Breaking News: Visconti Drops Out, Endorses Foley

With Malloy and Foley having now spent in excess of $30 million to destroy each other and mislead voters, the crushing weight of the corrupt, entrenched and out-of-touch political system has claimed another victim.  Earlier today, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has dropped out of the race of governor and endorsed Tom Foley. If you feel comfortable with the major party candidates, I urge you to vote accordingly on Tuesday, Election Day. However, for those who believe we deserve better or want to send a message to the power elite, I invite you to darken in the bubble that says Write-in Candidate for Governor and then write in the name Pelto or Pelto/Murphy.

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
you will cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” 
                                                                         — John Quincy Adams

When assessing the last four years and examining the positions taken by Malloy and Foley during this year’s gubernatorial campaign, the truth is that no matter who wins on Tuesday, the burden to do what is right for the people of Connecticut will rest in the hands of a Democratic legislature.  They will either rise to the occasion or they will not. So for those mulling over whom to vote for… If you believe that our elected officials need to stop their unwarranted assault on teachers and the teaching profession, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe the state must derail the Common Core and its unfair, expensive and discriminatory Common Core Standardized Testing Scheme, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe we must push back the corporate education reform industry that seeks to privatize our public schools and replace them with unaccountable charter schools that refuse to educate their fair share of Latinos, students who face language barriers and children who require special education assistance, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe our government must stop coddling the rich and reduce the tax burden on the middle class by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe our state must put an end to the outrageous use of corporate welfare and stop giving our scarce taxpayer resources to wealthy corporations, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe that those elected to office must settle the critically important CCEJF v. Rell school funding lawsuit and develop a fair and constitutional school funding formula that will end the pressure on local property taxpayers, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe the time has come to demand that those in office must stop using budget gimmicks and adopt a fair, honest and effective state budget that truly reduces the long-term debt that will destroy our children’s opportunities, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you feel that we must rid the political system of tainted campaign money and hold those who have violated the spirit and law of Connecticut’s campaign finance laws accountable for their actions, feel free to write in the name Pelto. If you believe our citizens deserve access to an affordable system of public colleges and universities and you oppose what have been the deepest cuts in history to UConn, CSU and our community colleges over the past four years, feel free to write in the name Pelto. Or if you simply feel that enough is enough and that our political leaders have lost their way, feel free to write in the name Pelto for Governor. Because sometimes standing up and being counted is what is most important. And if you intend to write in the name Pelto, please take a moment over the next 48 hours to urge your friends, families, colleagues and neighbors to do the same.

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 Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto
  • buygoldandprosper

    Vote Pelto.
    Vote Foley.
    Send Dan Malloy on a one way trip on his bus to nowhere..his $570 MILLION DOLLAR boondoggle. One of many disasters he will leave to the residents of this state.
    Tear down the fence he put up around the mansion and donate the sculpture that wife Cathy had installed courtesy of GHAC.
    We can only hope that the voters in this state are not as stupid as I think they are!

    • Mary Gallucci

      You just want Foley, as the clown Visconti has all along.

      • buygoldandprosper

        You are a know-nothing dope. Clearly you have not read my posts over the years or can’t, with your simple mind, figure them out for what they are.

  • mookalaboona

    I am writing in Pelto. For sure. He was my only candidate.

  • msavage

    Have mixed reactions to this. On the one hand, I’m disgusted that we will have no other choices on the ballot other than the two officially sanctioned by the plutocracy. On the other hand, I’m glad that this will improve Malloy’s chances of losing. I’m still writing in Pelto.

    • Mary Gallucci

      You didn’t see this coming? I did.
      We should all remember what P.T. Barnum said…
      I guess “third party” candidates–the vanguard of participatory democracy, which some delusional people seemed to think Visconti was–are just as cynical and self-serving as the major party candidates.

      • msavage

        Nope, didn’t see it coming. Really thought Joe was in it for the duration. Call me an idealist–though that seems to have become an insult these days. Yep, Joe probably earned himself a primo spot in Foley’s administration.

