Check Your Richter Scale: Courant Endorses Jerry Farrell, a Republican.
Secretary of the State hopeful Jerry Farrell is the first statewide Republican candidate in years to win an endorsement from the state’s biggest newspaper. The Hartford Courant cites the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection’s success managing the department’s budget through technology and staff reductions. It notes that Democrat Denise Merrill, the House Majority Leader, has been a spender not a saver in state government.
Both candidates cavil at the “the coarse, negative nature of today’s political dialogue.” If either has been critical of their own party’s candidates’ tough tactics this year, however, it’s been in private. Both qualified for taxpayer funding of their campaigns, and they love, love, love chowing down on all that free money that they’d never be able to raise under a voluntary system.
The endorsement will not go down well in the Merrill campaign, which has been buffeted by revelations of the candidate’s dodgy claim to be a lawyer. She briefly practiced law in California 30 years ago.