Thursday, June 5, 2014

GOPer Independent Run akin to Democrat Suicide Bomber

"Real Republicans don't run on Independent tickets just because they can't muster Party support."

GOP Political Suicide Candidate
put your gun down and go home
Political campaigns are not always fun.

Those brave enough... or perhaps foolish enough to put their reputation, privacy, personal wealth at risk to hold political office, do so - with far more to lose than to gain. First, there's the whole business of campaigning; driving all over creation to give your stunt speech to rooms full of grey-haired old men (and women) who look on you with a weary eye of distrust, and a certain level of contempt. You get asked you about things which people haven't talked about for decades, or about local controversial issues that no politician dare touch with a ten foot pole. So you smile, answer their questions, and play the game knowing all to well, that no matter how good your answers are that the RTCs appointed chief interrogator is already voting for the other guy. We understand the whole business of being corned by people who - if not for the campaign - you would otherwise would run 100 miles away from. And all candidates dread the act of begging for donations from a crowd that doesn't have a dime to spare. And at the end of the day, it's all or nothing. Months pass by, you give up your family, your job, and your entire existence, and finally when the numbers roll in and your piggy bank is depleted, and nearly all of your allies abandon you - that you realize after months and months of sleepless effort - it's game over and your day is done.

Reaching this decision to call the ball is hard for a lot of candidates. The smart ones (those who aren't pig-headed or just plain stupid) step back, analyze the field, weigh the expense of carrying on, and subjectively evaluate the likelihood of winning if they keep going on. Last week, you'll recall that Republican State Treasurer Candidate Bob Eick made the decision to call it quits. Eick may have left the battlefield a little bumped and bruised, but appreciated and respected by friends and foes alike for not dragging everyone through a pointless campaign that depletes everyone's limited funds and resources for no reason. It's a fact that people remember loyal party members who understand the value of exhibiting good judgement over showing false pride.

And there's something to be said for being a good loser. Republicans will recall how in just the past few election cycles both Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Rob Simmons, and Chris Shays did the right thing and drew a close to their respective campaigns; they didn't fight on, or bellyache, or undermine the Party, or run as Independents - they made the right decision, although reluctantly, for the good of the Party. And don't kid yourself, both of these men could have easily continued forward; they could have fought to the bloody end by gathering signatures, and calling in favors from Washington big dogs, but both of them understood that any move down such a path would have served to strengthen the Democrat position in the General Election - and killed their reputations as respected Republicans with strong service to their party, and country. See, part of this game is understanding that sometimes neither the most capable, or the most qualified person wins - and the other part is knowing when to quit, and find another way to participate in the process without coming off as a sore loser, or worse - a spoiler to satisfy your own inflated ego.

But you know what irks me in this election cycle?  It's that there are a few choice Republicans who don't know when enough is enough. The very idea that anyone would run as an Independent candidate with the goal of drawing a lot of attention to themselves by making a lot of noise in order to serve as a spoiler to help put Dan Malloy back in office is beyond shameful.  There is nothing in the background of Mark Boughton, John McKinney or Tom Foley which - to any sane person - should prevent them from being our Republican nominee. Yes, I disagree with them on a number of issues, but that's the way it is - you support the candidate who is closest to your ideology - and looking at these three - 80-90% is pretty damn good, the rest is conjecture, personality and character flaws. All which should be trumped working to undermine Republicans by indirectly supporting Dan Malloy's return to office.

