SIMMONS TO CHALLENGE DODD

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons is in the race according to an email he sent to the AP.

…An email to the AP? Huh. Okay. That’s unique.

Simmons enters the race a week after a Quinnipiac poll showed him narrowly leading Sen. Chris Dodd, 44%-43%.

You can see the Courant story here, and I’m sure there will be other reaction from around the country as Monday dawns.

My initial thought is that the Republicans finally have a strong candidate, for the first time since they turned on Lowell Weicker in 1988. They may soon have two strong candidates if State Sen. Sam Caligiuri gets into the race–and I think a primary would help the GOP by keeping the Republican candidates (and their attacks against Dodd) in the news. Neither Simmons nor Caligiuri are the sort of no-name also-rans that the state GOP usually gets to run against Dodd and Lieberman. Rob Simmons is not Jack Orchulli.

I expect Simmons will come out of the gate attacking. It will be very telling to see how Dodd, now in a real re-election battle for the first time in his life, responds. Will he make his re-election campaign about his long record and experience? His current fights for health care and credit card reform? Or will he allow Simmons to stake out the turf?

As of right now, I’d say that the race still favors Dodd, because he’s still the incumbent, he’s still a Democrat running for statewide office, and one poll does not a race make. This could change as the GOP steps up its attacks.

Prepare for a very interesting U.S. Senate race!

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21 responses to “SIMMONS TO CHALLENGE DODD

  1. I expect Simmons will come out of the gate attacking.

    Given Dodd’s pathetic track record plus his total incomprehension of ethics, attacking should be easy enough

  2. If Simmons bases his entire campaign on attacks of Chris Dodd, he doesnt stand a chance. If this last cycle proved anything, its that republicans cant win from the position of negative attacks. As hokey as the hope message was, it showed that people are no longer responding to negative campaigning. In a state that overwhelmingly supported Obama, Simmons better have more up his sleeve than a cry for mortgage documents and false accusations.

    And the notion that Dodd has a “pathetic track record” is laughable at best. Amy state would be lucky to have a senator who has fought so hard for the working class. Electric Boat, Sykorsky, and Pratt would have all shuddered their doors without Dodd fighting to keep the contracts coming. Not to mention all he has done for children and families, FMLA for one.

    Simmons has little more than a short record of Bush policy cheerleading. Once the spotlight turns to him, it wont take long before CT realizes he is a mile wide and an inch deep.

  3. And the notion that Dodd has a “pathetic track record” is laughable at best. Amy state would be lucky to have a senator who has fought so hard for the working class. Electric Boat, Sykorsky, and Pratt would have all shuddered their doors without Dodd fighting to keep the contracts coming. Not to mention all he has done for children and families, FMLA for one.

    Keep right on drinking that Kool Aid.

  4. Keep right on drinking that Kool Aid.

    Not to start a bickering match, but how is that drinking the Kool Aid? Those are actual deliverables. Things you can go out and look at. FMLA was Dodd’s bill. It has his name on it, he wrote it. The funding requests in the omnibus for electric boat and Sikorsky were submitted, negotiated, and agreed to because of Dodd. You can go on thomas.gov and read the record yourself.

  5. “SIMMONS TO CHALLENGE DODD”

    Jeez, go easy on the caps! Who do you think you are? Matt Drudge?

  6. Jeez, go easy on the caps! Who do you think you are? Matt Drudge?

    I think the siren will look good right next to the grapes. 🙂

  7. Game on people….

  8. Bruce Rubenstein

    look at the physical image Simmons projects….either Elmer Fudd or the Wimpy hamburger guy….the intangibles still favor Dodd…and it is still very early in the game…..

  9. Not to start a bickering match, but how is that drinking the Kool Aid?

    Because you disagreed with him. This has been another example of simple answers to simple questions…

  10. wtfdnucsailor

    Actually I believe that “Congressman Goofy” was the nick name due to his enthusiastic greetings of any and all regardless of the situation. I just hope that a strong Senate Race doesn’t take the oxygen out of the Governor’s race like it did in 2006. Malloy and DeStefano could barely get coverage due to the Lamont-Lieberman race and thus, neither was able to make his case to the voter who did not pay complete attention to politics (most voters who have more useful things to do with their lives than we do).

