Wednesday, November 08, 2006

NO MORE NANCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buh bye.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stop Reading This and Get to Work!

I'm sorry if you've been disappointed with the lack of updates this week, but I've been busy volunteering for the Murphy campaign. They need all the help they can get, so turn off the computer and get out there! There's only two more days for us to convince voters to oust Nancy Johnson. Now's the time to act!

Volunteer for Chris Murphy by calling their headquarters at (860) 223-5522

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

As Connecticut Goes, So Goes the Nation

Need any more evidence of the importance of the congressional races in Connecticut? Here's Chris Cillizza's thoughts from The Fix. Get out there and volunteer for Chris Murphy!
Connecticut May Be a Barometer on Election Night

For the last year strategists in both parties have debated which of the three House races in Connecticut represents Democrats' best chance of a takeover on Nov. 7.

By the numbers, it's the eastern Connecticut 2nd District which Rep. Rob Simmons (R) has held since 2000, despite the fact that it was carried by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) with 54 percent in 2004. By the level of attention from national Democrats its the 4th District where Rep. Chris Shays (R) is trying to fend off 2004 nominee Dianne Farrell (D).

But, by the polling (and the motto of The Fix could well be "In polling we trust"), it is Rep. Nancy Johnson (R) in the northwestern Connecticut 5th District who appears to be in the most dire of straits.

A new poll commissioned by the Hartford Courant and released today shows state Sen. Chris Murphy (D) ahead of Johnson 46 percent to 42 percent. (Recent surveys conducted for the Courant showed Simmons leading 2002 nominee Joe Courtney 46 percent to 44 percent and Shays and Farrrell tied at 43 percent.)

Johnson's long tenure in Congress -- she has served in Washington since 1982 -- appears to be working against her in the eyes of voters. Forty-six percent of those tested agreed with the idea that "electing challengers is a good idea because they offer change," while just 30 percent thought "electing incumbents is a good idea because they offer experience." Twenty-two percent were undecided on that question.

The incumbent is also struggling to shed the baggage of President George W. Bush's dismal approval numbers in the state. Thirty-five percent of 5th District voters approved of Bush's job performance, while 61 percent disapproved. As we've seen time and again in national and district-level surveys, just 19 percent "approved" of the job Bush was doing while 49 percent "strongly disapproved" -- suggesting an imbalance in energy between the two party bases. Johnson's approve/disapprove is healthier (45 approve/42 disapprove), but 77 percent of those tested said she "follows the Republican party line set by President Bush" either "very closely" (34 percent) or "somewhat closely" (47 percent).

All of those internal measures spell trouble for Johnson. And remember that the Courant poll comes after Johnson has already spent more than $4 million on her re-election campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month. At that time, Murphy had spent roughly half of Johnson's total.

If the political environment is as bad in Connecticut as it appears nationally for Republicans, it may not matter how much Johnson spends. What once looked like Johnson's trump card -- her long experience in Congress and the campaign cash that it can produce -- now is working against her. And Murphy's biggest weakness -- he is 32 and looks 22 -- may actually be accruing to his benefit.

Republican strategists privately acknowledge that Johnson is in a dog fight and are clearly worried about her chances. If you're looking for a way to grade how large (or small) Democratic gains will be on election day, Connecticut is a very good place to look. Win zero or one seat and Democrats may come up short of the 15 seats they need nationally to take control. Win two and the majority looks likely. Win all three and a gain of 25 seats or more is possible.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Murphy Leads Johnson

Today the Hartford Courant released its first poll of the fifth district race, and the news is great for Chris Murphy. The results show Murphy leading 46%-42% with 9% of voters still undecided.



More poll details from the Courant:
“These results paint a picture of a very vulnerable incumbent,” said Monika McDermott, the UConn poll’s research director. “Likely voters aren’t happy with Johnson’s performance, and they say they’re ready for a change.”

The UConn poll also points to the importance of another national and state trend – the rise of unaffiliated voters. In the poll, Johnson is predictably far ahead of Murphy with Republican voters, by 83 percent to 16 percent.

