Simmons says McMahon will defeat Blumenthal; Obama factor will help her

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.

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  1. This is a bold prediction. Much work still remains to reach many voters who are just beginning to tune into the election campaigns.

    Still, the election of a Republican Senator and three U.S. Reps would restore much needed balance in the CT Congressional delegation.


  2. Accountability Autumn Follows “Recovery” Summer

    We are at the end of Recovery Summer and beginning of Accountability Autumn. Our incumbent congressman, Jim Himes, is running for re-election in a tough economic and political climate for incumbents with his voting record. Across the country, incumbents such as Himes are downplaying their votes for the stimulus, Obamacare, and record deficits. While Congressman Himes may be vulnerable this year, the 2010 election may also be a great opportunity for him if he is able to survive. That is because 2010 will be as bad as it gets for Himes in terms of accountability. If he can get a majority of voters to accept the status quo, then he will be practically invulnerable in future elections. Generally, incumbents face their toughest re-election battle after their freshman term. In this case, Himes’ first term ends amidst 10% unemployment and two out of three voters in his district under the belief that Washington is on the wrong track. If he can overcome those odds, then he can do anything –- set aside his campaign season moderation and vote how he pleases in the future. If Himes can win this election, then Accountability Autumn may become as big a failure as Recovery Summer. So the question before the voters is whether or not the status quo is good enough? Because there may not be another chance at an Accountability Autumn like this one.


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