The Wethersfield businesswoman seeking to become the first Republican since the 1950s to represent the 1st congressional district wasn’t surprised by the ctcapitolreport poll that showed her within 7 points of Democrat John Larson.
During a taping of Face the State, Ann Brickley told me despite the decidely Democratic tilt, the high unemployment rate in the district has created a strong voting bloc of unhappy people demanding change.
Brickley disagrees with Larson’s assessment that the economy is getting better and blamed him for supporting policies she says have contributed to the joblessness.
Also during the taping, Brickley wouldn’t divulge details of what was said, but revealed to me she received some advice from former U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor. O’Connor ran against Larson in 1998, and lost after waging an impressive campaign and getting the endorsement of the Hartford Courant. Brickley says there are lessons to be learned from O’Connor’s loss and the economic picture compared to ’98 makes the 1st district fertile ground for a GOP upset.
You can watch the entire interview with Brickley this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State.