Archive for August, 2012

August 15th, 2012

Analysis: Maps Hold Clues To November Election

by Christopher O'Brien

By Susan Bigelow  | CTNewsJunkie

When Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty won their respective primaries Tuesday night, they did so by outperforming their opponents in crucial regions. The maps for both 5th Congressional District primaries make these geographical patterns clear, and might give us a clue as to how the race will develop in the general election.

Republicans

Regional factors played more into this primary than the Democratic one. Sen. Andrew Roraback did extremely well in his northwest corner state senate district, often running up huge margins against his opponents. However, the farther from home he got…

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August 15th, 2012

Esty Finds Support in Wolcott; Greenberg Wins Town but Loses District

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents voted in a crucial primary Tuesday that offered vastly different visions for US Congress. The conservative Republican town favored onservative Mark Greenberg on the Republican side and while newcomer Dan Roberti did well in the 2nd district at Wolcott High School, most Democratic voters favored Elizabeth Esty in the battle for the open 5th District. Wolcott was just one of 41 towns in the vast district that stretches from Meriden and Simsbury to Danbury and Salisbury.

In the US Senate race, Republican McMahon demolished Chris Shays with 91%.

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August 14th, 2012

President Clinton Calls Wolcott Voters

by Christopher O'Brien

Contributed photoMary Weber, who supports Elizabeth Esty’s candidacy in the 5th Congressional District, was not impressed when she received a robocall from former President Bill Clinton Monday.

The robocall paid for by Dan Roberti’s campaign and the subsequent live phone call from an unknown source told Weber that Clinton supports the 30-year-old.

“You’re full of crap,” Weber recalled saying into the phone.

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August 13th, 2012

Lisa Wilson- Foley

by Christopher O'Brien

Biography

Lisa Wilson – Foley is certainly one of the most enthusiastic candidates during this year’s race, and it is no wonder that this successful businesswoman and mother of seven is stepping outside of her comfort zone to run for US Congress. Having started a physical therapy business at age 29, she also owns and operates a variety of family friendly businesses in the north Farmington Valley. These include a bowling alley, ice cream shoppe and golf course. Earlier this year, she opened a pharmacy to supply her family’s rehabilitation businesses.

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August 12th, 2012

Mark Greenberg

by Christopher O'Brien

Mark GreenbergBiography

Mark Greenberg is a businessman and entrepreneur born on Long Island, although his parents ran a camp in Goshen CT. He currently lives in Litchfield with his wife and four children. He is Jewish.

After graduating from Cornell University, he founded two companies that latched on to the new field of mobile telephone communications. In fact, his company, Adirondack Mobile Telephone supplied pagers and phones during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

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August 12th, 2012

Justin Bernier

by Christopher O'Brien

Justin Bernier

Biography

37 year old Justin Bernier is the oldest in a family of 9 children. He grew up in Farmington and is an Eagle Scout later attending Fordham University. He earned a master’s degree in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland and a second degree in Int’l Relations from Georgetown Univerisity.  He lives with his wife Jennie and two daughters in Plainville. They attend St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington.

Bernier’s earlier career was serving as a senior legislative aide to then Congressman Rob Simmons. A Congressional newspaper noted that Bernier “fought doggedly and successfully to save the New London Submarine Base”. 

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August 12th, 2012

Editorial: Why Roraback Will Alienate Republicans in November

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

As Republicans decide whom to vote for in August 14th’s primary, they should keep in mind two factors in who to choose as our nominee. Who is most electable? And who has the right foundational principles to LEAD our country through the problems we face today? And if the right candidate has life skills that could lend to working with 434 fellow legislators, all the better. In past years, we’ve selected nominees who have failed in one or the other.

 

In fact, 2009, Roraback and the rest of the Senate Republicans went along with then Gov. Jodi Rell’s proposals to raise taxes, double motor vehicle and licensing fees.

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August 12th, 2012

Andrew Roraback

by Christopher O'Brien

Biography

Andrew Roraback is the 5th generation of his family to live in the northern Litchfield County and comes from a long tradition of Rorabacks schooled in law and politics. One of his relatives, Henry Roraback was the most power Republican from 1912 and 1935, having passed the State Bar without any schooling and also founding CL&P. Another prominent relative is Catherine Roraback who was the lead attorney in the landmark Supreme Court Case Griswold vs. Connecticut. That case established expanded privacy rights under the ‘penumbra of the Constitution” and is given credit for the later Roe v. Wade case in 1972 legalizing abortion.

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August 12th, 2012

Election Information and Profiles

by Christopher O'Brien

Below is our Election links and coverage.

The profiles below are written by the Wolcott Whisper for Republican candidates. Democratic profiles are done by the staff at the Torrinton Register- Citizen. They are well written and readers can discern the subtle differences and priorities of the candidates.

1. Our editorial can be found HERE.

2. Each of the Republican candidates generally are in agreement on the issues of 2nd amendment, and job creation. Each candidate differs more greatly on social issues, as well as the role of government mandates and issues such as the environment. Click on their name to read their profile. Additional links are also included.

Justin Bernier        Mark Greenberg        Andrew Roraback          Lisa Wilson – Foley

3. Three Democrats are vying for the Congressional seat in the 5th District. Each of the candidates agree on social issues like abortion and gay marriage, but differ in their background and plans for economic growth.

Chris Donovan      Elizabeth Esty      Dan Roberti

4.  A Republican debate was held in Brookfield held on August 7th

5. A Democratic debate held in Litchfield on August 8th.

August 10th, 2012

Donovan Defends Record in Southbury

by Christopher O'Brien

Donovan speaks to the Democratic Club in Heritage Village Photo: Christine Stuart

By Christine Stuart

Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson told the Heritage Village Democratic Club Thursday that it really irks him when he hears people say they don’t want to send a career politician to Congress.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

“You don’t become Speaker of the House overnight,” Edelson said.

Edelson cited Donovan’s experience as a lawmaker for 20 years and his ability to bring people together as two reasons he’s supporting him on Aug. 14.

While there are no public polls on the three-way race between Donovan, former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and Dan Roberti, the dollars being spent on television advertising seem to point to it being a horse race between Esty and Roberti. Of course, since there is no public polling in the race, Donovan could still be in the lead. It will all depend on whose supporters come out to vote on Aug. 14.

It’s like saying you don’t want an auto mechanic to fix your car, or a plumber to fix your leaky faucet, he said in introducing Chris Donovan to a small group of about 20 people.

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