LeBeau, Ostensibly, Is In

Democratic Senator Gary LeBeau is launching his exploratory committee for governor tomorrow at Goodwin College in his native East Hartford. The story on CapitolWatch contains all the important biographical details, but also contains some quotes that seem revelatory:

“Jodi Rell is a very, very kind, nice and generous woman. I like her very much. I just don’t think she’s a good governor. She’s got PSAs [public service announcements on television] all over the place from kids falling out of windows to smoking. It’s all motherhood and apple pie. When there’s tragedy, she appears. It’s much like Bill Clinton. She feels people’s pain.”

The article goes on to quote him talking about how much he likes her. Jodi Rell is certainly a very likable politician; I can’t help but think, though, that if he wants to compete with Malloy, Bysiewicz, et al., he’s going to have to settle on a message that isn’t all about how awesome Governor Rell is. My thought. Your thoughts?

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10 responses to “LeBeau, Ostensibly, Is In

  1. I think he’s absolutely right, but that doesn’t really make a case for electing him governor. When I worked at the Capitol and Rell was Lieutenant Governor, we had a couple brief conversations outside the Senate chambers. I like her a lot, but LeBeau is right, she doesn’t excel as governor… at all.

    That said, Jodi Rell being a nice person who isn’t good at her job has absolutely nothing to do with Gary LeBeau. Why should he be governor? He needs to come up with a reason or two.

    Malloy, Bysiewicz, et al.

    Right up there with Crusher for all time great Jim Amann nicknames.

  2. Funny thing is that you could say pretty much the same thing about LeBeau. He’s a nice guy and all, but what has he accomplished as a legislator?

    His bio says he’s “exhibited an unflagging devotion to the growth of Connecticut businesses and industries.” It then provides a few examples in which we learn that it was Senator LeBeau who “helped save” the Groton sub base “from the federal budget axe.” He also likes tax credits for businesses. Other than that, all he can come up with in the way of legislative accomplishments over the past two decades is, that he “championed a transportation study of the Buckland shopping mall area and a legislative Task Force on Fatherhood.”

    So, he’s pro-subs, pro-business tax credits and pro-fatherhood.

    Are we sure he’s a Democrat? 😉

  3. I personally don’t feel that Gary LeBeau has done anything of significance, maybe he gets re-elected because he’s a nice guy, I don’t know. I have never voted for him even though I normally vote democratic. This may seem small, but I resented seeing him use a state car (possibly state gas) to drive his son around town to deliver his daily newspapers. I thought state cars should be used for state business only, not for personal use.

  4. I personally don’t feel that Gary LeBeau has done anything of significance, maybe he gets re-elected because he’s a nice guy, I don’t know. I have never voted for him even though I normally vote democratic. This may seem small, but I resented seeing him use a state car (possibly state gas) to drive his son around town to deliver his daily newspapers. I thought state cars should be used for state business only, not for personal use.

    State legislators in CT don’t get cars. They can pay a small fee for a legislative license plate — which is why you see a wide variety of cars in the LOB.

  5. Low name recognition? Nothing of significance?

    You’re kidding!

    How many times did we watch Waterbury luminary Bob Crane slip outside the wires right under Schultz’s nose, with a little divisionary help by the real hero, LeBeau — the master chef whose apple strudel proved irresistible to the portly Sergeant.

    AND he can sew!

  6. I personally don’t feel that Gary LeBeau has done anything of significance, maybe he gets re-elected because he’s a nice guy, I don’t know.

    Nice guy or convicted felon it really wouldn’t matter. Lebeau gets re-elected because he is a Democrat and East Hartford is in the district. It really is that simple.

  7. Dempsey Dem

    Gary LeWho? Down here in the land of a thousand pools and at least twice that many Republicans, to say Gary Le Beau is virtually unknown. Thats not too surprising, in a county where you need an ‘R’ in front of your name for a proper introduction from Greenwich to Westport.

    Danl Malloy is the only candidate that has the name recognition and credentials to cut into Jodi’s base. While Rell ran the Republican playbook of blaming the Dems for everything, and then accomplishing nothing, Malloy actually worked out a budget for Stamford which worked…May have stepped on a few toes in the process, but at least he has product.

    TheRepublican strategy of marching in lockstep, opposing anything that vaguely resembles a Democratic plan, while going nowhere reminds me of the moonwalk – the fans love it, but it only works when your going backwords

  8. How many times did we watch Waterbury luminary Bob Crane slip outside the wires right under Schultz’s nose, with a little divisionary help by the real hero, LeBeau — the master chef whose apple strudel proved irresistible to the portly Sergeant.

    That’s really very good.

  9. Low name recognition? Nothing of significance?

    That really was a stroke of genius, thanks!

    Lebeau for Governor?

  10. pintofguinnessdraft

    It looks as if the Communists are meeting at the State Capitol tommorrow http://ctpeoplebeforeprofits.blogspot.com/. Bring on the Reds! Rep. McCluskey is backing away now that the curtain has been pulled away from this communist group. I must assume Speaker Donovan is behind them all them way. They are going to dress up like Million and Billionaires?? They have already forced thousands of residents to live CT and now they want more.

    If Speaker Donovan believes in his heart government should run our day to day lives he should come out and say so. This group coming to the Capitol Thursday believes socialism is the best replacement for a capitalist system. They say capitalism no longer meets the needs and requirements of the great majority of our people.

    Question: Should we raise taxes on those who create the jobs we desparately need to keep? Speaker Donovan is taking matching orders from the communists with his progressive income tax scheme and socialized medicine proposal. Doesn’t the Speaker know socialism has failed most of Europe.

    http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/2009/07/political-theater-with-a-serio.html#comment-120373

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