Cafero Endorses Simmons for Senate

Rob Simmons’ campaign for U.S. Senate got a boost today from House GOP Leader Larry Cafero, who announced his endorsement of the former Congressman.

“Rob showed when he was elected to Congress that he could take on an entrenched, career politician who had forgotten what was important to Connecticut and what its residents valued. And after he won a seat in Congress, Rob came home every weekend and made sure his ties to the voters and taxpayers that sent him to Washington remained strong.

His endorsement marks the one of the few high profile endorsements we can expect to see in this race.  The Governor was reticent to endorse any candidate for President until hours before the February 5 primary and is likely not to get in the middle of an intra-party feud at all.

Cafero is popular with rank-and-file Republicans across the state for his strong advocacy of ‘No Tax Increase’ budgets, smarter spending, and a more limited role for state government.

But his role as House GOP Leader could make him valuable to the Simmons campaign in the near term.  Article III, Section 2, (6)(b) (PDF) of the Connecticut Republican Party Bylaws gives elected officials delegate status automatically – putting a block of delegates up for grabs immediately. 

With Cafero’s endorsement, Simmons will have a powerful voice within that caucus urging similar actions from other GOP State Reps.

delegatetracker2

With Cafero’s endorsement, the delegate count for the 2010 State Convention is Simmons – 1, Foley – 0, Caligiuri – 1 (himself).  Click the graph for a larger view.

Advertisements

14 responses to “Cafero Endorses Simmons for Senate

  1. Jump in this race, Peter Schiff!

  2. AndersonScooper

    Schiff could only win as an Independent.

    The CT GOP would never give him the endorsement, and even if he gains the signatures he’d need to force a primary, we all know the party apparatchiks would smear him across the state.

  3. I agree that the party establishment won’t support him, but I think (or hope) that primary voters are ready to hear Peter’s prescription for economic freedom.

    By running as an independent, he would just split the anti-Dodd vote, sending Dodd back to Washington.

  4. Weicker Liker

    FYI….

    AP Flash…

    Senate Ethics panel has cleared Senator Chris Dodd violating Senate rules in VIP mortgage deals.

  5. Weicker Liker

    Sorry…Reposting…

    AP Reports that the Senate Ethics panel has cleared Senator Chris Dodd of violating Senate rules in VIP mortgage deals

  6. The CT GOP would never give him the endorsement, and even if he gains the signatures he’d need to force a primary, we all know the party apparatchiks would smear him across the state.

    We know nothing about the man.

    That alone makes me pretty nervous.

    We know Caligiuri’s so straight that he’s no fun at a party – but by God the man is drop-dead honest; very intelligent and extremely well educated.
    He’s made it clear through his actions as acting mayor in Waterbury; and his history in the CT Senate that he will stay up and do his homework and never shows up without his facts straight.
    The man is fastidious in everything he does.
    Never so much as a hair out of place, never a poorly framed sentence, never a slip – ever.

    Further, he not only has repeatedly promised to never vote for a tax increase of any kind – he’s lived up to it.

    We know Simmons is a bonafide guy and despite his pleasant demeanor and tendency to be a soft spoken true gentleman; is probably the most fierce man to appear in CT since Israel Putnam, and Simmons is unquestionably even tougher than he was.

    Simmons is a true warrior who doesn’t take failure lightly and attacks every task with the same intensity as if his entire nation is dependent upon it.

    Some of us are amused by the fact that Simmons was Barry Goldwater’s Chief of Staff but is found by some tea-party people to be “not conservative enough”.

    I’ve only met Foley once – but he is a nice guy and to his credit not one of “those” rich guys that has an attitude.
    No matter how much dough someone has, most of us will put up with that Starbucks attitude for no longer than a few seconds before we simple walk away.

  7. Further, he not only has repeatedly promised to never vote for a tax increase of any kind – he’s lived up to it.

    But does he vote for increased state spending?

  8. Bruce Rubenstein

    What about Orchulli?

  9. We know nothing about the man.

    He’s in tens of thousands of youtube videos. Begin your search:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query=peter+schiff

  10. But here’s the best description of him to read:

    http://www.schiffforsenate.com/index.php/site/about/

  11. With Cafero’s endorsement, the delegate count for the 2010 State Convention is Simmons – 1, Foley – 0, Caligiuri – 1 (himself).  Click the graph for a larger view.

    [chuckling] … very funny….

  12. Further, he [Caligiuri] not only has repeatedly promised to never vote for a tax increase of any kind – he’s lived up to it.

    I’ve always wondered – what’s the purpose of SB-395?

    Some of us are amused by the fact that Simmons was Barry Goldwater’s Chief of Staff but is found by some tea-party people to be “not conservative enough”.

    That’s amusing is it? I looked up Simmons record.

    Simmons supports things like Cap and Trade (he cosponsored the Climate Stewardship Act). That’s not a limited government position.

    Simmons supports a massive expansion of federal police powers – he supports thought crimes laws (aka hate crimes), the PATRIOT Act, warrantless searches, national ID cards, the Military Commissions Act, and so forth. That’s not a limited government position.

    Simmons supports a moratorium on offshore drilling and prohibiting drilling in ANWR. That’s not an economiclly sound position.

    Simmons supports sending tax dollars overseas in foreign aid. That’s not a limited government position.

    Simmons has voted to fund welfare programs. That’s not a limited government position.

    Simmons voted for a massive expansion of government into health care (the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit). That’s not a limited government position.

    Simmons has voted to cut taxes while at the same time voting to increase spending, running up the debt and pushing an even larger tax bill further down the road. That’s not a limited government position.

    So you don’t know anything about Peter Schiff. What do you know about Rob Simmons? Why is he even a Republican? And if you support all of this crap – why are you? Is this what the Republican party is about these days?

  13. Great post, JP. What’s the point of “dumping Dodd” when we are replacing him with a Republican that’s just as bad?

    Anyway, I was just listening to a Schiff broadcast, and he said he will make his decision before labor day, and it is very likely that he will run.

  14. Anyway, I was just listening to a Schiff broadcast, and he said he will make his decision before labor day, and it is very likely that he will run.

    As of now he’s raised $661,845 with his Schiffathon. Don’t think he’s going to walk away from the race having generated that kind of cash in such a short period of time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s