Former Congressman Rob Simmons predicts his former rival Linda McMahon will beat Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the race for the U.S. Senate. During a taping of “Face the State,” Simmons told me he supports Mrs. McMahon, who is on her way to a tremendous upset over Blumenthal, calling the Democrat’s campaign “lackluster.” “It is over for him,” Simmons went on to say.
The Stonington Republican also said the “Obama factor” will help McMahon to victory, and chided Blumenthal for appearing with the President Obama, suggesting it would hurt his campaign. The President’s approval rating in Connecticut is at 45%, down from 71% in 2009.
Simmons also predicted Republicans will win at least three of the congressional seats, forecasting Dan DeBicella to unseat freshman congressman Jim Himes, Sam Caligiuri to defeat Congressman Chris Murphy and Janet Peckinpaugh will beat Congressman Joe Courtney.
Simmons is spending most of his time helping the former television anchor in her first run for public office. Simmons believes the voters of his 2nd district are upset at President Obama’s policies, and that will lead to a Peckinpaugh victory. In 2006, Simmons was defeated when those same voters were upset at the President Bush’s policies.
You can watch the entire interview with Simmons this Sunday at 11AM on “Face the State.” Also on the program: former CT GOP Chairman Dick Foley with former Democratic chairman Ed Marcus. Green Party candidate for Congress Ken Krayeske rounds out the lineup.