Among Democrats in the sample, Murphy is ahead by 77 percent to 16 percent. But the two “major” parties now represent just 55 percent of the registered voters in the 5th Congressional District, with 45 percent of voters registering as either unaffiliated or minor party members.

“These independent voters prefer Murphy over Johnson 45 percent to 36 percent,” McDermott said. “That’s a preference among unaffiliated voters that could well decide the outcome in this race.”

The UConn poll found that 9 percent of voters are still undecided and that the “soft” support for each candidate is about equal. (Among Johnson voters, 17 percent said they may still change their mind by Election Day; 15 percent of Murphy supporters say the same.) But McDermott said that these are fairly typical numbers coming into the last week of an election, and it’s very hard to predict how the undecided voters will eventually break out.

Geographically, the UConn poll also shows Johnson in trouble in one crucial area of the district – the affluent, educated Farmington Valley suburbs of Avon, Canton, Simsbury and Farmington. In her past two elections, Johnson has racked up tallies of 60 percent or more in these towns. But the UConn poll apparently shows that Johnson’s support there has been cut roughly in half, with Murphy leading among likely Farmington Valley voters by 52 percent to 36 percent.

The 5th District race got off to a negative start in April, when the liberal advocacy group, MoveOn.org, attacked Johnson with ads accusing her of getting caught “red-handed” supporting the controversial Medicare Plan D for prescription drug reimbursement and for failing to question Iraq war contractors. Johnson quickly replied with negative ads against Murphy.

This atmosphere of negativity, however, seems to have hurt Johnson more than Murphy. When the sample was asked whose ads have been more negative, 34 percent said Johnson’s, and 29 percent said Murphy’s ads were more negative.

Murphy, reached Sunday afternoon while campaigning in Torrington, said the UConn poll results fell roughly in line with internal polls conducted by his campaign since the summer, which have showed that he has gradually closed the gap and pulled even with Johnson.

This race is ours! It's time to get out there and win over the 9% of undecided voters. Get off the computer and volunteer for the Murphy campaign! Just one more week of work to ensure the 24 years of Nancy Johnson ends!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Murphy Makes the Case, Johnson a Disgrace

As the congressional race in the fifth district begins to hit the home stretch, Chris Murphy has released a new ad that makes his final case to the voters. Murphy speaks directly into the camera about the need for change in Washington. The line of the ad comes when Murphy says of Johnson: "She's not a bad person, but she's become part of the problem."

While yours truly may take exception to the first half of Murphy's statement, its power is not lost on me.

While Murphy's ad seeks to have a serious conversation with the voters, Nancy Johnson's latest ad is a complete joke and another sign of desperation. Johnson sinks so low as to hire an actor to impersonate Murphy and then goes on to make outrageous lies about Murphy's record. According to Nancy, Murphy is not only a tax raising politician, but he also loves sex offenders and drug dealers. Oh yeah and don't forget he loves Al-Qaeda too.

Memo to Nancy...If you want to completely slander your opponent you should at least make attacks that are slightly believable. Nobody is buying this Nancy. Your increasing desperation is becoming quite laughable.

Let's leave it to Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant to handle this:

Casting call, Nancy Johnson campaign. People are talking about re-election campaigns hitting a new low with Johnson's latest TV ad. Frankly, I think it's a new high ... in hubris and deceit.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against negative ads.

It's a tradition of American elections and it goes back to the beginning of our democracy.

I think it's fair political game to attack an opponent's record, even to distort it for your own purposes, as long as there is some truth to it. I think it's fair to make your opponent look like the devil himself and to use his own true words and record against him. The operative word is "true."

And I like a good laugh. Johnson's ad would be funny if she didn't have the power to sign her name to a piece of paper and make your life miserable, expensive and extremely complicated, as she did for our senior citizens with that Medicare drug bill that was mostly written by the pharmaceutical companies.

Talk about being a friend of drug dealers. Nancy Johnson is their best pal.

