Republicans. I’m quite looking forward to seeing what they do under him.

  26. I understand that McKinney will be appointing DeLuca to the Judiciary Committee where DeLuca will be the ranking member. The focu next session will be the proper relation between a Senator and his favorite goon – when and when not to have him rough up your Sicilian grandson-in-law…..should be interesting

  27. disgruntled_republican

    [quote comment=”13082″]I understand that McKinney will be appointing DeLuca to the Judiciary Committee where DeLuca will be the ranking member. The focu next session will be the proper relation between a Senator and his favorite goon – when and when not to have him rough up your Sicilian grandson-in-law…..should be interesting[/quote]

    Where did you hear that?

    If that’s the case I would guess Kissel, who current sits on the Judiciary as ranking member, would take McKinney’s old post in the #2 spot.

  28. disgruntled_republican

    [quote comment=”13065″][quote post=”637″]when McKinney gets DeLuca to announce his intention not to run for another term. That is the only way the Senate Republicans can put this behind them,[/quote]

    If McKinney wants to put this behind the Republican’s wake of disaster, he will be the one to act on the information that Lawlor put out and champion bringing Delucca’s ouster to a quick vote.

    Anything less would be the usual republican way… But here is your opportunity to gain some small amount of credibility back. OR you can continue to watch the repubbies deathspin. I am OK with either course of action.[/quote]

    Of course, on the other hand, Lawlor could have mentioned this because the Democrats hold a freaking 2/3 majority in the senate. But that would be too obvious right? You are right, of course he was saying it to McKinney, what the hell was I thinking…

  29. Derby Conservative

    [quote comment=”13075″]My guess is he’ll announce Crappiello as his #2 to give him a little incentive not to run for Congress.[/quote]
    Crapiello? Did someone miss that or is this type of insult permissible? Not that it’s all that bad, but it’s just juvenile.

  30. [quote post=”637″]Where did you hear that?[/quote]

    It should be obvious, disgruntled; DeLuca knows exactly how to front for the mob as a Senator; he should be able to help set some new rules to make it even easier

  31. [quote post=”637″]I seem to remember reading that Cafero brought on a whole new team when he took over for Ward[/quote]

    Cafero brought in Gallo, the political hack that didn’t do anything to increase the ranks of the House GOP when he was party chair – in fact it shrunk – and then claimed victory, to boot!!!! Same thing the Fighting 44 do it all the time; great political theater out of the 44 but Ward was much more effective – and smarter too!!!!

  32. Crapiello. Testing, testing. Crapiello?

    Just kidding, Derby, but it’s been shown the front-pagers have no problems with posters calling each other names, so one would think the name-calling of public officials allowable.

    Ah, Crapiello. It really rolls off the tongue nicely.

  33. disgruntled_republican

    Or on the other hand perhaps we are giving the poster the benefit of the doubt that they typed that by mistake. If ANYONE else does it beyond my post here, I will delete it.

  34. disgruntled_republican

    [quote comment=”13101″][quote post=”637″]Where did you hear that?[/quote]

    It should be obvious, disgruntled; DeLuca knows exactly how to front for the mob as a Senator; he should be able to help set some new rules to make it even easier[/quote]

    Didn’t realize that you were joking around; was 1/2 reading at the office.

  35. [quote comment=”13110″]Or on the other hand perhaps we are giving the poster the benefit of the doubt that they typed that by mistake. If ANYONE else does it beyond my post here, I will delete it.[/quote]

    Disgruntled. You trying to get fired?

    If you’re so concerned about name-calling why not start with the name calling against CLP community members?

  36. disgruntled_republican

    [quote comment=”13115″][quote comment=”13110″]Or on the other hand perhaps we are giving the poster the benefit of the doubt that they typed that by mistake. If ANYONE else does it beyond my post here, I will delete it.[/quote]

    Disgruntled. You trying to get fired?

    If you’re so concerned about name-calling why not start with the name calling against CLP community members?[/quote]

    TBCT –

    I was responding to a specific question/comment, whatever you want to call it. Further, in reading this thread (and this is the only thread I have read today – as I said, I’m in my office) I don’t see any name calling against CLP community members. If you see one, feel free to point it out.

  37. The Architect

    [quote comment=”13092″][quote comment=”13075″]My guess is he’ll announce Crappiello as his #2 to give him a little incentive not to run for Congress.[/quote]
    Crapiello? Did someone miss that or is this type of insult permissible? Not that it’s all that bad, but it’s just juvenile.[/quote]
    It’s acceptable because they’re insulting a Republican.

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