Daly Launches Campaign Against Courtney

Republican Matthew Daly of the 2nd-district part of Glastonbury has officially launched his campaign for Congress against Joe Courtney. His message:

Daly criticized Courtney for supporting the $800 billion stimulus plan, which he dismissed as “loaded with the usual earmarks and frivolous spending.”
 
He also said Courtney and the rest of Connecticut’s congressional delegation take their orders from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pledged to be an independent voice.
 
“Going forward these next 18 months, I will remind Joe Courtney that our founder’s dream was an America thriving within a free enterprise system not mired in government-mandated socialism,” Daly told the crowd gathered at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

Socialism? Really? As Courtney’s spokesman pointed out, Courtney actually voted against both bailouts. I’d also love to know how roads, bridges and schools are “frivolous” spending. Let’s take a look at some of that frivolity, just here in Connecticut, shall we?

  • $250 economic recovery payments for Social Security recipients
  • $3,725,000 to fund 3 new Community Health Centers, which will serve an estimated 17,030 patients and create a projected 125 jobs
  • $1,157,671 to provide meals to low-income seniors
  • $302,053,956 in highway funds to help build and repair roads and bridges
  • $137,526,347 to repair and build public transportation infrastructure, including several Amtrak bridges in New London County
  • $35 Million in grant money for Housing Authorities, of which Gov. Rell said on 3/25: “”These grants are welcome news.” They will not only provide badly needed jobs to unemployed residents, but also will enable the authority to move ahead with the rehabilitation of its vacant low-income units and make them available to people on the waiting list for housing sooner than expected. At a time of high unemployment, funding for projects that can get people back to work within the next three months is especially important.”*

And there’s more frivolous nonsense just like that. Daly may have some points to make about spending and debt, but he’s going to have a hard time attacking a bill that has found support from Gov. Rell, among others.

In any event, Daly has launched his website, and it looks like he’s trying to evoke another 2nd district Republican with at least one design choice:

dalywebsite
 
simmonssite
Notice that both have that weird red bunting. However, while Simmons’s red bunting has the flag of Connecticut as sort of a cravat, Daly’s is bare, but next to a logo with a stylized red, white and blue flag/bald eagle and the word “AMERICA” on a golden crest (just in case the whole “America” thing wasn’t clear from the flag/eagle). Daria Novak, Daly’s potential Republican rival, has only a “coming soon” message on her site.

Daly says he raised about $20,000 for his campaign at his announcement. Rep. Joe Courtney won a landslide victory in 2008 over Sean Sullivan, after winning the closest congressional race in the country in 2006 against Rob Simmons.

*Sources: releases from the White House and Rep. Courtney’s office

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14 responses to “Daly Launches Campaign Against Courtney

  1. That red bunting is so similar, I’m wndering if the two sites had the same designers, of if Daly cribbed from Simmons…

  2. That red bunting is so similar, I’m wndering if the two sites had the same designers, of if Daly cribbed from Simmons…

    I think there is probably some deliberate coordination, but it’s hard to be sure. I don’t think it’s the same actual designer, the code is structured different enough that it looks like two different people, but they may be using the same company.

  3. That red bunting is so similar, I’m wndering if the two sites had the same designers, of if Daly cribbed from Simmons…

    The Daly site is done by Diversified Solutions International, LLC. in Granby.

    Simmons site doesn’t offer a link to it’s developer, who I know is a sometimes poster here, but not out of Granby.

  4. Bruce Rubenstein

    this guy has his kick off announcement in the tony Glastonbury country club with some bastardized flag symbol, ranting about Socialism and he want s US to take him seriously? Atleast if he is going to wrap himself in holier then thou patroitism he could have a 50 star real american flag…unreal the hypocracy.

  5. this guy has his kick off announcement in the tony Glastonbury country club with some bastardized flag symbol, ranting about Socialism and he want s US to take him seriously? Atleast if he is going to wrap himself in holier then thou patroitism he could have a 50 star real american flag…unreal the hypocracy.