So when you hear about any registered Connecticut Republicans planning to run as an Independent - ask them directly when they plan on formally switching to the Democrat Party. Trust me, they know that an Independent run hurts the Republican Party's chances of winning in November. They will lie to your face claiming they are running on principle or to use the excuse that they are championing a single issue or two, and they will spew all kinds of incoherent inter-party conspiracy nonsense which has not one iota of merit (particularly in this election cycle). It's impossible to have any credibility regarding principles when you know damn well that you can't win, and you'll only hurt the Republican candidate's chances of winning in November.  For all my criticism of Martha Dean, whom I have extreme disagreements with as a politician and as an individual, you have to give her credit - she absolutely did the right thing by dropping out of the race just prior to the Convention. At the end of the day, Dean put Party before ego and let the process unfold on its own. It's shocking to see some of Dean's loudest critics strategize a full blown slash and burn campaign just to bury Tom Foley, John McKinney, Mark Boughton and others - for seemingly petty and irrelevant reasons. Isn't it time to stop throwing rocks, grow up, and get on-board? Isn't it time to put pride aside and focus on building Connecticut's economy by electing a Republican to office?

The Connecticut Republican Party has it's problems. I've outlined them many times. But you cannot create change by giving up your seat at the discussion table. You cannot up and leave and think you will influence people from the outside because they will only hate you for your treachery; moreover, they will stop listening to your opinion - regardless of how correct you might be on one issue to another. In the current situation, some people really stand the chance of completely losing their self-respect and eliminating their voice in Connecticut politics once and for all. Moreover, a few are on the verge of losing many longtime friends and allies by forcing many friends and allies to disassociate themselves from their self-destructive behavior. Activism, dissent, humor, and challenging the status quo are all great attributes of a thoughtful advocacy for Conservatism - but leaving the Party and trying to destroy it through a third party run is unforgivable.

To whom this is intended, make the choice - if you must, and expect never to be welcome back in the fold again. Just ask Lowell Weicker.

Good luck. Hopefully, you'll come to your senses, and rejoin the fight.

I AM

THE KING

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Post CTGOP Convention Analysis

If Mark Greenberg was the face of the
CTGOP, we'd win every election.
Send him a check - and on to Washington!
The CTGOP Convention at Mohegan Sun was certainly a huge success. While you can make a good case for doing away with the CTGOPs biggest bank-busting all-star reunion party, it's still good to get everyone together for a good time over free drinks thanks to generous people like Mark Greenberg, et al. You have to love Mark Greenberg - he's the real deal! Small in stature, but a giant of a man among his peers.  If there's anyone deserving of victory in November - it's got to be  Greenberg who is hands-down - the Connecticut GOPs most magnanimous candidate. Seriously folks, if you bellied-up to the bar at the Lansdowne Pub at any time on Saturday, show Greenberg some love and send him over a check for a few bucks. You don't need to live in his district to help out. Out of all the candidates in CTGOP-land, and after all the CT-5 drama he's had to endure, Mark deserves EVERYONE'S support. Give 'em hell, Mark!

As far as the State Convention is concerned - sure, we had the usual jockeying for position and last minute drama, but at the end of the day - there were few surprises, and certainly no upsets.  It's hard for anyone to disagree that most of the key players came away from the big dance getting pretty much what they both wanted and expected - the nod to move forward. And the chance to take their case directly to the people, and earn that coveted spot on the November ballot.

From the start, everyone inside and out expected Tom Foley to come away with the Gubernatorial nomination;  Foley, being the Party Nominee in 2010, already had a well-financed, and well-oiled machine running around the state (and in the Convention Hall) wearing their secret service-style wired headphones ensuring that he could use the phrase "Party Endorsed Candidate" on his marque. Of course, most of these votes were secured months, if not - years ago, and despite what insiders tell you - the Party endorsement means very little outside of the confines of Connecticut's elite Republican Town Committees who are charged with the task of consuming large quantities of CTGOP cool-aid, and selling Republicanism to the masses up through early November, and beyond.

If there was one surprise that is noteworthy (and missed by much of Press), it's that Foley didn't secure above 60% of the delegates; surely 70% or 80% would have been achievable for a second-chance candidate who was actually likable amongst long-time Party insiders. The Foley people can spin this any way they want, but a truly charismatic candidate would have closed the deal far in advance of the Convention, and ended any desire for a costly Primary battle. Last week's results will leave Connecticut Democrats somewhat encouraged, and smelling blood. A divided Party is a wounded Party.  The Democrats' task of promoting a very unpopular Governor in Dan Malloy will be aided immensely if the Republican Primary proves to be like the one four years ago which left Tom Foley looking like a rich, schoolyard bully (at the expense of Lt. Gov Mike Fedele) to the majority of neutral voters. No one doubts that this year's Primary will likely be another fiery contest.

