Former Connecticut Democratic Party chairman John Droney is sending a message to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: don’t come to our state to campaign for state Democrats. During a taping of “Face the State with Dennis House,” Droney (filling in for party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo) suggested their appearances on Nutmeg turf could hurt Democrats’ chances at the ballot box.
The spurning of a President who won this blue state in a landslide in ’08 is a sure sign local Democrats fear a voter backlash at Washington could be percolating here in the land of steady habits.
According to the last poll, the President’s approval rating in Connecticut is at 50%, down from 72% just over a year ago, and is under 50% in two congressional districts. In the 4th district, Republican state senator Dan DeBicella is already planning to link freshman congressman Jim Himes to the White House. In the 2nd, where the President’s approval rating is the lowest in the state, 46%, former television news anchor Janet Peckinpaugh plans to launch a similar assault against Congressman Joe Courtney. In the 5th, state senator Sam Caligiuri has been telling voters Congressman Chris Murphy has more in common with Pelosi than Connecticut. Just four years ago, those three congressional seats were all held by Republicans.
While Droney may be saying “no thanks” to the President and House Speaker, state Republican party chairman Chris Healy is eagerly rolling out the welcome mat. “I hope the President comes to campaign for Dick Blumenthal,” Healy said during the “Face the State” taping.
Later, party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo told the Hanging Shad’s Pat Scully and the Greenwich Time’s Neil Vigdor that Droney was speaking for himself and not the party. Still, there was no outrage from the party faithful over Droney’s comments.
My preview of the show posted late Thursday night has become one of the most read blog posts I’ve ever written. Clips of the interview have been seen across the country, courtesy of realclearpolitics.com and has made the rounds locally, namely on WTIC AM 1080′s “Sound off Connecticut.” http://radioviceonline.com/former-connecticut-democrat-chairman-to-obama-and-pelosi-ummm-stay-home-please/
In case you missed the program, here is part 1 http://www.wfsb.com/video/24813866/index.html
Here is part 2 http://www.wfsb.com/video/24814064/index.html