      • Bill Morrison

        Mary,

        Do you really want the candidate who brought you Adamowski? I remember you fighting him heroically. You are now bowing to his master.

        • Bill Morrison

          And, no, I do not want Foley, either. However, with Malloy, the old adage applies, “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!” Malloy is a proven enemy of teachers and education; Foley is merely proposing to do that which Malloy has already tried.

        • Bill Morrison

          And, please, do not distort what I am saying again. Don’t make assumptions; if you have questions about my meaning, please ask.

    • CTedFromTheTrenches

      I will also be writing in Jonathan Pelto.

  • buygoldandprosper

    Similar to Connecticut’s de facto segregation, but without the surf and sun:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/in-plain-sight/malibu-wants-out-wealthy-seek-secession-school-district-n238471

    Oh! By the way…VOTE PELTO OR FOLEY TUESDAY or live another four years regretting free advice.

  • Bill Morrison

    Jon,
    I will vote for you. I really wish that you had campaigned! Maybe more would do so.

  • Threefifths Tes

    For me it is a done deal.

    • msavage

      Meaning?

  • Mary Gallucci

    Really? the A+ candidate and supposed promoter of third-party representation, who “pledged” he would not drop out of the race?
    This isn’t breaking news, but breaking promises. Not that I’m surprised. But you’ll all be celebrating your “victory” with Foley, the not-third-party candidate Tuesday night. It’s the :”progressive” choice, isn’t it?
    Visconti’s Pledge
    About 15 minutes into the forum, Brooks asked Visconti the question on everyone’s mind.
    “Under any circumstances, in the days leading up to the election, would you drop out of this race and throw your support to Tom Foley?” he asked.
    Visconti shook his head.

    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics/NBC-Connecticut-Hosts-Governors-Forum-Gubernatorial-Malloy-Visconti-Foley-Election-280228352.html

    • Mary Gallucci

      I just noticed that Joe Visconti *could* have told his supporters to write in Pelto/Murphy, but didn’t… gosh, it seemed like we were on the same side for so long… How totally partisan and Republican of Joe… but we can all look forward to a nice plum appointment for Visconti by Foley, after he wins. Maybe “Public Safety”? Visconti has some nice ideas about walking the streets of Hartford, armed; ferrying school children across the streets, armed; administering elementary school, armed… there’s not a lot of nuance to Joe Visconti, but he’ll do. He’ll certainly do.
      I hope the first amendment will be safe, though.

      • jane

        It seems now that its actually Malloy whose gained ground with Visconti out. Perhaps his plum appointment will come from good ol Danny boy . He sure is known for making lots of them.

  • WEP

    If you’re sick of all of them, write in Pelto/Murphy. We must give the message that we are serious in wanting our party leaders to represent those of us who align with a party. And for those who do not align with one of the 2 major parties, it’s time to demonstrate that we won’t be holding our noses and settling for the lesser of two evils! Write in Pelto/Murphy. We must.

