Political party loyalists in Tuesday's primary elections sent a pretty clear message: We don't care if you're filthy rich, little known or spent your life in government — we can still vote for you. But extremists and candidates tainted by scandal? No thanks.
McMahon should not be taken lightly. She got some serious love from
McMahon starts off the Senate race very close to Murphy in the polls, unlike her 2010 race against Sen.
The former wrestling magnate made job creation her campaign theme, arguing she did it in the private sector after lifting herself out of bankruptcy. Just as Murphy's congressional record is fair game for scrutiny, so too is McMahon's claim of job creation and what she's been doing for the last 10 years.
The results of the 5th Congressional District primaries — Republican and Democratic — say a lot about the state's voters. The main message was, "We are tired of corruption and even the whiff of wrongdoing disqualifies you." Bravo.
Speaker of the House
Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty's victory in the primary was surprising. But, with Donovan disqualified in voters' minds, they turned to Esty, a smart, connected moderate who has plenty of money behind her. The only other choice was Dan Roberti who was done in by his lack of work history in Connecticut and his questionable resume. Even a
Republican primary voters in the 5th also made a strong statement: "Thanks but no thanks to extremist conservatives." The victory by state Sen.
Yes, they got more votes combined than Roraback, but there is no guarantee those votes would have gone to either Greenberg or Bernier had the other dropped out. Greenberg blames Bernier for his loss. Greenberg can be forgiven for being bitter. He dropped $2 million of his money into the race and has nothing to show for it.
If Lisa Wilson-Foley hadn't imploded when her past political activities became known (she once supported
Before the Rowland scheme became public, he was slapping around Wilson-Foley's chief rival, Andrew Roraback on his radio show. Once Wilson-Foley was linked to an FBI probe that included Rowland, it was bye-bye.
So now we're left with McMahon vs. Murphy and Roraback vs. Esty. The fall campaigns are going to be very interesting and will shape Connecticut's political future for a long time.