Simmons – Off to a slow start

On May 5th at 10 am, just after launching his new fund raising widget, U.S. Senate Candidate Rob Simmons claimed a total of $28,394 raised.

As of today, his website shows a grand total of $28,914.

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One wonders if the $520 raised even covers the Flash programming for the widget.

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25 responses to “Simmons – Off to a slow start

  1. Bruce Rubenstein

    I have always thought that giving political money was a vote for a candidate. In this case the voters are not buying Simmons at all. He is about as exciting and interesting as salami on white bread with mayo.

  2. AndersonScooper

    Bruce, I don’t know where you get your info, but I think it’s nuts to be laughing at Simmons’ fundraising prowess before we see any numbers. (And $29,000 of online, small donations is no laughing matter.)

    There was a reason Simmons didn’t report any donations last quarter. Wisely, he had everyone post-dating checks so he can make a big bang with his fundraising numbers in July. (He’s got to be hoping he can blow Caliguiri away, and get him out of the race.)

    Personally, given those poll numbers and four previous campaigns worth of D.C. knowledge, I expect Simmons to rake in $1.5-2 Million.

    There is plenty to laugh about concerning Rob Simmons. But when lobbyists are so, so comfortable with him, I would not laugh about his ability to raise $$$.

    fwiw

  3. salami on white bread with mayo.

    Eating that slop alone should be grounds for hanging.

    Here is Henry Mencken — best journalist ever — on the very articulate and interesting Woodrow Wilson. Mencken is talking about his rhetorical gifts:

    “Two or three years ago, at the height of his illustriousness, it was spoken of in whispers, as if there were something almost supernatural about its merits. I read articles, in those days, comparing it to the style of the Biblical prophets, and arguing that it vastly exceeded the manner of any living literatus. Looking backward, it is not difficult to see how that doctrine arose. Its chief sponsors, first and last, were not men who actually knew anything about the writing of English, but simply editorial writers on party newspapers, i.e., men who related themselves to literary artists in much the same way that Dr. Billy Sunday relates himself to the late Paul of Tarsus. What intrigued such gentlemen in the compositions of Dr. Wilson was the plain fact that he was their superior in their own special field—that he accomplished with a great deal more skill than they did themselves the great task of reducing all the difficulties of the hour to a few sonorous and unintelligible phrases, often with theological overtones–that he knew better than they did how to arrest and enchant the boobery with words that were simply words, and nothing else.”

    Remind you of anyone other than George Bush?

  4. Mr. Reality

    Yes..we should just forget about what Dodd has done. For years all I have heard from the “good government” people is how important it is to get special interest money out of politics. From the sounds of it, people on this board suddenly have no problem with Chris Dodd’s dealings with the financial industry, which has arguably been more influential with Sen. Dodd than any politician in state history!

    If you don’t like Simmons I get it because you are not in agreement with his views. But come on.. put your money where your mouth is and put up another candidate!!! As long as the “good government” people in CT continue to support Dodd (and Gaffey too for that matter) the less credibilty you have. So continue to knock Simmons that helps your case enormously!!!

  5. Just so I understand this, your post is ripping Simmons because he has only raised $520 in two days for a Senate race that’s over a year away?

    Wow. You are truly worse off than I even imagined.

  6. Bruce Rubenstein

    Here is Henry Mencken — best journalist ever — on the very articulate and interesting Woodrow Wilson. Mencken is talking about his rhetorical gifts:

    Don…i would rank Damon Runyon,Studs Terkel and Upton Sinclair along with Mencken.Neither of them probably would tickle your fancy since they werent conservatives.

  7. Just so I understand this, your post is ripping Simmons because he has only raised $520 in two days for a Senate race that’s over a year away?

    This foolishness wouldn’t have even come to anybody’s attention if Heath didn’t feel compelled to post it up two days ago. Despite the free publicity, it doesn’t appear to have done very much for Simmons.

  8. Bruce Rubenstein

    Bruce, I don’t know where you get your info, but I think it’s nuts to be laughing at Simmons’ fundraising prowess before we see any numbers. (And $29,000 of online, small donations is no laughing matter.)

    Soooper..i wasnt laughing at him.I do think his fundraising prowess is light so far and he ( Simmons) is going to need far more then you allege he can raise.I say that with the authority of being a senior operative in some successful statewide races.But more importantly,for disclosure purposes I am a progressive democrat who does have lifelong friends that are or were highly placed republican officials.Some of these friends of mine I made while in law school and have remained my friends,regardless of party.Most of my republican friends them happen to be conservative,along the lines of Don and some are libertarian along the lines of ACR. While I disagree with them all the time and on most everything, they are telling me that they are supporting Sam Caliguiri who they think is a real alternative and closer to their conservative beliefs.My friends would include one who is a former republican party chair and certainly is not some outsider.

  9. Don…i would rank Damon Runyon,Studs Terkel and Upton Sinclair along with Mencken.Neither of them probably would tickle your fancy since they werent conservatives.

