Busy News Cycle

I was hoping to have a comprehensive post up on Courtney’s town hall in Woodstock last night, but the weather is too darn nice and I’m too darn spent from a long week. I’ll have it up tomorrow, by which point it’ll be old news! Instead, just thought I’d touch on a couple of things:

  • The room seemed pretty evenly split, with each side of the issue seeming more raucous than the other at varying times. One thing seemed clear, and Congressman Courtney also said something along these lines, at least in Eastern Connecticut there did not seem to be anything particularly conspiratorial about opposition to the bill. Congressman Courtney was allowed to speak his piece, and people were allowed to ask complete questions. That didn’t stop some from saying things that were pretty utterly incorrect though. More tomorrow.
  • Reactions are coming in on the Senate Ethics Committee’s decision not to investigate Dodd. DiNardo’s statement exclaims, “the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee announced what we all knew to be true: there is and never was any credible evidence to suggest that Chris Dodd ever violated any ethics rules concerning his mortgages.” Haven’t been able to find anything from Healy yet. I will update if a statement gets brought to my attention in the comments.
  • Frequent commenter tparty has a shot at a new BlackBerry Curve if he can pull off a win in the NetrootsNation Best Local Blogger contest. Even if you disagree with tparty, I think you should still text “state tparty” to 27336 for two reasons. 1. CT pride! and 2. That phone is really neat.
  • The Schiffbomb has schiffed a pretty respectable amount of money today. Has anyone schiffed the final numbers yet? Edit: Apparently over $700,000 raised today.

What’s the scuttlebutt?

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15 responses to “Busy News Cycle

  1. $700,000 raised so far online. Pretty impressive.

  2. Peter Schiff comes out of nowhere and raises over $700,000.

    And he hasn’t even announced that he is running.

    Amazing, simply amazing.

    http://www.schiffforsenate.com

  3. With regard to the healthcare townhalls, whether it’s union organization or insurance industry folks showing up, we’re all citizens, and have the right to assemble and have our voices heard, regardless of the industry we’re associated with. Trying to to discredit an entire assembly based on film of a single protester, or union speech-giver is ridiculous, and takes away from the primary debate – whether or not public sector bureaucrats can provide better, more affordable healthcare, to a broader population than the current system, or whether the current employer-provided system of health insurance should be abandonded in favor of a return to a broader free-market insurance system where consumers pay directly for their health-insurance policies, much the same way they do for all their other insurance policies. The current system, which is somewhere in the middle of a fully public, and a free-market system, and could be viewed as somewhat of a “bipartisan compromise”, the type of idea so popular amongst “moderates” and “independents” these days, has a lot of problems. The question then is; do we move to the left towards full public sector control, or towards the right, and greater consumer responsibility, liberty, and free-market options? I personally prefer the latter, as though it may not be perfect, it is truly the only affordable option, and that encourages innovation, and offers the most choices.

    Which leads me to my second comment, which is that Peter Schiff is the right candidate, at the right time in Connecticut’s history, to be to our state’s next U.S. senator. While I admire Mr. Cafero’s stance in the legislature against higher taxes, and personally had the opportunity to vote Mr. Simmons into office several years ago, at this particular point in time, Mr. Schiff is simply the best qualified person the state could put forward for this seat. His grasp of economic reality, and function, is unmatched by any of the other candidates.

  4. Peter Schiff comes out of nowhere and raises over $700,000.

    i’m curious how that breaks down for CT vs. out of state

  5. i’m curious how that breaks down for CT vs. out of state

    I’m sure the donations are very widespread. Peter has a broad base of support all across the country.

  6. I don’t particularly care to have people from out of state force a representative down my throat here in CT by buying him the seat.

    What office has Peter Schiff ever run for or held here? Has he ever participated in local or state government in CT? Sat on a town board? Spoken out at town meetings? Even written a letter to the editor of a CT newspaper? What percentage of his life has he lived in CT? Does he even vote in CT?

    Schiff doesn’t represent the people of CT – he’s never shown interest in CT issues. He’s nothing more than a carpetbagger who wants to benefit personally from the self-promotion of running for an office he has not earned. Let’s elect a Connecticut resident to represent us, not the candidate of the California libertarians and the teabaggers.

  7. KTinkel – by that basis of reasoning, Hillary Rodham Clinton should have never fun for senate in NY state.

    Who cares that he’s never held office in Connecticut? He’s been a longtime resident, and chose to base his very lucrative business here – contributing heavily to this state’s tax base in the process, I would guess. The senator he’s running against that’s supposed to represent us now is less in touch with reality in this state, and barely meets the requirements for living here.

  8. I don’t particularly care to have people from out of state force a representative down my throat here in CT by buying him the seat.

    That would make sense if he was running for a local office. But he is running for the Senate. The actions of senators affect everyone in the entire country, not just the states they are from.

    What office has Peter Schiff ever run for or held here? Has he ever participated in local or state government in CT? Sat on a town board? Spoken out at town meetings? Even written a letter to the editor of a CT newspaper? What percentage of his life has he lived in CT? Does he even vote in CT?

    Schiff doesn’t represent the people of CT – he’s never shown interest in CT issues. He’s nothing more than a carpetbagger who wants to benefit personally from the self-promotion of running for an office he has not earned. Let’s elect a Connecticut resident to represent us, not the candidate of the California libertarians and the teabaggers.