But to hire an ACTOR to portray your opponent hanging with pushers? Wow, even Karl Rove never thought of this one. The possibilities are endless and disturbing.

I can only hope that the ad backfires and the good, rational people of the 5th District will respond by voting this fabricator out of office.

She should be ashamed of herself, but she's been in Washington for so long, I think she's forgotten how.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Johnson Calls War in Iraq a Distraction

Over 2,700 American soldiers dead...More than 20,000 wounded...More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed...Over $500 billion spent...

What does all of this add up to for Nancy Johnson?

Apparently nothing more than a distraction.

You really can't make this stuff up folks. In a story appearing in The Register Citizen, Nancy Johnson criticizes Chris Murphy for talking about the war in Iraq, saying that it is merely a distraction and that she has no control over it. I know it's hard to believe that even Nancy would say something that stupid so read it for yourself:
Johnson accused Murphy of distracting voters by bringing forward national issues such as the war in Iraq.

"I believe some very serious mistakes have been made," she said of the conflict overseas.

Johnson added that she wished to concentrate on issues more local to Connecticut that fall within the realm of her position's control.

"Nancy Johnson calling this war a distraction is just as offensive as the President calling it is a comma," Murphy said Friday. He added that Johnson had voted for the war and that congress could control the war.
You've got to be kidding me! Iraq is nothing more than a distraction? Then I guess Johnson would agree with Bush's belief that Iraq is "just a comma." These are the supposed leaders of our country? I'll let Jack Cafferty handle the outrageousness of these statements:


Since Nancy Johnson views Iraq as nothing more than a distraction, I guess it should come as no surprise that she has opposed helping Iraq veterans. Johnson has voted against increases in pay and healthcare for our troops. Fortunately, we have the DCCC to remind us of her record:

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New York Times "Strongly Endorses" Murphy

Today, the New York Times endorsed Chris Murphy for Congress. The endorsement marks the first time in the last two decades that the Times has not endorsed Nancy Johnson. Additionally, this stands as the earliest date in the last two decades that the Times has declared its endorsement of a candidate. Read the full endorsement for yourself below:
Nancy Johnson is running for her 13th term in Congress this year against Chris Murphy, a Democratic state senator. Ms. Johnson was once a reliable Republican moderate, waging a lonely battle to control Congressional spending in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Her attention to legislative details remains impressive, and she can claim some worthy achievements on issues like the environment.

Yet as she has risen in seniority and power within the Republican House Caucus, Ms. Johnson has receded as a critic of her party's far right leadership. Now Ms. Johnson is in the odd position of defending her party's assault on basic civil liberties and its freespending ways. A Republican Congress and the Bush White House have produced budgets that have paid for an unpopular war along with big tax breaks for the wealthy, resulting in the biggest deficits in history.

In the race, Ms. Johnson has used fearmongering commercials that try to paint Mr. Murphy as soft on terrorism and, most curiously of all, a big spender. It is unconvincing. Ms. Johnson is the senior member of an important committee. She has served longer in the House than any other Connecticut representative. Yet she has not been able to change significantly the House GOP leaders' reckless fiscal policy or its radical agenda.

Mr. Murphy, a lawyer, is impressive. He has spent eight years in the Connecticut House and Senate. He pushed for the state to adopt a system of campaign finance reform when he first entered the House, long before this was considered an important issue. He helped pass legislation that made it easier for uninsured to obtain health insurance. He wants to work on the same issue in Congress.

Mr. Murphy believes the war in Iraq has forced America into a false choice between war and civil liberties and has made us more vulnerable to terrorism. He advocates a timetable for withdrawal. Ms. Johnson has supported the war and has voted to continue the current open-ended commitment.

We've supported Ms. Johnson in the past, but are disenchanted with her support of her leadership's radical agenda. Mr. Murphy would be a strong candidate in any race, and even against a seasoned incumbent, is impressive. He would make a superb addition to Congress. We strongly endorse his candidacy.