The New London DAY has an insightful opinion piece by former editorial page editor Morgan McGinley regarding the contrast between Governor Rell and the Connecticut Republican Party. The op ed piece can be summarized in the following quotes –
The national and state economic woes have not yet hurt the governor with voters. Rell continues to outflank Democrats in the legislature and win the consistent favor of state residents by dint of an earnest demeanor and a carefully cultivated public relations campaign.
The unfortunate part for Republicans is that Gov. Rell’s personal appeal has not translated into significant Republican gains.
But Healy’s words remain prophetic. Elections are won by organization and vigorous campaigns. In both categories, the state Republicans need to outwork Democrats to make gains.