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Blumenthal will be the Connecticut Democrat nominee for the Senate race……McMahon leads for the GOP nomination….

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut like his counterpart in adjoining New York State is running as the democrat for higher office…..

It has been a very, very rough week for the man…..

Linda McMahon and the New York Times have been giving him body blows on some slips of the tongue he has made about his Military service…

Blumenthal served in the Marines as a Reservist*…but Did NOT  do combat service in Vietnam…..

There is now another question about his College swim team status……

The Convention was subdued…with members discussing the military issue at length….

But in the end Blumenthal got the nod…..

Meanwhile…on The Republican side….

Linda McMahon out polled  Rob Simmons ( A Vietnam Vet ) at the GOP Convention by 737 to 632 votes to become the lead GOP candidate for the senate spot….

Simmons has vowed to stay in the race until the primary….

We’ll see how that goes….McMahon has a boatload of money and sharp elbows…from wrestling…..

……..what should have been a raucous display of unbridled enthusiasm, given Mr. Blumenthal’s tireless glad-handing, favor-banking, and headline-grabbing in 20 years as attorney general, was complicated by a palpable sense of uneasiness.

Over cider doughnuts and fries before his speech, delegates and V.I.P.’s could be heard debating whether the damage to Mr. Blumenthal’s Mr. Clean reputation would be lasting and threatening or merely a speed bump on his road to victory.

A firestorm of criticism of Mr. Blumenthal, who has never faced such a test, was set off Monday night, when The New York Times reported that Mr. Blumenthal had sometimes claimed to have served in Vietnam. In fact, he received five deferments that allowed him to avoid the war and, among other things, travel abroad to study and work in the White House.

In the article in The Times, Mr. Blumenthal was quoted as telling an audience in Norwalk in 2008, “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.”

Mr. Blumenthal said he never intentionally misled the public about his military record, and stated that there were numerous occasions on which he accurately described having joined the Marine Corps Reserve and served stateside during the war.

Conventioneers seemed for the most part to have forgiven him. Bernard Kavaler of West Hartford, an employee of the state university system, insisted Mr. Blumenthal’s travails this week might have hurt him with “probably a handful of people,” but that “the people of Connecticut are well aware of the difference he’s made for this state.”

But Carolanne Curry, a delegate from Westport, said she had abstained from the roll-call vote because Mr. Blumenthal had passed up a “golden opportunity” to apologize. “People were ready to hear it,” she said, referring to his nationally televised news conference on Tuesday. “But to equivocate, and defend — it was just too much for me. What’s the matter with ‘I’m sorry’?”

“You don’t put yourself out there as the height of integrity and get yourself caught up in such self-deception,” she added. “It just will not work on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Also Friday night, Linda McMahon, a pro wrestling executive who has vowed to spend $50 million on her campaign if necessary, won the endorsement for Senate at the Republican convention, held nearby. She defeated Rob Simmons, a Vietnam veteran who served three terms in Congress. Ms. McMahon received 737 votes, to 632 for Mr. Simmons.

Mr. Simmons said he planned to stay in the race, as did a third candidate, the businessman and financial analyst Peter Schiff. The primary is Aug. 10.

More……..

* The New York Times even in this piece does not acknowledge that Blumenthal did in fact serve in the military as a Marine Reservist…..What gives here?

Note…Millions of people lie on their resume’s…….I don’t think it’s right…..And guys that are Attorney General’s should get a bit taken out of them….but not necessarily lose their jobs…But they should be mindful of their predicament when applying the law during their duties……

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May 22, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I respect people that got deferrements and avoiding the draft

    and I believe George W Bush watched over this nation when he was with the Air National Guard

    I am INTERESTED in the swim team bit

    shame Peter Schifff didnt get the nod

    but STILL time for the primary in August

    I am almost certain there will be dirt against Linda & COMPANY so I advise Mr Steele to spend some time pondering which way the party wants to go on this one

    with UNEMPLOYMENT so high and all the Government take-overs

    Libertarians beliefs (Schiff) are the most attractive they have EVER BEEN in many decades

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. schiff is not going anywhere near the senate let alone the nomination. gimme a break tim about bush watching over the nation in the national guard. he went awol for months in 1972-73. his daddy pull strings to get him there so he can AVOID vietnam. he did not want to be shot down like mccain was in 1967. chickenhawk indeed.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. Te

    he went awol for months in 1972-73.
    ——————————-
    Oh the wonderful MADE_UP Dan Rather story

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. How the CT Republican party has stooped so low to have a HYPOCRITICAL, pretentious bully like McMahon as their frontrunner is totally beyond any comprehension.

    IMO, she is an out-of-control checkbook and egomaniac…what a disgrace she is to intelligent CT voters, especially independents like me!

    I can’t believe any self-respecting CT citizens (especially women) could even begin to support McMahon, based on the degenerate sleaze and borderline pornography her WWE business stood for all these years and her attitude that she can buy her way into anything she wants! As many have noticed, she only responds to probing questions with carefully-prepared scripts…many moderate CT Republicans are very concerned about what will happen in the August primary…

    As an independent voter, I have never volunteered to work in any political campaign before, but I am so disgusted I will now do whatever I can to help her opponent, WHOEVER THAT MAY BE, defeat McMahon…if my disgust is any indication of other CT voters who feel the same way I do, she is going to be in big trouble, in spite of her money!

    Comment by pajo | May 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Money……Money…..Money!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. Blumenthal will gladly sign you up!

    kidding aside

    If you believe….. you should work hard to help your candidate….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 24, 2010 | Reply


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