Former Democratic State Party Chairman John Droney’s segment with Republican Chairman Chris Healy on Channel 3’s “Face the State” aired Sunday morning—an interview from which current Dem Chairman Nancy DiNardo distanced herself immediately after word got out about what Droney said. She should run as far and as fast as she can from that interview.
The mini-controversy arose after Droney taped the sit down with Healy and host Dennis House Thursday night. House, whose show is at times so compelling it makes news before airing, reported on his blog that Droney basically said the party should say “no thanks” to the possibility that President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi might come to Connecticut. Healy apparently was all for the idea, saying it would help Republican candidates.
DiNardo was asked to appear on the show Thursday morning (it tapes Thursday night) but she had a family commitment she said she could not break. She told The Shad she suggested Droney when asked by House for a substitute. “He asked me for a ‘Democratic voice’ and I suggested Droney,” DiNardo said. “And that’s just who he is—a Democrat with a point of view. It just so happens the state central committee does not share his point of view. He doesn’t speak for the party,” she said. “We absolutely welcome President Obama. Of course he will help our candidates.” As for Pelosi? “That’s really up to the individual candidate for Congress. I know of no offer by her to come to Connecticut.”
It has already been reported that President Obama is coming to the state next month. Details are still to come.
As for an overall observation, Droney’s appearance was disastrous for Democrats. First, he is not TV-friendly as it pertains to appearance. Disheveled and titled to the left as if he was about to fall off the chair, Droney looks like he borrowed Doc Brown’s flux capacitor to return to 1990. Today’s Democrats in Connecticut owe a debt of gratitude to Droney for his long-time service to the party. He’s also a brilliant lawyer. Now just keep him off TV.
As for content, Droney said if he was running for US Senate, he’d “go negative all the time.” Wonderful. He also left unchallenged Healy’s characterization of actual US Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal as “a pathological fraud.” And he let slide Healy’s Freudian slip when talking about Linda McMahon. Healy said, “There are [also] plenty of Democrats who have tried to buy….” It was clear he was about to acknowledge McMahon was trying to buy a US Senate seat but Droney was either asleep or trying to think up his next clever comment for his buddy Healy.
Healy must have sensed an unworthy “spin” opponent in Droney because he even was allowed to perpetuate the lie that Blumenthal pledged not to accept PAC money in the US Senate race. He never pledged any such thing—never.
And just for measure, Droney really endeared himself to the host, telling House that even he, House, could get noticed if he spent $25 million as McMahon has. Nice job.