  • jrp1900

    As is well known, electoral politics in the United States tend to be 9/10ths tragedy and 1/10th farce. The tragedy is the capture of the political system by the power of Big Money. The farce is the widespread belief that the act of voting is itself sufficient proof of a working democracy. As Henry David Thoreau pointed out, voting is almost meaningless if you have no candidates to vote for and if the real issues are kept off the table. Arguably, this is exactly the scenario in Connecticut, and in many other states.
    When ideology and political convictions are sidelined, the electoral process becomes a charade, something like WWF, wherein two actors go after each other in a exaggerated style. The predominant note of the drama nastiness, as each actor tries hard to wound the other. As Jon Pelto point outs, Dan Malloy and Tom Foley have spent in excess of $30 million to “destroy each other and mislead voters.” The political ads put out by the campaigns of these two worthies have been unedifying and frequently they have been quite nauseating. The combination of viciousness, mendacity and sentimentality is hard to stomach. The fact is Malloy and Foley are quite close on a number of issues, so differences have to by played up and sometimes exaggerated. And sometimes it’s just a matter of sticking the knife in the other guy for the hell of it. In other words, it’s the typical fare of US politics under the wonderful two party/one party system.
    Malloy and Foley are brothers on taxation policy and education reform. They differ on guns, gay marriage and the rights of labor. Their shared positions are significant, but so are the positions where they differ. Foley has been a sly old fox, trying hard not to say too much so he can ride the anti-Malloy wave into the governorship. But when Foley has spoken it is clear that he is no better–and in many respects much worse–when it comes to school privatization and other right-wing initiatives of “school reform.” Malloy disgraced the progressive tradition of the Democratic Party by signing on to the charter school movement and the retrograde system of teacher evaluation. But, truth be told, his horrendous policies were restricted in scope to the Commissioner’s Network. Admittedly, the Commissioner’s Network is a Trojan horse to advance some reprehensible policies beyond the cohort of so-called “failing schools.” However, Mr.Foley has spoken openly of the need to get a 100,000 more children into charter schools. Obviously, he has something in mind that is much bigger than the 25 schools of the Commissioner’s Network.
    Both Malloy and Foley are in agreement with corporate school reform. Malloy proposed some very bad things, but he was partially restrained by the Legislature and the Teacher’s Unions. Can anyone suppose that Foley–with an electoral mandate–will be open to having the unions at the table? It’s clear that Malloy gave the unions a pretty bad deal, but it would have been immeasurably worse under Tom Foley. How does one know this?
    Well just a few weeks ago Joe Visconti was complaining that Tom Foley was not a real “conservative” and that Connecticut is in dire need of a third party. Mr. Visconti professed to be that option. But now with his departure from the race, and his endorsement of Foley, we see quite clearly that Mr. Visconti is just another right wing Republican in Tea Party clothing. But this is nothing unusual. The Tea Party is hardly a spontaneous popular movement: it has been funded and nurtured all along by the Koch brothers and other far right rich people. Their goal all along has been to move the Republican Party to the right, in order to make mainstream their vision of a low tax, unregulated economy, with an emasculated government that does next to nothing for “the little people.” This explains the right wing obsession with controlling government spending and balancing budgets. If the government is unable to spend in the areas of social welfare, people’s expectations are naturally diminished, making them pliable as corporate subjects. Mr. Visconti, and others like him, seem unaware that they are being exploited as “useful idiots.” Obviously, an easy way to take care of spending and budgets is to RAISE taxes on the corporations and the wealthy. Corporations pay a scandalously low tax rate and, worse still, they get politicians like Malloy to give them “tax relief” and other forms of corporate welfare. Mr. Foley will do exactly the same, should he become Governor. The logic is simple: the Big People have to eat first if “the little people” are going to eat at all!

    • R.L.

      One big something that you are missing is that the democrats are not “our” team. Maybe they were once upon a time, but those days are gone. A team’s heart is not determined by their uniform, or in this case the label they stick after their name. Two evil men are running for governor. One of them has already screwed you. It’s that simple.

      • msavage

        Not quite that simple, R.L. He is also missing the fact that with Foley in charge the Dem. legislators will be much more likely to push back. THEY are not completely bought and paid for by the plutocracy yet, I assume. Just too timid and perhaps bamboozled to fight back against “their” party. With an “enemy” in charge, they might wake up and fight back a bit. There isn’t really a Democratic Party at the higher levels anymore, jrp. There is just one party. At the local levels we still have a chance to get decent people with liberal principles to wake up and fight for what they believe in. But they are obviously not clever or brave enough to realize that they already have an enemy running the show if the liar-in-chief has a “D” after his name. The past four years have proven that, now haven’t they?

