Delegates Lining Up for Simmons

Delegate Counts 2010 State GOP Convention

The Simmons for U.S. Senate campaign just announced the endorsement of twenty State Central Committee Members in an e-mail to supporters:

“Rob Simmons has represented the Republican Party with honor every time he has been called upon, winning 8 of his last 9 campaigns,” said Richard Twilley of Hartford. “His experience is unparalleled, his integrity beyond reproach, and his commitment to public service unmatched. Rob Simmons is the strongest candidate we can nominate to lead us to victory in 2010.”

The announcement is significant because every State Central Committee Member is an automatic delegate to the 2010 State Convention in Hartford.  The State Central Committee’s 72 members and nine officers are assured to participate in the May 21 event.  This bloc of delegates will have a vote weight of 6.3%, making it far more valuable than any other single bloc of convention delegates.

Adding the State Central Committee endorsements to the Cafero endorsement from last week, the Simmons delegate count now stands at 21.

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18 responses to “Delegates Lining Up for Simmons

  1. Simmons remains the strong favorite, verified not merely by this delegate count, but by the relentless attacks from folks like Scoop, which prove he is the most feared candidate.

  2. One question at this juncture: Will Foley primary?

  3. Weicker Liker

    It’s much too early in the process for State Central Committee members and Republican Town Committees to make endorsements.

    From what I am hearing, the Simmons campaign has been acting like they are the only game in town.

    Ambassador Tom Foley’s effort is also gaining momentum and an increasing number of RTC Chairs believe he deserves a serious look.

  4. Even for us politicos, this kind of talk is premature, Heath.

    Honestly, I think its a bit too self-serving to use this blog as a pitch for every inch you think Simmons can fold his dollar bills as origami pieces taller. The graph is ridiculous. Can you remind me how many delegates there will be at this function? A couple thousand? I recall the last big convention I was at was held at the double-room of the Aqua Turf.

    And yet, here you report that… Simmons is in a DECISIVE lead with.. (drumroll) 22 votes. Wow…

    So apparently 22 votes will decide our next US Senator. How democratic. One more reason why the old guard of the Republican Party is waaay out of touch with what the average voter – to say nothing of the average Republican.

    News for Heath: There will be a primary. The question will be who will be in it. In the meantime, “news” like this belongs on campaign blog where you can toot your own horn. Otherwise, Caliguiri, Schiff and Foley deserve equal treatment. You have yet to repeat any of Caliguri’s announcements in like fashion, nor even mentioned Schiff’s money bombs (oh wait.. his name is missing from your graph).

  5. Weicker Liker
    From what I am hearing, the Simmons campaign has been acting like they are the only game in town.

    None of them that are in contact with state central members are acting like that.

    Rob Simmons is a total gentleman, all the time.

    Simmons clearly enjoys early substantial name recognition lead.

    Caligiuri sees the race as a marathon not a sprint and is quietly knitting together a coalition of his own; a task which closely resembles herding cats.
    Sam’s patient enough and enjoys a higher level of tenacity than most, so he could succeed at such an endeavor which would serve him well in a primary.

    The Foley camp remains quiet; no-doubt focused on raising more cash.
    A letter (or two?) to state central members is all we’ve seen.

    Wolcottboy
    nor even mentioned Schiff’s money bombs (oh wait.. his name is missing from your graph)

    What do we know about this guy anyway?

    Not a word out of him.
    No contact what-so-ever.

    He can raise money on the `net.
    Okay – what else?

    For all we know he’s a bi-sexual polygamist – Scientologist with 18 children spread out over 4 western states and male lover in P-Town.

    OR – it might even be something bad; like maybe he smokes or something!

    We know nothing of this guy.

    We thought we knew SC Gov. Sanford and look what happened there!

    The last thing we need is to run someone who could embarrass us half as badly as Dodd has his party.

  6. Honestly, I think its a bit too self-serving to use this blog as a pitch for every inch you think Simmons can fold his dollar bills as origami pieces taller. The graph is ridiculous. Can you remind me how many delegates there will be at this function? A couple thousand? I recall the last big convention I was at was held at the double-room of the Aqua Turf.

    I think the humid weather has made you irascible.

    As I noted in the piece, the 81 State Central Members make up 6.3% of the votes to be cast at the Convention. No one capable of simple math believes that 21 delegates is decisive.

    Addressing your substantive question; depending on how things shake out in the municipal races, there will be somewhere in the neighbhorhood of 1450 delegates to the Convention.

    And as for Mr. Schiff, Genghis covered the “Schiffathon”. As soon as he actually declares that he is in the race, then I’ll add Schiff to the graph. Until then, he stays in the same boat as the other potential candidates Jack Orchulli, Steve Simmons, and Linda McMahon.

  7. Schiff isn’t even an official candidate. Even if he does become one, he has no chance in hell.

    Calm down Wolcottboy.