The King recognizes that the three legitimate and remaining candidates - Mark Boughton, John McKinney, and Tom Foley; and they all come with a mixed bag of strengths and weaknesses. Most Republicans agree that all three candidates have distinctly impressive backgrounds and we wish we could somehow merge the three into a Transformer-style uber bot to offset their perceived weaknesses. As far as pluses are concerned, Mark Boughton is the only candidate with Government executive level experience who's successfully managed a large city and worked with unions and private companies to deliver results for an extended period of time, John McKinney has a long experience of legislative success in as minority leader in the State Senate, and knows the inner workings of the legislative process better than most in state politics, and Tom Foley has a tremendous private sector business success story, and held appointment as Ambassador to Ireland (although this is considered easy duty in a largely ceremonial post).  These are good men, very different, who have solid resumes.

Foley, a great business leader, will have to prove to
voters that he can be as tough on Democrats as he was
on Lt. Gov Mike Fedele four years ago.  Can he be
repackaged as trustworthy to voters in CT's dying cities?

I'm sure both the candidate's opposition camps, and the Democrats will unleash a laundry list of their opponents specific weaknesses. In short, Tom Foley comes across as timid public leader - mostly AWOL on public policy until recently-  who would would prefer to work as he does in the private sector - behind closed doors with a small group of selected employees; critics believe he'll compromise with opponents to the point where he'll give away everything in the store just to keep the peace. His faulty positions the Minimum Wage, and Common Core are perfect examples of this. It's also hard for anyone to imagine Foley engaging in public debate with hostile unions and Democrats shouting at him in a public setting. At times his policy positions are, at best, ambiguous, and even confusing. And everyone knows that Foley's "rich, white, and stuffy" persona will be a hard-sell at the local inner-city YMCA. Much of this is why he only mustered 60% at the State Convention.

Mark Boughton is very much an establishment man. This means he's very unlikely to rock the boat, or revisit policy that has been put in place, whether detrimental or not. People have questioned his judgement to put his reputation on the line for unprincipled and derelict candidates who ultimately lose - or even become the point of federal investigations (McMahon, Wilson-Foley, etc).  Even the negative press surrounding Heather Somers (not the classiest person in Party, for sure) suggests concerns over basic decision-making. While he sells well in Danbury, people keep asking "Where is his state-wide appeal?  When are we going to see some real traction?" The other dark cloud is his poor level of fundraising which is cause for concern amongst Party loyalists.

Boughton, qualified and experienced, can
Mr. Establishment show Republicans that he can
rise to the occasion and expand his statewide support?

John McKinney is well-meaning, but is considered very moderate, and contradictory.  If I were running against him I would guarantee that I would run a commercial asking "Who is the real John McKinney?" He is the anti-second amendment candidate which doesn't play well with conservatives  - a branch of the Party he would need vote at the polls in order to successfully unseat Malloy. McKinney has created a level of distrust among many Republicans because his votes show signs of pandering (like in Newtown) and caving in to Democrat demands - even when he knows the policy chosen is dead wrong.  Much like Foley, it is hard to see him publicly challenging Democrats during heated budget battles because he's always been the "agreement guy" in the end. Connecticut's next Governor can't be a collaborator like we saw in Governor Jodi Rell.  If it's ok to be an unpopular Democrat and raise taxes through the roof and kill the economy, it's also ok for a Republican Governor to be willing to be unpopular by saying "No" and holding the line on taxes and spending to rebuild Connecticut. Republicans will need to advance a candidate who is willing to reverse the trend of failure - that's if anything is going to really change.


