Ten Takeaways From The Primaries

Candidate Slates set, Now The Fun Begins

Ten takeaways from last week's primaries:

If Connecticut insists on holding primaries in August they should put the voting booths on the beach. Another options would be to tie it to the Major League Baseball All-Star balloting.

Don't want to say the Republicans have an enthusiasm problem, but if the heavy rains had come on Tuesday, statewide vote totals in the governor's contest would have been something like Foley 14, McKinney 9.

Given the responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor's office in Connecticut, if an election is close we should forego a recount and decide it by free throws.

Speaking of which, the pairing of Heather Bond Somers with Tom Foley should pretty much lock up the one-percenter vote.

Maybe I missed it but was Jonathan Pelto at Foley's victory party?

Ernie Newton's loss can only be viewed as a setback for felons convicted of corruption everywhere. The Democrat's endorsed candidate for the House in Bridgeport had served 17 years in the state legislature and five years in the state prison.

To give you an idea how this campaign may go, the first thing Foley did after winning the nomination was to challenge Malloy to pour a large bucket of ice water over his head.

Mixed metaphors aside, Malloy kicked off his campaign by coming out swinging. He's kind of like the Energize Bunny jacked up on Red Bull looking for a fight.

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which is comprised of gun owners and constitutional scholars, claimed a major share of the credit for Foley's victory. Their support in the general election, will, of course, will be very helpful… to Malloy.

GOP state chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. says the top three issues heading into November will be, "The economy. The economy. The economy." Me, I'm thinking: Tailgaters. I-95. DMV.

What a Difference a Day Makes

Leading up to Tuesday's election, John McKinney thought Tom Foley would make a lousy governor and not be a strong candidate against Malloy. He called into question Foley's mastery of the issues and his leadership abilities. He ran an attack ad showing Foley scolding workers at a closing paper mill in Sprague branding him as "arrogant, ill-informed, uncaring." Now, McKinney is promising to do everything in his power to assure that Foley is the next governor of Connecticut.

"Douchebaggery," and Other Cool New Words You Should Know

My favorite new words just added by the Oxford Dictionary to its online editions (from a list compiled by the website Salon):

Adorbs: arousing great delight; cute or adorable

Clickbait: Internet content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page

Hate-watch: watching a television program for the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it

Hot mess: a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered

Humblebrag: making an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud

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