    Bruce,

    I wouldn’t be so quick to classify Mencken as a conservative. Maybe a contrarian in the style of Nietzsche, whose manner of writing he admired. I like Murray Kempton; he wasn’t a conservative. Bill Buckley’s friend and skiing partner John Kenneth Galbraith certainly wasn’t a conservative, but he was an elegant writer. Upton Sinclair was a muckraker, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Gary Will, a conservative no longer, is an able writer. Stud’s okay in my book. Mencken certainly was more influential than the others you mentioned, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

  10. Bruce Rubenstein

    Don…all those you mentioned and I mentioned had influence and are or were talented. It is difficult indeed to decide who had more “clout” certainly HL Mencken ranks right up there.

  11. This foolishness wouldn’t have even come to anybody’s attention if Heath didn’t feel compelled to post it up two days ago. Despite the free publicity, it doesn’t appear to have done very much for Simmons.

    Ha ha ha! Come on…

    TAKE A LOOK AROUND!

    I guess you can judge Simmons on two days worth if I can judge Dodd on his five donors from within the state after a 32-year political career.

    You guys sure can build a mountain out of nothing when you want to. I love it.

  12. Soooper..i wasnt laughing at him.I do think his fundraising prowess is light so far ..

    Depends how you define light. I would suggest that Dodd’s 4 CT residents who donated to him is light.

    I say that with the authority of being a senior operative in some successful statewide races.

    And surprisingly, as a senior operative, you weren’t one of the 4.

  13. Aggressive Nutmegger

    This only tells half the story though – for comparison you need to pull up Dodd’s online contribution page, which show’s that he’s currently raised $21,461 online from 241 donors. When I checked earlier last week his counter was at 240 donors.

    So by that measure Simmons is beating Dodd online in overall donations and, if we assume that his $520 raised since that widget went up is from more than just one donor, in pace of donors.

  14. Ichabod Crane

    Sarmerica, haven’t seen you post anything in awhile.

    Do you have anything positive to contribute to the site other than slampiece posts?

  15. Mr. Reality

    I’m sure if a Republican had the same sketchy bachground as Chris Dodd saramerica would be writing about his opponents $520!!!

  16. Bruce Rubenstein

    CtDude….when I give money I get to meet the candidate one on one…

    Oh…and I will be supporting Dodd…no surprise there though

  17. CtDude….when I give money I get to meet the candidate one on one…

    I understand. Dodd hasn’t been in state often so there hasn’t been much opportunity for you (or any others) to meet him one-on-one, or even in a group setting.

    I imagine he will — all of a sudden — be in the Nutmeg State more frequently — at least for the next fifteen months or so.

  18. He is about as exciting and interesting as salami on white bread with mayo.

    You don’t like Salami?

  19. Do you have anything positive to contribute to the site other than slampiece posts?

    Yeah, like some more shilling for Simmons?

    Pretty soon the Simmons campaign is going to have to start claiming in-kind donations from CLP on their financial reports.

  20. Pretty soon the Simmons campaign is going to have to start claiming in-kind donations from CLP on their financial reports.

    Oh, cry me a freaking river, Tinkle.

    As soon as PoopyScoopy and Gabe register as lobbyists for the Democratic Party and Election Day Registration, respectively, you’ve got a gripe.

    Until then, find yourself a sand pile and a big ol’ sledgehammer.

  21. As soon as PoopyScoopy and Gabe register as lobbyists for the Democratic Party and Election Day Registration, respectively, you’ve got a gripe.

    Heath was actually a paid employee of the CT Republican Party, while I don’t even know if the CT Dems would return a call from Scooper if he left a check with his message.

    Not to say that the opinions of a paid staffer are invalid, but I’m not sure the comparison is flattering to your argument here.

  22. As soon as PoopyScoopy and Gabe register as lobbyists for the Democratic Party and Election Day Registration, respectively, you’ve got a gripe.

    They’re not featured bloggers putting posts up on the front page that drive readers to their party’s candidate’s Google ads and websites.

  23. Heath was actually a paid employee of the CT Republican Party

    Was and was not a front page poster at that time.

    I don’t even know if the CT Dems would return a call from Scooper if he left a check with his message.

    Matt!

    I’m shocked shocked I say- that you would cast such aspersions upon such a loyal fellow Democrat as Anderson.

    We Republicans have long considered and often quoted Mr. Anderson as reflecting the thinking of most mainstream Democrats.

  24. AndersonScooper

    I fully expect Simmons to outraise Dodd in the coming cycle, due to the fact that Dodd’s inner circle of donors maxed out to him during the Presidential race, and thus, by rule, are prohibited from donating to this Senate campaign.

    Rob knows how this game is played. Heck, he raised $2.9 Million in his last congressional race. With this one’s high profile, and the polls in his favor, Simmons will be able to get to $10 Million, easy.

    The biggest fundraising questions are two-fold. 1) Will Caliguiri be able to get off the ground? and 2) Will Lieberman help Dodd out in exchange for Dodd’s help come 2012? (and will Dodd risk going there?)

  25. connecticutian

    I have always thought that giving political money was a vote for a candidate. In this case the voters are not buying Simmons at all. He is about as exciting and interesting as salami on white bread with mayo.

    Oh, and they’re unquestionably buying Chris Dodd for sure. Five donors, which is a HUGE number of donors, from Dodd’s home state is a HUGE sign he’ll win big on election night.

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