McKinney, a legislative expert and respected leader,
can he sway conservatives to support him despite
their concerns over his questionable votes on gun
rights, and his supporting Democrats on key
votes deemed counter-productive to CT resurgence?

Now, having provided pros and cons to each man, it clearly The King's view that any one of these three men would make a more preferable Governor to Dannel or Dan Malloy given the abysmal economic and social record of the one-Party oligarchy which as controlled all branches of Connecticut's Government over past four years. With 50% of the public expressing a desire to move out of State (likely the most productive half) it's hard to believe that November's election will not come down to a simple referendum on the Status Quo. If Dan Malloy is re-elected, it will send a major signal to Connecticut taxpayers and business owners that Connecticut's high tax and anti-business climate is simply here to stay. And one would expect an exodus of desirables leaving for greener pastures.  The gap between those taking from the pot, and those giving will widen, and the burden on the few remaining souls keeping the ship barely afloat will compound significantly.

I've spent significant time listening to and talking to all three candidates over the past several months.    Most of them get good grades for rhetoric and talking points.  But in order to turn hearts and minds of those who aren't already diehard GOP activists, the end candidate is must articulate a comprehensive plan which outlines exactly what he will do to turn the state around (if there is anything to be learned by the State GOP from Linda McMahon's lackluster Senate bid, it is that the generalist, empty rhetoric approach doesn't earn enough votes to win). Our candidate will need to be willing to get into a melee with Dan Malloy - who is notoriously sharp tongued and rude during debates. The good news is that it won't take much for a talented debater to get Dan Malloy to go to his dark place where he comes off arrogant and angry; with a very poor record to defend, he should be easy to handle and put on the defense by a well-prepared, articulate candidate.

With Connecticut's economy in the tank, there really isn't much that Dan Malloy can run on besides his pro-union, pro-state employee rhetoric.  He'll always be able to find a liberal Professor who's a life-long Democrat to throw up concocted numbers about job growth (the latest fictional account being touted by the media is 50,000 new jobs created - as everyone knows - a silly claim at best). Malloy is disliked by Democrats as much as Republicans. And despite the clear alignment of media-Democrat political ideology, key members of Connecticut's press core have called Dan Malloy, "An arrogant ass".  Republicans, this is election is yours to lose.

Given all of this - the 2014 election is one that is being handed to Republicans on a sliver platter.  We should all agree that whoever comes out on top after Primary Day will be our agreed and accepted candidate of choice regardless what faction you reside in under the banner of the CTGOP.  If a few of you want to go off and vote for a third party - please don't let the door hit you on the way out.  This election could come down to single vote victories in some districts. Independent or petitioning candidates detract from an otherwise serious public policy debate that will have long lasting ramifications on Connecticut for years to come. You can decide whether you want to be part of the real debate, or part of always-dissatisfied group riding around in the clown cars leading Democrats to victory.

Lastly, it will be important for the Lt. Governor's race to be as low-key as possible.  Last month's idiotic clash between Penny Bacchiochi and Dave Walker did little little for the Connecticut Republican Party's image. The entire liberal world already inaccurately depicts Republicans as racists, or worse.  Let's think twice before using the most nuclear, over-utilized phony issue in politics on each other, and keep the debate to issues and policy. Apologies aside, hard feelings tend not to dissipate when people's reputations are at stake. The racist tagline is a Pandora's box best left alone.