    So……if his kick off was in the Moose Hall and he had a regular flag and he made no mention of socialism…You may have supported him?

  6.   However, while Simmons’s red bunting has the flag of Connecticut as sort of a cravat

    🙂

  7. AndersonScooper

    Daly believes that if his or your daughter were raped, and impregnated, God wouldn’t want Plan B or an abortion, but rather for the young woman to have the rapist’s baby!

    That’s effed up. But if the ideology stands in the service of rich people getting richer, of course the Daly-ites are for it!

  8. Daly’s website it hilariously incoherent. Some favs:

    “By 2050 the ENTIRE Federal budget will encompass the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone. We must stop irresponsible spending.”

    What? Irresponsible spending? I think everyone agrees we need entitlement reforms, but Daly seems to think the growth of Medicare is some sort of evil earmark or something.

    “I will not support national health care, nor forcing workers to join labor unions by canceling secret ballots through the card check policy.”

    Really? Anti-universal health care? Is that a winner in Connecticut? Good luck!

  9. Bruce Rubenstein

    I saw his web page also and I was less then impressed.

    “I will not support national health care, nor forcing workers to join labor unions by canceling secret ballots through the card check policy.”

    The card check legislation does not end the secret ballot, it only provides another means of unionization….therefore workers would have 2 choices instead of the 1 the presently do have.Either he is purposely mis-reading the legislation or he has cognitive/perception difficulties

    The following is incoherent and wrong…

    “By 2050 the ENTIRE Federal budget will encompass the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone. We must stop irresponsible spending.”

    I would bet that 75% of his district (2nd CD) receives some help from one of those programs he wishes to cut or do away with.

    You do judge a candidate by his literature…and his literature bespeaks of a very incoherent candidate with mis-perceived assumptions….

  10. wtfdnucsailor

    With an opponent like Mr. Daly, Courtney could win with eighty percent of the vote.

  11. The following is incoherent and wrong…

    Bruce, I’ve never met Mr. Daly and I don’t know anything about him, but I think he’s trying to say that the growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is outpacing the growth in the budget or the growth in tax revenues, and that’s true. Regardless, even if constituents may rely on these programs (and your 75% figure is ridiculous – what, do you think the 2nd District is Finland?), that doesn’t change this fact.

    Also, I hope you’re not saying that there’s something wrong with irresponsible spending.

  12. scanman1722

    Also, I hope you’re not saying that there’s something wrong with irresponsible spending.

    There’s only a problem with it when the money is spent on poor people. If it’s for defense, deficits don’t matter, right Reagan?

  13. Bruce Rubenstein

    Bruce, I’ve never met Mr. Daly and I don’t know anything about him, but I think he’s trying to say that the growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is outpacing the growth in the budget or the growth in tax revenues, and that’s true. Regardless, even if constituents may rely on these programs (and your 75% figure is ridiculous – what, do you think the 2nd District is Finland?), that doesn’t change this fact.

    Mr Dobbs….while you have every right to disagree with my figure, it is clear that the % of folks in the 2nd CD making use of some federal program is a high one. The natural tendency of those folks receiving aid is that they tend to support that politician who advocates safe-guarding their program, not as Mr Daly is advocating, cutting their program.The experts seem to agree that the closest impending entitlement problem is with medicare and not social security.

    Now a word on Socialism as stated by Mr Daly. We have had socialistic mechanisms within our economy for many years,some for over 50 years. Most advanced western industrial/technological democracies prefer in 2009 to have a mixed economy and I see no reason why we shouldn’t either.
    Social Security,Medicare,Medicaid,foodstamps, etc etc have all played their part in keeping the economy going of the most powerful democracy that the world has ever known.

  14. Also, I hope you’re not saying that there’s something wrong with irresponsible spending.

    This was a double-negative, and it should have been a triple-negative. I should have said, I hope you’re not saying that there’s nothing wrong with irresponsible spending.

    Also, debt only matters as a function of GDP. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.

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