Thursday, January 7, 2010
Connecticut Governor Race: Will it be a Democratic or Republican Year?
While the Senate race is trumping all other news in recent days, we must also bring up the Governor race since current Gov. Jodi Rell has decided not to seek reelection. She has brought honor back to our state's government after the corrupt activities of former Gov. John Rowland. While this Republican governor has been so instrumental in helping our state even during this economic recession, the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly have been destroying our fiscal situation by bloating the size of government to unprecedented levels. While Rell has conducted herself with grace and honor, other members of Connecticut's state government have tainted our communal reputation, such as corrupt Mayor Eddie Perez and Sen. Chris Dodd, who was unfairly (and probably illegally) treated to special mortgage rates. Running on the Democratic side, Ned Lamont, who ran a disgraceful campaign against the successful, freedom-loving Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2006, is one candidate who will likely use his Greenwich funds to try to buy the election. Lamont would lose, in a crushing blow to the liberal, anti-war movement in the middle of the first decade of the 2000s. Susan Bysiewicz is a career politician who has managed to clinch the position of Secretary of State for many years. Many more candidates are running, but they probably do not have a chance to these two heavyweights. Of course, we know that the office of the governor has not been held by a Democrat is many years, and with the current path of the Obama administration, voters will not look kindly to their Connecticut proxies. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele, Tom Foley, and others are also running. According to Foley today, he is ahead in the polls. If they choose to campaign on lowering taxes, providing incentives for small businesses, and creating jobs, the Republicans will win in a landslide. If I had to guess today, we will have Mike Fedele as the next governor of our great state in November 2010. We will continue to monitor this issue.