I AM

THE KING

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hartford Courant's anti-Greek rant is a Disgrace

If The Hartford Courant actually
did its homework, it might be surprised
to learn that historically the Greek
Community and Alumni have made
many positive contributions
to the University of Connecticut
This morning I read this outrageous article propagated on Twitter by Hartford Courant columnist Carolyn Lumsden (I'm not sure if she actually wrote the article because it's not attributed to any one specific author). It's no surprise that The Hartford Courant is among those leading the charge to dissolve ties between the Greek Community and the University of Connecticut.  For according to the unholy scripture set forth in the loony land of liberal theology, organizations like 'the Greeks' have no place in our 21st century PC society. This is mostly because Greek organizations maintain the right to discriminate (i.e define or deny membership) based on subjective reasons, or other reasons which include and aren't limited to classifications like gender, age and even race. (To be clear, when I mention 'race' I'm referring specifically to the charter of some black cultural fraternities and sororities which by design grant admission elusively to African-American students; a standard - which by the way - I support given their unique role, ritual, and cultural history; one that they should certainly be proud of).  I'm also willing to guess that anyone who contributed to this editorial was probably never part of a Greek organization or else they wouldn't have written such a lopsided story which draws the unreasonable conclusion that UConn should take steps to sever ties with Greek life based on a few recent acts of student buffoonery.

I find that most of the people who who are critical of Greek fraternities and sororities have never been a member of a Greek fraternity or sorority, but these so-called experts seem to be quite vocal in expressing their negative opinions about our members, or how our organizations work; they characterize our members - especially the men - as chauvinist, elitist, segregationists, rich, or worse - hate-mongering racists who conspire together for the sole purpose of arranging large keg parties in order to perform widespread campus mischief and mayhem, and of course - plot to trap and intoxicate innocent women and engage in date rape, or other morally disgraceful acts. And what they say about Sorority members is even worse from a stereotypical point of view which I find particularly odd coming out of the mouths of many feminists - who, although they deny it, are elitists in their own right. Of course, all of this mis-characterization of Greek members and organizations is pure nonsense and farthest from the truth.


I'm in good company with Rosa Parks,
Pope John Paul II, and Michael Jordan

While socializing and making new friends on a typically large, and sometimes intimidating college campus is probably the main reason one would want to seek Greek membership, there are plenty of other reasons why one joins a social fraternity - sports, hobbies, charity work, leadership training, alumni networking, and making general connections which last far beyond the typical four or five year college stint.  Most students don't go to college with the intention of joining a fraternity.  Indeed, in my own example, I started hanging around with a group of guys around campus, and after a semester received a bid to join.  Figuring that the guys were good natured, and it expanded my social networking (this predates the age of Facebook and Twitter), and that I should probably start kicking in for some of the beer I was drinking at 'the house', I joined. And to this day, we still keep in touch, and remain very close buddies with a few guys who's friendships I value immensely.

One of the reasons I'm particularly outraged by this article is that it paints an inaccurate depiction of the role that the Greek Community plays on campus, particularly at UConn.  Unbeknownst to most people, individual fraternity and sorority members (as well as each Greek chapter, cumulatively) are required to maintain a suitable grade point average (often 2.3) to remain active on campus.  Furthermore, each chapter is mandated by their National chapter to perform works of public service on campus as well as in the local community and report back results to their National chapter.  During my four years, my Greek Chapter solicited gifts from toy stores and orchestrated a 60-70 child Christmas Party in a community center in Willimantic. Trust me, the feeling of seeing Santa Claus pass out gifts while whispering "Feliz Navidad" to each smiling child was worth far more to us than an overflowing red cup of keg-poured Schlitz beer on a Thursday night.  We made a difference in our community.  And it mattered!

Not bad stats!

The Hartford Courant, which - silly as it seems - claims to be fair in its reporting should take the time to reach out to the UConn Office of Greek and Sorority Life and ask the current Greek Advisor about the kinds of contributions which Fraternities and Sororities make on Campus before merely casting us out with the devil for what seems to be purely ideological reasons.  Moreover, UConn is well supported by Greek Alumni Organizations which contribute both time and dollars to University projects, and programs.  Based upon the reasons, I listed earlier - I'm sure The Hartford Courant would like to see UConn flourish without the benefit of fraternal organizations.  But for the time being, it does, and the truth is and whether the media likes it or not - UConn is better off for it.

