Eddie Perez, Susan Bysiewicz and Richard Blumenthal in happier days, 2007 Photo courtesy: Ken Krayeske
This was a really, really bad day for Connecticut Democrats.
Within a two hour period and a four mile radius, the Democrats were the focus of three embarrassing stories as they head into the convention.
First, the Democrat with the highest approval ratings of any politician in the state faced allegations he lied about his military record. In a news conference broadcast all across the country, Richard Blumenthal told reporters he regretted that he “misspoke” about having served in Vietnam. Democrats could almost hear the poll numbers tumbling.
Later, across from the State Capitol at the State Supreme Court, the Democrats’ one time frontrunner in the race for governor and Blumenthal’s fellow constitutional officer was dealt a devastating blow. The high court ruled Susan Bysiewicz is not qualified to succeed Blumenthal.
On New Year’s Day she was the odds-on favorite to be our next governor, an office her party hasn’t been able to capture since 1986. Now, for the first time in more than a generation, this once rising star in the Democratic party probably won’t even be on a ballot come November.
Meanwhile, around the corner from the Supreme Court, the three term Democratic mayor of the capital city was away from his city hall office again, in court as a defendant in his corruption trial. Eddie Perez, the host mayor of the Democratic convention this weekend faces prison time if convicted.
To be fair, Connecticut Republicans have had their bad days, too, but this was certainly one of the worst days to be a “D,” unless your name is George Jepsen.