The House Conservatives Fund (HCF), a campaign group backing GOP candidates, has identified 10 Democratic incumbent congressmen as targets in this fall’s midterm elections. Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5th) is on the list. The HCF says it will provide logistical and financial help to those challenging the incumbents. Of course, that list includes state Sen. Sam Caligiuri (R-Waterbury).
Murphy is a curious choice to make the Republican list. He remains very popular and in the last election cycle, easily dispatched state Senator David Cappiello. The Republican group seems to have confidence in Caligiuri, who at times impressed as a state senator. Of the House Conservatives Fund, US Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina says, “This group serves as a wakeup call to the liberal Washington establishment.”
When it comes to vulnerable congressmen in Connecticut, US Rep. Jim Himes is usually the one mention. Himes, though, has kept a high profile and has worked hard during his first term and an impressive opponent has yet to emerge.
Certainly not to be outdone, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has its own list of Republicans they are targeting in November. That list includes US Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson, still semi-famous from the state of the union address.
Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy was stirring with his well-orchestrated filing of papers to become an official candidate for governor. He has been “exploring” a run for more than a year. It’s to the candidates’ fund-raising advantage to remain in “exploratory” mode rather than an official candidate. Malloy is now limited to $100 donations as part of the new public financing.
Malloy’s biggest rival, Ned Lamont, has opted out of the public financing system he once supported. Now that it works for him, Lamont will use his personal millions for the campaign.
“Patrick Scully—author of The Hanging Shad, Democrat who will criticize or praise regardless of party, plays hockey, loves the Zamboni.” That’s how my entry might read on Susan Bysiewicz’ taxpayer-funded database. The near laughable “notes” that accompany some entries has drawn fire from two other Democratic candidates for attorney general, state Rep. Cameron Staples and former state Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen.
“This database was used to further her political ambition,” Jepsen said told the Hartford Courant. “This is a misuse of state resources and taxpayer money. She violated the personal privacy of the citizens who approached her office for help — she owes them an apology.”
“The violation of people’s right to privacy is truly shocking,” Staples said. “No one should be concerned when they seek assistance from the state that their personal information will be publicly displayed. This database ought to be deleted.”