As far as The Courant's far-fetched notion that Greek organizations have brought ambulances to campuses far too often is a tad bit outrageous to be made part of their sensationalized argument to ban Fraternities at UConn, isn't it?  And how many ambulances have gone to the hundreds of college campuses all over the country for sports-related activities, politically-sponsored clashes, race riots, random shooting sprees, or non-Greek related parties?  And how many people were sent to the hospital as a result of attending a UConn Greek-sponsored party last year?  Or the last twenty years? Or how many people have died resulting from a UConn Greek Party?  The answer might surprise you - it's zero!  A lot of things might happen.  Which is always the excuse to rationalize the argument to tighten the reigns around people, or cast out organizations you don't like - I mean, for the insane, that is.

And if you're out to blame alcohol for every crime that's committed - sure, then work to reduce the drinking age so it's not such a novelty for kids who've been taught alcohol is taboo by rules which exceed those found in most civilized democracies.  Then college wouldn't become the festival of drinking its become for ALL STUDENTS, whether they are members of fraternities or not.  If schools are deemed "party school", its not because of Greek organizations, it's because the University in question has a lax policy on policing underage drinking.

Whatever happened to journalistic integrity where you draw conclusions based on relevant facts?  How is "Let's do away with Greek organizations at UConn - because of what happened at Trinity or Bowdoin, or Middlebury" even be considered a rational argument?  But if I tell you that the state economy in Texas is growing because of reduced taxes and regulation, would the editors at The Courant rush out to push for that kind of pro-business policy here?  Of course not!  Because it's all about the perceived ideology, and social engineering, and not about relevant facts.

And if you want to go down the road and talk about exclusion and anachronisms, we can do that too.  And based on the editors definitions we should also look to ban the African American Cultural Center, the Indian Cultural Group, the Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Group, the Latin-American Group, the Woman's Center or many of the other hyphenated groups which exist on Campus, and consume office space free of charge in the Student Union, or elsewhere which are all bastions of exclusion which the editors at The Hartford Courant are all to happy to hypocritically dismiss as merely a cultural organizations dedicated to promoting tolerance and cultural awareness under the banner of organized segregation.

And lastly, let's talk about money.  The Courant argues that it takes courage to ban fraternities and sororities because of the financial dependency Universities have come to have on their Greek-Alumni.  So in light of UConn screaming for more funding every legislative session, do you think it's sound fiscal policy to antagonize those who help to selflessly contribute to offset the bottom line?  Do the editors at The Hartford Courant live in houses with no windows?  Sometimes you have to really wonder.

At the end of the day, it's the same old liberal argument which seeks to control thought, association, and assembly.  These are the same people who fight viciously for individual rights for special interest groups, but can't tolerate a group of 19-year old men (or women) pooling their money to room, drink beer, and run a campus clean up operation.  It's high time that the editors at The Hartford Courant get over themselves.  And focus on more important things like why a one-Party system of Democrats has run Connecticut's economy into the ground.

Good Grief!

I AM,

THE KING

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Connecticut Republican Party: The Epitome of Dysfunction

If press reports are accurate, the CTGOP
could set a new fashion style in 2014
before this is over
Well, you knew this was coming, didn't you?

Before we begin, let's get one thing straight - for years now, and in these very pages, The King has warned the Connecticut Republican Party of it's endless flirtation with calamity and corruption.  If the last two months of full mainstream press exposure hasn't convinced readers that there's a cancer crippling our Party than nothing else will.

Even liberals agree that Governor Dan Malloy and the Democrat-owned legislature have done an exceedingly poor job of handling our economy.  For years, Democrats have successfully chased businesses and jobs away through regulation and tax increases, raised spending to record levels, and turned Connecticut into little more than a social experiment laboratory - pushing the envelope every session to the point where social norms are nearly unrecognizable to the average Nutmegger (legalizing transgender bathrooms, ending the death penalty for murderers, forcing Common Core standards on children, and eroding first and second amendment rights; even Republicans admit that last month's marginal victory over liberals on assisted suicide may be only a temporary victory - as the devil reassesses and regroups, and plots and waits for the next round).

