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:
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