Shays Confident He Will Win Convention and Primary

Buoyed by new poll numbers showing him a stronger candidate in the general election than Linda McMahon, former congressman Christopher Shays said tonight he will defeat the 2010 nominee at the state GOP convention in May, and then beat her in the primary in August. 

During a taping of Face the State with Dennis House, set to air Sunday on WFSB  Hartford, Shays called McMahon’s last campaign a “miserable failure,” and blamed her for dragging down the GOP ticket.  He said Republicans will start to desert McMahon because of the new Quinnipiac University poll numbers.    The poll found McMahon leads Shays 51% to 42%  in the race for the primary, but in the November election matchups, Shays runs neck and neck with either former secretary of the state Susan Bysiewicz or congressman Chris Murphy,  while McMahon  loses to both by double digits.

“The reason I can win this, is because Republicans want this seat.  They haven’t had it in 30 years.  They know I can win, they know she can’t win. ”    Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-4) on Face the State with Dennis House 

Shays told me among those who are telling him McMahon can’t win, are those who have already endorsed her.    The two, along with the other Republicans, will face off in a debate on April 22, to be seen right here on Channel 3.

The last Republican elected to represent Connecticut in the U.S. senate was Lowell Weicker.    The only other Republican elected in the past 50 years was Prescott Bush.   Shays also talked about voters in Connecticut tiring of one party rule.

You can watch the entire interview with Shays this Sunday morning at 11, and we also have analysis on the race from Rick Green of the Hartford Courant and Ray Hackett of the Norwich Bulletin.

UPDATE:  Here is the interview with Christopher Shays http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6876125

Analysis from Rick Green and Ray Hackett:  http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6876131

3 replies »

  1. My only question is why do we all spend so much time and money over politics so many months and sometimes years before an election?? Years back the election push started at the earliest July 4th and in locals Labor Day Weekend.

    Sad it now takes millions and TV to get out the ideas right or wrong.. 5th Avenue does NOT get my vote neither does ROBOCALLING.. Shale my hand I’ll vote for you..

    A Connecticut Voter


  2. I hope Connecticut voters realize that they have in Congressman Shays a winning candidate….one who brings integrity, honor and a depth of knowledge and experience needed to address both domestic and national security issues facing this country .


  3. And we want to have “RINO Supreme” Chris Shays represent conservatives in CT? Anyone ever examine his voting record? It’s virtually indistinguishable from your garden variety deep blue liberal Democrat Congressman.

    No thanks, Chris. No sale.


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