But believe it or not, the problem - or more specifically our problem - isn't with the Democrats. They're going to be what they've always been  - liberal, intrusive, and progressive to the point of madness. And it's not like they have anyone standing in their way to challenge them, or point out their flaws.

If Jerry Labriola were a UConn basketball
player, he'd be "self-checked"
The problem lies with the CTGOP which over the last 10 years has become the epitome of dysfunction. Our current chairman - Jerry Labriola, Jr. hasn't the foggiest idea of what he's doing - anywhere or at any time. Instead of rallying troops from the front like a leader, he's relegated himself to a whispering ghost who nobody actually sees or hears; many of our own candidates can't even pick him out of a crowd (I've actually witnessed this first-hand).

Labriola rarely does television appearances (like he should), and you can count the number of press releases that he's produced over the course of his chairmanship on one, maybe two hands. Jerry is persona-non-grata so much so that Democrat opposition leader Nancy DiNardo has been able to go on vacation mode since Labriola's took office. Aside from a few canned paragraphs he might issue from time to time, she never worries about pressure from a guy who'd much rather spend his evenings in a smoky hotel lounge at his keyboard pretending he's Stevie Wonder.

Oh, he'll tell you he does a lot behind the scenes - but that's the role of the Treasurer, or Secretary, or the Party Twitterina - and not the role of the Party Chairman.  And he does get it, folks.  It's just that he just doesn't want to do the real work.  And you can see that a minimalist effort reaps minimalist results.

I think the final straw came for The King this week when he described recently indicted villains Lisa and Brian Foley as "good friends" who'm he hopes can put this "unfortunate episode" behind them.  Unfortunate episode? Behind them? Really? He certainly wasn't good friends when he was a willing accomplice to help push Andrew Roraback over the line to defeat Lisa Wilson-Foley at the 2012 State Convention. Talk about revisionist history!

Look, Jerry Labriola is a fabulous family man, a good coach, and a decent person. Deep down he probably cares about winning, but it's just that when it comes to leadership -  he's inept. And for those of you who want to make poor Jerry out to be just another victim of this blog - Save it!  Between the Healy years and the Labriola years - there's no where to go but up.  Our last two Chairmen have marginalized our brand to the point where it is unrecognizable to the electorate. We are in the game to win elections, and our Party's record is dismal.

Moreover, Connecticut Republicans have become so irrelevant to the Republican National Committee that Connecticut Republicans had to create a volunteer phone bank to beg local RTC Chairmen for money just to purchase Mitt Romney signs - I think that tells you that there's something seriously wrong.

If Jerry Labriola were a product in store; you'd agree that he didn't come as advertised.  He's not suited for the Chairman role. The CTGOP needs a strong leader who is going to lead from the front, set the tone, and work to coordinate political activity on a statewide basis.

And someone please tell the CTGOP to stop bragging about fundraising totals over Twitter. While we appreciate the hard work and effort, it gives everyone the impression that the CTGOP Headquarters is oblivious to the current crisis.  Few people are going to be distracted by Yea-Rah-Rah-Sis-Boom-Bah,  As someone wrote in a email to The King, "What the F--- is wrong with these people?"

It's hard to explain to people who are probably well-meaning that success isn't determined by how many dollars you raise, or by the number of shots you can do at the bar - but rather but by how many Republican seats you win

Bottom Line:  For the good of the Connecticut Republican Party, Jerry Labriola, Jr. must resign.  And a visible, activist Chairman must be elected in his place immediately following the Prescott-Bush Dinner. State Central must cast a vote of no confidence, or be willing to accept the squandering of limited funds, and the consequence of further electoral defeat in 2014.

