by John Dankosky – Let’s recap a bit of the news Where We Live got into here this week, before previewing a strange couple of days ahead:
- Somebody at the campaign of Jim Himes spent some time listening to our Where We Vote interviews with their candidate, and Republican Dan Debicella. They pulled out a passage in which I repeatedly ask Debicella about global warming, and he continues to say my question is “irrelevant.” First, Himes put out a full press release with the text of this exchange, then it came up during their final debate, as Uma Ramiah reports in the Connecticut Mirror. A new poll by CT Capitol Report has Debicella beating Himes by two points. We’ll see if this obvious gulf on environmental issues is enough to get Democrats excited to go to the polls in the 4th district.
- Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror came by on Thursday to witness a very strange joint appearance by Republican Martha Dean and Democrat George Jepsen. The “conversation” had been scheduled for more than a month, and was almost scuttled because of a lawsuit Dean filed earlier in the week, challenging Jepsen’s qualifications. When it finally happened, the tension was pretty apparent, with Dean defending her actions as necessary, not an “October surprise.” Jepsen claiming the suit was frivolous and “desperate.” There’s still no resolution to the suit as of today, and there’s no love lost between the two.
- Where We Live also made the pages of the Torrington Register Citizen, in an opinion piece by Green Party 1st District congressional candidate, Ken Krayeske. Listeners to the show will know Ken as a regular caller, and a smart, thoughtful activist. He’s also good at getting noticed – witness his dust-ups with Gov. Jodi Rell and UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun. In his piece, he expresses feelings that WNPR, and the rest of the media has been ignoring candidates who aren’t Democrats or Republicans. Read his thoughts, and let me know what you think.
Monday’s show will recap a madcap Halloween weekend of political happenings. Catie Talarski is covering Glenn Beck’s book signing in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square, Diane Orson will be trailing President Obama in Bridgeport, and Josie Holtzman will report back from Jon Stewart’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” in Washington, DC. We’ll also be joined by Faith Middleton for a preview of her upcoming “Up Close and Personal” interviews with the gubernatorial candidates. Ever wonder what Dan Malloy likes to make for dinner? What Tom Foley’s first kiss was like? Oh yeah, it’s that kinda personal.