Waking up to a headline about how much Connecticut Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney has for his re-election campaign should be kept to himself. The last thing Connecticut voters need to hear is how much a candidate is swimming in money while people in this state can’t pay their bills.
This year’s election will not be determined by cash flow, but by issues. Joe will have his hands full this fall trying to explain himself.
The people of Connecticut understand that a politician’s integrity and character will be the deciding factor this fall. The media will do the usual chose-sides policy with redundant stories trying to cover-up their favored politicians past, but the field is changing this year.
Every potential candidate and incumbent better be ready for the fight of his or her political future. Long gone are the days of sure wins by people with deep pockets and puffy commercials with good voice-overs. Voters want and will demand every ounce of information on every politician.
Joe Courtney is no exception from this rule. Joe can paint as many pretty pictures he wants with flashy commercials, but his voting record will speak for itself. This election will be determined by good-old-fashion politics from candidates with a succinct plan for the people of this state.
Connecticut is still considered the richest state in the nation, but to live here is another story. Unions, government overspending, and corrupt politicians have in place one of the most expensive states to live in. Businesses are shutting their doors and throwing their hands-up out of frustration. School systems can’t afford to operate efficiently due to high cost union contracts and municipalities are overwhelmed.
Government spending, taxes, unemployment, and fiscal responsibility are the theme for this election. No candidate or incumbent will be able to dodge the issues and their history will be called into question. We need leaders not followers in Washington. Perhaps Joe will get this message and ponder his next move.
I’m Jerry Maldonado and I approve this message.
UPDATE from TheDC: Mr. Maldonado serves as the campaign communications director for congressional candidate Janet Peckinpaugh, an opponent of Joe Courtney.
Jerry Scott Maldonado is the author of “Columns, Quotes & The American Dream.” Tate Publishing Group, due out October 2010. He is a featured columnist for The D.C.G Network of news sites: Sundaynewscape.com, Onequestionnews.com, and Imperialvalleynews.com. Jerry’s work has also been featured internationally.