If Republicans want to rebuild our brand, and confidence with voters we need to make a few more things happen:
  1. Fire Jerry Labriola, Jr. - and most of the CTGOP officer corps (they are no better than he is). Term limits for the same old faces might make way for new ideas, and a new approach.
  2. Publicly condemn those Republican individuals who have been indicted, or found an accessory to political improprieties and crimes.  Refusing to do so implies approval of their actions and pursuit of the status quo. And the media, and our opponents have already taken note of the CTGOPs hunker down strategy, and will exploit this fact for all the mileage they can get out of it.
    There aren't enough of these to pass out to everyone in an
    elected or leadership position in the Connecticut Republican
    Party. Time to end CTGOP corruption before things get worse 

  3. Adopt a more conservative platform and promote conservative candidates - which was once the key to Republican victories in Connecticut before it became fashionable to emulate Democrats on both fiscal and social issues. Democrat-lite is a sure way to guarantee Democrat majorities for the next 100 years.
  4. Stop promoting corrupt former Republican candidates, elected officials and party chairmen to serve as CTGOP spokesmen (and women) - for they have comprised our position, ethics, political process, and integrity.  Every time Governor Rowland squawks on radio, or Chris Healy makes sarcastic comments on Capitol Report, Republicans want to puke. An ex-felon and a failed chairman are the last people we want to take advice from (and the latter couldn't even find a Republican attorney to defend his pathetic ass - guess there were none available - so much for keeping business in the family).  The Curse of Chris Healy is alive and well.
  5. Discourage candidates from hiring long-time Party hacks with failed win-loss records from managing Republican campaigns. It's frankly embarrassing how some of our profiteers weasel their way onto campaigns promising everything and delivering nothing!
  6. Stop relying on candidates to build the Party apparatus. Create a state-wide organization to  build the brand, and coordinate activities, and formulate a get-out-the-vote campaign.  Today, there is nothing in place!
  7. Require all candidates to show up for televised debates. Again real leaders don't cower out of fear of saying the wrong thing, or believing they're not quick enough on their feet to debate publicly with members of their own Party. It's kind of pathetic if you think about it!
  8. Work to end the wasteful and rigged State Convention Process and move to a direct primary. Think of all the money we could be saving while the State GOP boozes it up at Mohegan Sun. Donors should think about that when they get mailers asking members to fork over $30/$50/$100 a pop.
  9. End Radio Silence! Put the Democrats on the defense! With a record like theirs we should have a field day. Daily emails, tweets, press releases, Facebook posts, mailers, etc. Make Nancy Dinardo sweat!
  10. Condemn fringe candidates like Martha Dean who think Sandy Hook is a hoax and think there's an NSA Agent hiding behind every tree. This Party has a hard enough time operating in the real world without public candidates venturing into fantasy and delusion.  It's hard to quantify the level of anger the public feels when a Sandy Hook Truther who wants to train kids to fire guns in school takes to a Mic. (Oh, and Chris Healy's quasi-endorsement of her entrance into the race tells the rest of us that he's ready to be put out to pasture, or take his place at Club-Fed. Get Out! Funny, the political genius didn't mention that Dean has no money and only a few Facebook advocates who surf the web and sit around watching TV in their sweatpants)
  11. Stop using the Prescott-Bush award dinner as a platform to prop up billionaire donors, and failed candidates who campaign with the opposition President, or tries to take selfies with the enemy, or does anything else that serves to promote our disgraceful big-government, anti-Republican President. 
Martha Dean and her flying monkeys 
are doing permanent damage to the Connecticut 
Republican Party; she's tearing apart the 
conservative wing for personal gain and ego
Wicked is the best way to describe this one!

It's been said so many times before - when it comes to the Connecticut Republican Party - we are our own worst enemy. The best thing we can do is cut our losses by removing our poor leadership, change direction, and start anew.  Do what's necessary, or anticipate that 2014 will be another banner year for Dan Malloy and his Democrat henchmen. And trust me - Republicans, Democrats, and Independents deserve a viable option for their families, their businesses and themselves - and it's up to Republicans to deliver that option.

I AM

THE KING