Progressives beat the party in CT
by cos, Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 08:56:09 PM EDT
(I am the campaign blogger for John Bonifaz, running for secretary of state in Massachusetts)
- "DLC got crunched!"
Dan Malloy, four term mayor of Stamford, CT, and John DeStefano, sixth-term mayor of New Haven, were competing for the Democratic nomination for governor. This afternoon at the polling place, I chatted with a couple of union folk from SEIU/CEUI who were there in support of DeStefano. They talked about his support for working people, but clearly they were most excited by his advocacy for better health care - indeed, the DeStefano signs and banners sported the slogan "Universal Health Care Now!"
Back at the Lamont event, I asked a friend who knows CT politics about Malloy, who won the state party's endorsement. He's a good mayor, a very competent administrator, my friend said... but he'd voted for DeStefano. Malloy's liability was being seen as part of the party establishment, the corportate/DLC wing of the party. With support from progressives, DeStefano won 51% to Malloy's 49%.
... but something quite interesting happened. Malloy's Lieutenant Governor running mate, Mary Glassman, whomped DeStefano's running mate, mayor Scott Slifka of West Hartford, 57% to 43%. Repeatedly I heard that "Slifka is a DLCer". "Yeah, I'm not surprised," remarked one person, "I voted for DeStefano and Glassman." Across the board, grassroots-supported populists beat the establishment candidates for Democratic nominations for statewide office.
The numbers, with 745 of 748 precincts reporting:
Usually, Governor is the top of the ticket. Here, even the victorious candidate for Governor got fewer votes than the losing candidates for US Senate.