        • jrp1900

          msavage: You are wedded to the hope that “with Foley in charge the Dem legislators will be much more likely to push back.” But an argument could be made that the Dem legislature will be reluctant to block some of Foley’s key initiatives because: 1). obstructionism might harm the long term viability of Democratic legislators, as Foley will have a “mandate” and frustrating him could prove politically unpopular; and 2.) politics is all about compromise and Democrats might well have to give away some cherished things to protect other cherished things. Push back, of the sort you envisage, is rare and most unlikely. I agree with you that there are plenty of “decent people with liberal principles” who need to “wake up and fight for what they believe in.” I have no illusions about the Democratic Party–in SOME respects, you are right that the party has fled from liberalism. But one thing is certain: the Republican Party and Tom Foley are still very much the party and candidate of reactionary conservatism…

        • msavage

          But they haven’t pushed back at all against Malloy. Eliminating the collective bargaining clause in the education bill is the only example I can think of during Malloy’s first four years where legislators actually said “you’ve gone too far.” And that’s because they had the considerable weight of the unions pushing them. Where else have they pushed back? I might be forgetting something–feel free to remind me. We KNOW where Malloy is taking us, and it ain’t pretty. Keep in mind the definition of insanity–“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We cannot withstand four more years of the same thing.

        • jrp1900

          msavage: Do you think “eliminating the collective bargaining clause in the education bill” is a trivial matter? It was a huge and important victory for teachers and for all state workers in CT. The legislature also put certain strictures on the Commissioner’s Network. It limited the number of schools that could be privatized and it helped to secure a few progressive initiatives in the Bill, like school governance councils. Note: I am not defending Malloy’s education reforms. Not in the least. I am simply pointing out that it is untrue to say that the Democratic Legislature simply rolled over and gave “Dirty Dan” everything he wanted. BTW, there are many definitions of insanity: one is: if you want to turn left sharply turn sharply to the right !

        • msavage

          Of course I don’t think that eliminating the collective bargaining clause is trivial. A true Democrat would never have included that clause in the first place, of course. Good point about the Commissioner’s Network strictures. But again, both of those victories were only due to huge pressure from the unions. Without that pressure, would the legislature have pushed back at all? In fact, were those victories really due to the legislature pushing back at all, or the unions? And, put those two victories on one side of a scale and all of the anti-middle-class (especially PRIVATE, non-union middle-class) actions that Malloy DID accomplish over the past four years–which side is gonna tip the scales further? As a middle-class employee in the private sector, I could never vote for another four years of Dan Malloy. Besides, who is advocating for turning to the right? All along I’ve been advocating for writing in Jon. If you construe that as a vote for Foley, that’s your own (flawed) point of view.

        • buygoldandprosper

          Name one “clean” member of the legislature that has any influence.
          My guess is that they all have refrigerators humming, waiting for cash donations.

        • msavage

          I’m not willing to believe that–yet. These people are our neighbors. There are some decent people left. I do believe that the longer they’re in office, though, the more compromised most people will become. Takes real strength of character to not become tainted by corruption that surrounds you.

        • jane

          When Malloy was elected it was made extremely clear to every dem legislator that they were “either on the bus or off the bus.” That is why we have not heard one peep out of them when it comes to Malloy’s politics. It will not be any different this time around.

        • msavage

          I agree. Will not change. In fact, would probably get worse. There is not the same intimidation factor for D legislators working with an R governor.

        • Incredulous

          I never thought of it like that but that makes sense to me. To remove a Malloy as a “oppressor of the legislature” could allow it to be more representative of the people, even at the expense of installing a “new oppressor”

          I would agree with the assessment that the legislature has been cowed into following along with Malloy’s lead. Early in Malloy’s first term there was a lot of resentment from the legislature, but somehow the became compliant.

      • jrp1900

        R.L.: So if one evil guy has “screwed you,” you might as well give a chance to the other evil guy, who is going to screw you even worse? What kind of “logic” is that??

        • buygoldandprosper

          Give him a chance to screw you…maybe he won’t.

        • jrp1900

          Let me put it like this: if I have to be in slavery, I would rather be in slave in Maryland than a slave “down river” in Alabama. Foley is a slave master from Alabama.

        • CTedFromTheTrenches

          “The only thing that CT voters can agree on is that both candidates suck.” Chuck Scarborough

        • buygoldandprosper

          The chains still bind no matter where you are enslaved. Just write in Pelto or vote Foley. Another four years of Malloy is four years of subjugation to failed policies and corrupt leadership.