  11. Ichabod Crane

    …An email to the AP? Huh. Okay. That’s unique.

    Was he supposed to email you first Genghis?

    “SpencerOwen” that’s a new name – I see Dodd is wasting no time getting his staff onto the blogs to fight.

  12. I think the siren will look good right next to the grapes.

    Of course! Who doesn’t LOVE the siren?

  13. Of course! Who doesn’t LOVE the siren?

    The Drudge Siren, despite his wackiness as of late, is one of my favorite internet moments.

    …An email to the AP? Huh. Okay. That’s unique.

    I agree with Genghis on the e-mail to the AP. First, he does the usual “I am thinking about it” circuit with some success, then he wastes this announcement in an e-mail to the AP. He should have at least done it on “Face the State”. This may show a lack of coordination among Simmons and whatever staff he may have assembled. Wouldn’t you want the big exciting rally, where you announce you are taking on the establishment, shady dealing Dodd? He could have gotten more mileage out of this.

    Also, as to an earlier post – Where was Dodd on the St. Patty’s Day circuit? That raises some questions with me, as to whether he questioning another run.

  14. …An email to the AP? Huh. Okay. That’s unique.

    Also, no campaign website… another “unique” part of his roll-out.

    Seems pretty clear that the rest of the GOP field isn’t exactly shocked and awed:

    Foley, reached Monday, said he is “seriously looking” at running but wouldn’t commit to the race.

    “I’m not sure what the outcome will be, but I’m very interested,” he said.

    Caligiuri said he is “leaning very strongly in favor of running” and expects to make a formal announcement soon.

  15. Caligiuri said he is “leaning very strongly in favor of running” and expects to make a formal announcement soon.

    He can even re-use his SamforSenate.com domain, which is currently under construction.

  16. Ichabod Crane

    Also, no campaign website… another “unique” part of his roll-out.

    Oh please, if he did have a website rolled out this morning, you’d be slamming him for saying that he hadn’t decided until Sunday and that by having a website pre-fabricated that he was lying to the people of Connecticut by saying he hadn’t made up his mind – or something along those lines.

    We know you tparty.

  17. “SpencerOwen” that’s a new name – I see Dodd is wasting no time getting his staff onto the blogs to fight.

    Man, got the same reception over at MLN. I am obviously a supporter of Dodd, but no staffer. Just a software tech who admittedly left CT a long time ago and now lives in DC. I have kept an eye on CT politics for a while and have been an a semi-regular reader of MLN and CTLP. you guys sure dont take too kindly to strangers.

  18. Man, got the same reception over at MLN. I am obviously a supporter of Dodd, but no staffer. Just a software tech who admittedly left CT a long time ago and now lives in DC. I have kept an eye on CT politics for a while and have been an a semi-regular reader of MLN and CTLP. you guys sure dont take too kindly to strangers.

    Some of us simply have no manners. Welcome.

  19. Ichabod Crane

    Some of us simply have no manners. Welcome.

    Only AndersonScooper can be a jerk, right GC?

  20. AndersonScooper

    For the record, this is the MLN exchange that upset SpencerOwen:
    http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showComment.do?commentId=60334

    Hey Spencer, from one Democrat to another, all I can say is “Grow a backbone!”

    Anyway, I hope you will hang out. Someone needs to be making the case for Doddles, and his re-election.

    I honestly want to, but Dodd makes it hard. Yet come 2010 I’ll have to put the bumpersticker on the car, even though in the meantime it’s easy to see the answer as being Blumenthal and his 81% approval ratings.

  21. Hey Spencer, from one Democrat to another, all I can say is “Grow a backbone!”

    No worries, all fun and games here. Just trying to clear my name!

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