by Charles A. Monagan
Nov 10, 2012
08:29 AMOn Connecticut
Big Money, Small People
A couple of thoughts on Connecticut's race for the 5th District congressional seat, which went to Democrat Elizabeth Esty:
If you include both her own fundraising and money from outside sources, Esty raised $5,349,973 for her successful campaign. Her opponent, Andrew Roraback, raised $3,504,392.
All these millions were raised for someone who, at best, would enjoy 1/435 influence in the U.S. House of Representatives - and of course in reality much less because of a lack of seniority.
Fifty-four years ago, in 1958, the winner in the 5th District race, also a newcomer, raised and spent less than $15,000 during his campaign - and that was a very typical amount in Connecticut at that time.
That should tell you everything you need to know about the size of the federal government then and now, and the number of hands that today want a piece of it (and a piece of their elected official).
Secondly, it didn't take long for the post-election period to produce its first blatant lie. A character named Robby Mook, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was quoted two days after the election by Jordan Fenster in the New Haven Register as saying, "Roraback embraced the toxic Tea Party agenda" as a way of explaining why he lost.
Anyone who lives in Connecticut who pays the slightest attention to politics knows that Andrew Roraback, while certainly a faithful Republican, did not "embrace" the Tea Party and in fact distanced himself from it on several occasions.
Message to Mook: You won the election. You can get up out of the gutter now.Big Money, Small People