SUNDAY TALK

For the second week in a row, Dennis House’s Face the State on Channel 3 made headlines before it even aired. Republican candidate for US Senate Rob Simmons told House at the taping of the show Thursday that he is back in the race after deactivating his campaign following his nominating convention loss to Linda McMahon. Last week, House had Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont on the ropes for not debating Dan Malloy. Lamont opened the door to participating only to have his campaign slammed it shut. He continues to get hammered on the issue.

Simmons says he is back in the race after getting advice from former Governor Lowell Weicker and author and conservative commentator Ann Coulter. After listening to those two, he sees reason to get back in? One is a bloviating has-been whose best days were in the 1990s. And the other is Lowell Weicker—who pulled the biggest bait and switch the state has seen in decades. Simmons added that he has also heard from FOX News commentator Sean Hannity about having a debate on his show. Strike three.

Simmons also made it clear that Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal’s misrepresentation of his Vietnam-era military service will be an issue. Simmons said Blumenthal never apologized for claiming he served in Vietnam (actually, he did).

Three Republican candidates—one for congress and two for statewide offices—appeared with the incomparable Tom Monahan on NBC Connecticut (Channel 30). 2nd District Congressional candidate Janet Peckinpaugh impressed, showing her ease and comfort in front of the camera. The former news anchor told her former colleague Monahan that incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney is out of touch with the people of the district. Daria Novak is the Republican party-endorsed candidate.

Lt. gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton and attorney general contender Martha Dean were also guests. Dean is unhappy with Republican rival Ross Garber’s tactics saying he got into the game late (days before the convention). Garber certainly seems to have the momentum going into August.