This weekend on Face the State we continue our look at the candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Joe Lieberman. This Sunday, Democrat Matthew Oakes is our guest. Oakes is certainly outspoken, taking shots at the two big names in the race, Susan Bysiewicz and Chris Murphy. He also took a swipe at me a while back at a campaign stop. I don’t mind; it comes with the job.
Oakes is a self-admitted longshot, who says he is running because he is “honest,” implying that some of the other candidates, perhaps, may not be. Oakes, who is disabled after a vicious beating a decade ago, was recently excluded from a forum and a debate. During the taping for this weekend’s Face the State, Oakes told me fellow Democrats Bysiewicz and Murphy, whom he referred to as “Susan” and “Chris,” told him they wanted him included. Looking back on it, though, Oakes believes they were just paying him lip service.
Oakes also ripped Bysiewicz for her stint as secretary of the state, “what she did was illegal,” and Murphy for his votes in congress (calling one of his votes offensive) and his attendance record. “I don’t think he has the best interests of the citizens at heart.”
This Sunday, Oakes explains how he will stay in the race through the primary, regardless of his longshot status.
You can watch the complete interview this Sunday at 11AM on Face the State, only on Channel 3.
update: here is the interview: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6826086