  8. I really don’t have a horse in this race, but if the R’s put up a has been political hack like Rob Simmons they deserve what they get. Rob lost his last election because of his high negatives of previous votes and actions in the house. So what is is his message now……….”i’ll do better” I’m not Chris Dodd”

    Sam Caligiuri on the other hand is a candidate that is smart, great with a crowd, and has a history of working with both sides of the aisle and has very good friends that are Dem’s (like me) that would come out publicly for him over Dodd. Seriously, didn’t you learn anything from the last election, this state and country are tired of the same old losers and we will vote for someone we don’t even know before a tired old political hack. You would be fools to throw this opportunity away.

    But do want you want……… and we will end up with 6 more years of Dodd!

  9. Can we have the campaign hacks AT LEAST TRY to hack older accounts on this site instead of making obvious new ones to parrot their talking points?

  10. Look back at my old posts (some very old) or ask ACR………and you will quickly learn I’m clearly not a campaign hack.

  11. >>or ask ACR

    Uh…….?????

    I’m on ADD drugs already yet you expect me to place you from such an obscure reference?

    Rattle my cage – 860 919-8315
    -Doug Hageman

  12. Look back at my old posts (some very old) or ask ACR………and you will quickly learn I’m clearly not a campaign hack.

    Yea, OK…

  13. Weicker Liker

    ACR….

    In due respect, I did not attribute the “only game in town” to Rob Simmons personally.

    I am describing the “attitude” and “perception” that some RTC Chairs are getting from the campaign so far out from the Convention.

  14. Simmons is only the favorite because of name recognition. Thats it. He stands for nothing and if you watch his campaign videos he can’t even do anything without reading cue cards.

    He represents the very worst of the Bush years and the worst of the liberal agenda. Wars, trouncing civil liberties, votes for unbalanced Bush budgets but probably won’t vote for unbalanced Dem budgets, expanding govt waste, etc. He’s a snake. Do we really want TWO Joe Lieberman’s representing this state? Come on now people.

    Obviously if these committee people are already lining up behind Simmons it’s simply a you scratch my back I’ll scratch your back politics as usual situation. They wont even hear out the other candidates. Shame on Cafero.

    At least Caligiuri and Schiff are real fiscal conservatives. (Caligiuri more of a Reagan and Schiff more of a Goldwater). Foley I have no idea about so I wont say much there. But I would LOVE to see Simmons and Dodd be taken down.

  15. I have to agree with Newington1 that a Simmons victory would mean two Liebermans representing Connecticut. Like Lieberman, McCain, and Graham, Simmons is a neo-conservative par excellence.

    He has no record as a fiscal conservative, as a supporter of small government, or as a supporter of traditional values.

    Simmons’ record is that of an opportunist— co-sponsoring card-check to appease labor unions, trampling property rights to appease the green lobby, and rubber stamping foreign military adventures and unbalanced budgets to satisfy the Bush administration.

    Like Lieberman, Simmons is a neo-conservative who attempts to marry neo-conservatism with social liberalism.

    The issue here is that fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and social conservatives within the GOP are tired of being told to set aside their principles “for the sake of the party”— only to see this strategy lead to several cycles of defeats. Republican rank and file were told to sit-down and shut-up about the nomination of RINO John McCain. Most of us did, largely due to the threats posed by Obama. People may be done with Dodd, but they don’t want a return to neo-conservatism. Moreover, I think that the party insiders lining up behind Simmons completely underestimate the degree to which regular people are upset with insiderism and incumbentism and see Simmons, a career civil servant and politician, as a symbol of both of these things.

    Moreover, I think the fundamental issue is that the GOP is long overdue for generational change. The time has come for the likes for Rell, Shays, Johnson, and Simmons to recognize the need to hand off responsibilities to a new generation of republicans if they want to see the party grow.

  16. Mark, why should Simmons not act like he’s “the only game in town.” Is he supposed to give deference to his opponents? Are we socialists here? Rob is supposed to promote his opponents because they lag behind him in some fashion?

    newington1: LOL. You want the Bush years redux? TOM FOLEY is your man.

  17. >>Simmons is a neo-conservative who attempts to marry neo-conservatism with social liberalism.

    Simmons is a traditional New England Republican, nothing more, nothing less.

    Call my cell so I can read you the riot act.
    NO bad mouthing other Republicans unless they’re opposed to some Constitutional issue such as the 2nd.

    (*THOSE* Republicans are fair game however; tar & feathers or drawing & quartering are both acceptable. )

    Otherwise – No no no.

    Consider yourself severely scolded.

    Now sit up straight and behave yourself.

  18. Republitarian

    You don’t think anyone knows who Schiff is? He has no name recognition? Really???? He’s been all over the damned cable TV news shows !! If you don’t know who he and what he stands for then you’ve been living under a rock. (but if denial works for you then that’s ok)

    It looks like yet again the CT GOP is stuck in the olden days. Old candidates – old ideas. Simmons is a tried old retread. Come on people… yeah sure Simmons has name recognition – but that doesn’t mean it is GOOD name recognition!

    And please spare me the scolding – Republicans in CT need a reality check and some new blood along with it.

    State Central delegates need to wake up and stop peddling the same old same old, to the rest of us Republicans in the state.

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