        • jrp1900

          If Rowland and Rell are anything to go by, you will still get corrupt leadership if Foley defeats Malloy. Corruption is bipartisan in the good old United States and in the great state of Connecticut.

        • msavage

          Ugh! So frustrating! Of COURSE corruption is bipartisan. No one is arguing that. And of course there will be corruption no matter which of the two evils is elected. What we’re talking about here is the dynamics of the whole system. The dynamics which completely change depending upon which of the two evils is in charge.

        • Incredulous

          I disagree, 4 years of corruption should not be rewarded with 4 more years. Those 4 years were spent whipping down opposition, disassembling institutions that opposed the Malloy Administration, and traveling the country to build economic and political support to further Malloy’s ambitions. Meanwhile the state of CT continued to backslide economically, politically with losses to FOI, freedom of speech, transparency of government and useful participation in government. Anyone replacing the current governor would break the cycle of corruption. There are no term limitations on Governor. He will use his influence and bully powers to erode more campaign ethics laws to advantage himself and his Party.

    • CTedFromTheTrenches

      I always enjoy (and highly respect) your posts. However, what we have is establishment left vs establishment right. We lose either way, and I’ll be dammed if Malloy gets a vote from me. It’s a real shame that McKinney didn’t get the GOP nod.

      • jrp1900

        CTed. Sir, I completely agree that “we lose either way.” But it comes down to a matter of losing an arm or a leg or losing your head. I will take losing a limb over losing my cranium. Not much of a choice, but still a choice. I think it’s a real shame that Jon Pelto and Ebony Murphy did not make it onto the ballot. They would have provided a real progressive option to Dirty Dan and Foley, the Greenwich Brahmin. Thank you for your kind words.

  • I am writing in Pelto/Murphy. Politics in our once great state has gotten too corrupt and money driven, and politicians’ follow the rule, “Party above the people.” So much for our representative democracy! We need to start again and figure out a better way to do elections!

    • Ebony in Hartford

      Thanks!

  • Michael Fryar

    The reality is – attempting a tv ird party candidacy state-wide is a Herculean task. It is better to start local and buil up the networks. Vot Pirate!

  • Bill Morrison

    I have written the following to all of the emails sent to me by the Working Families Party:

    I
    will not vote for Malloy. I am sorry but I am a proud teacher who has
    felt Malloy’s anti-teacher policies acutely. Unfortunately, the Working
    Families Party has supported Malloy at Connecticut’s teachers’
    expense. Foley is terrible, but he is simply advocating many of the
    policies Malloy has implemented, especially in terms of persecuting
    teachers.

    There
    is a Biblical passage that says that whatever is done to the least of
    us is also done to the rest. Malloy has persecuted and harmed teachers
    and the schools while our would-be advocates have stood by and
    applauded. I feel betrayed by both the Unions and by Working Families
    Party.

    Therefore, I will not vote for Malloy. Nor will I vote for Foley. I will write in Pelto.

    Bill Morrison

  • buygoldandprosper

    An EXCELLENT reason to vote for ANYONE BUT MALLOY is his association with Roy-The-Maggot-Occhiogrosso.
    One is defined by the company one keeps.

  • Guest

    Coming to a theater near you…

  • Guest

    Coming soon to a theater near you…

  • buygoldandprosper

    Hartford fix is in…people leaving without voting and now polls in that cesspool of a city will probably remain open later so the party can “get the vote out”. Unbelievable.

  • JMC

    Meanwhile, more election tampering in Hartford as the Dems go to court to get voting hours extended as a result of failure to deliver voter registration lists to polling places on time this morning.

  • Incredulous

    After Pelto failed to make the ballot, and I did sign your petition and circulated your petition, which really opened my eyes to how corrupt that process is. I decided the Democrat Party does not deserve office at all until they substantially change. The only way to break the Party corruption cycle is by getting Democrats in CT out of office. They are no longer the lesser of two evils, they have become the evil. The promises they make cannot be trusted no matter how sweet they sound. They have taken advantage of my compassion to many times.