    You obviously know nothing about Peter. The fact that he not a career politician is a major positive. He is not going to Washington looking for a career. He already has a successful business. The only reason he would run is to try and change the direction of government before they drive this country off a cliff. He is not promising anything specific except freedom from government – going to government to put a stop to all the chaos they are causing, and then leaving. How is he going to benefit personally from this? He will be making a huge personal sacrifice by spending six years in the Senate, but he’s willing to do it if he thinks he can restore freedom to this country.

  9. Senators represent their states’ sovereign interests within the Senate. Senators are not elected in a national election, but in a state election by voters within individual states.

    I expect my Senator to represent the majority of Connecticut citizens and the best interests of CT — not a national minority group. Peter Schiff has spent the largest portion of his life outside Connecticut and is not exhibited any interest in, nor has he been involved in, matters of concern to the state of Connecticut.

    As for Peter Schiff’s self interest and self promotion, a Senate run in Connecticut heightens his profile, benefitting his book sales and his investment business. Were he elected, he would have the opportunity to affect legislation that would ultimately benefit his professional profile and his business. He will attempt to pass legislation to his benefit and then, as you point out, leave.

    Schiff is a pirate and he does not represent Connecticut’s interests.

    As the representative of the Ron Paul Libertarians, Peter Schiff should run on that ticket so as to clearly and honestly delineate his position.

  10. All Schiff is promising is freedom. He wants to keep the government out of our lives, jobs, and wallets. If you don’t think liberty is in the best interest of CT residents, I suppose we just have a fundamental disagreement.

    If the people of CT feel the same way as you, they are free to vote against him. The money raised will allow Peter to promote his message of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, and free markets. It’s up to the voters whether they accept it

  11. Car guy… I believe Schiff was born in New Haven, CT, but has spent most of his life outside the state. He was raised in New York and Miami. He returned to Connecticut in 2005. Not really a “longtime resident.” How many years has he *actually* resided in CT? Does he actually “reside” here or does he simply own a house here?

    His primary residence is being listed as being in Darien. How many other residences does he have, and in which states/countries? What percentage of time does he spend in each?

    One of his businesses is “based” in CT. In which states/countries does it have offices? In what states/countries are his other businesses based? Where are most of his employees based? How many people does he employ in CT and what percentage of his total employees do they represent?

    Perhaps you can point me to some information showing that Peter Schiff has involved himself with matters specific to Connecticut on a state or local level. Has he attended any town board meetings in Darien during the 4 years he has lived there? Has he addressed anything in Hartford — employment, taxes, industry? Has he spoken in support of any CT candidate for state or local or federal office up until now?

    In short, why should anyone in CT vote for Peter Schiff to represent our interests when there are candidates who have long histories of residence and of actively supporting the state throughout their public and private lives?

  12. In short, why should anyone in CT vote for Peter Schiff to represent our interests when there are candidates who have long histories of residence and of actively supporting the state throughout their public and private lives?

    I’m curious. What specifically do you believe “our interest” are?
    I’ve lived in Connecticut my whole life and I believe my interests are the preservation of my liberty, which Schiff has shown he enthusiastically supports. Once again, let the voters decide who they think can best represent them.

  13. Mark,

    As you say, this is an opportunity for Schiff to promote his message. I’d rather have a Senatorial candidate who promotes Connecticut’s.

    Where you are misguided, I think, is in believing that it is simply a matter of Connecticut residents voting for or against Schiff. If that were true, Schiff would have launched an independent campaign. Despite the fact that he has little to no chance of getting the Republican nomination, his organization is creating a national circus to generate massive amounts of money in an attempt to buy the Republican nomination. It is possible that a viable candidate who could defeat Dodd will be knocked out of contention because a national minority has decided to involve itself in our state’s business.

    What Schiff is doing is denying the people of Connecticut the opportunity for an election between/among the best candidates to, as you say, promote his message.

    I’m an extreme left Democrat and I support Dodd. That doesn’t mean that I don’t also support an electoral process in which the best candidates present themselves and their platforms to the electorate in a civilized manner and the electorate makes an educated choice. I want a really good Republican candidate with good ideas for my state and the country to go up against Dodd — because if the Republican gets elected (God forbid! 🙂 I’m going to end up having to live with him/her. So I find this Schiff circus pretty damned offensive. He has every right to run, certainly: he says he lives here and he has a house here, so I guess he qualifies. But let him run as what he is, not as a pretender to the Republican nomination who will do nothing more than disrupt the entire process to the detriment of a state in which he has no real interest.

    As for my liberty, I am quite free, thank you very much. I feel more threatened by the prospect of being governed by corporations and investment pirates whose only religion is the bottom line than I do by being represented by freely elected human beings.

  14. AndersonScooper

    If this is true, do you think the Hartford Courant will give it the front page headlines it deserves?

    My guess is that Schiff will get little, if any respect. Because he’s so not orthodox.

    What do you all think?

  15. State delegations main purpose is protecting their states freedoms.

    Freedom, for instance, from an out of control federal government that violates the constitution with the creation of the Federal Reserve.

    The states have failed miserably in protecting their states freedoms. They have, however, done a wonderful job of “promoting their interests.” The result being letting the Feds trample on the constitution and reduce our country to a bankrupt industrial shell.

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