Tuesday, May 11, 2004
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays accepts the GOP nomination for re-election from the 4th Congressional District at the party’s convention in Stamford Monday night. “I ask for your active support not just tonight but throughout this campaign,” he said. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell cites the record of her Republican opponent as she accepts the Democratic Party nomination tonight at the party’s convention in Norwalk to run in the 4th Congressional District against Rep. Christopher Shays. See more photos on POLITICS page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is dwarfed by the American flag as he accepts the Republican nomination to run for re-election in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District tonight at the party’s convention in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
Saturday, May 08, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell chats with delegates to the 2004 State Democratic Convention today in Hartford where Sen. Christopher Dodd was nominated for a fifth term. Republicans meeting in Southington nominated Jack Orchulli, a Darien businessman and political unknown, to oppose him. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Jessica Bram for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 07, 2004
It will be a busy Monday night for Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays.
Both are expected to be nominated by their parties as candidates in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.
Democrats will gather at the Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk for their nominating session while Republicans will meet at the Italian Center in Stamford to nominate Shays for re-election.
A taste of the Farrell-Shays race came in a report in this week’s Minuteman newspaper in Westport.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Today’s Connecticut Post profiles Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and said the Democrat poses the biggest challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chrisopher Shays has ever faced for re-election. The newspaper earlier this year did a similar front-page profile of Shays.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
The General Assembly will send a $14.3 billion budget plan to Gov. John G. Rowland’s desk and leaders insist they have the votes to override a veto.
Westport’s two state representatives and state senator, all Republicans, voted against the budget. Included in the budget is a six-month delay in implementing a 5.5 percent fare increase on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.
The package Friday won broad bipartisan support in both chambers, which are controlled by Democrats. It passed the House of Representatives 113-36 early in the morning, then swept the Senate 25-9 at night.
The Republican governor has said he would veto a Democratic spending plan, though Friday morning he said he’d wait and see what happened.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
It’s only April, but the Democrats are already rolling out the big party guns for Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell in her uphill battle to unseat veteran Republican Congressman Christopher Shays in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell chats with Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at a Westport fund-raiser tonight. WestportNow.com photo
Today it was the turn of Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He joined Farrell in a conference call with reporters to talk about the race as he headed for a fundraising event in Westport tonight.
“This is going to be a spectacular year for Democrats in Connecticut,” McAuliffe said.
He said national Democrats had targeted the Farrell-Shays contest as a “top-tier race” that will mean big party names and national campaign funds directed to help her.
“We’re going to stand up and we are going to fight for her,” he said.
Westport’s Democratic First Selectwoman, Diane G. Farrell, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in the fall election, told supporters Monday in Greenwich that Shays has lost touch with the concerns of voters in the 4th Congressional District, The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reported today.
“I’ve been here the past 10 years, eating, sleeping and breathing the issues of this district,” said Farrell, according to the newspaper. “Chris has been in Washington for the past 16 years.”
Farrell’s comments came during an hour-long lunchtime forum with about 40 people, including former Greenwich First Selectman Richard Bergstresser, at Town Hall.
The brief speech, followed by a question-and-answer session, was Farrell’s first public appearance in Greenwich since she announced her candidacy last month.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell got plenty of attention at tonight’s Democratic Party fundraiser in Southington, including some advice from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, prominently mentioned as a vice presidential candidate.
Many of the 1,200 guests attending the 56th annual Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey dinner at the Aqua Turf Club sported blue and white “Diane Farrell for Congress” stickers and Richardson called attention to her during his keynote address.
“Look around you, future Congresswoman, don’t forget those people who are supporting you, remember them when you are elected,” said Richardson, a former member of Congress, U.N. ambassador, and secretary of energy under President Clinton.
The first-term Democrat is considered to be on the short list of running mates for presidential candidate John Kerry.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Westport Democrat First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell raised $371,514.62 in the period Jan. 1 to March 31 in her bid to unseat veteran Republican congressman Christopher Shays, a filing showed today.
Meanwhile, Shays raised $249,442.17 in the same period, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Web site.
According to Farrell’s filing, the campaign made a $1,500 refund on a contribution, received $14,900 from political parties or political action committees, expended $39,829.16, and had $330,185.46 cash on hand at the close of the reporting period.
Shays received $72,273.23 from political parties or political action committees, expended $80,527.40, and had $365,417.77 cash on hand at the close of the reporting period, according to his filing.
A Farrell campaign press release said of 719 total contributors, 87 percent were from individuals living in the 17 towns and cities of the 4th Congressional District and 91 percent were from Connecticut.
Sunday, April 04, 2004
State and local politicians turned out in numbers today for the “Fifth Annual Pro-Choice Men Make Brunch” event sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut at a private Westport home. State Treasurer Denise Nappier turns to make a comment to state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Attendees included Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (rear in front of window) and Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c). (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was among the cooks today at the “Pro-Choice Men Make Brunch” at a private Westport home. Listening to his remarks are (l to r) state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard, Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss, state Rep. Bob Duff, and author Erica Jong. Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy is at right. Speakers denounced Bush administration efforts to limit women’s rights regarding abortions. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Sunday’s New York Times picks up the theme that last month’s I-95 tanker accident in Bridgeport also had some political overtones.
Flashback: Shays, Farrell and Fabrizi at a March 26 news conference at the I-95 tanker accident site. WestportNow.com photo/Cablevision News-12
The politics included 4th District Republican incumbent Christopher Shays and his Democratic opponent, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (See “Analysis: I-95 Tanker Accident Adds Sparks to Shays-Farrell Race”, WestportNow March 27, 2004)
In a story in the Connecticut section, the Times said that politics may have had a hand in speeding up the repairs to the overpass damaged in the accident.
“Politicians, some of whom needed just this sort of opportunity to demonstrate their largess, descended upon Bridgeport from Hartford and Washington holding checks and promising resources,” the Times said.
Today’s New York Times spotlight’s Westport’s Al Puchala and his sometime investment partner Douglas Korn as examples of successful businessmen who have jumped into the trenches of American presidential politics on opposite sides.
“For 20 years, Al Puchala was in political hibernation. So was his sometime investment partner, Douglas Korn. They were busy with other things: career, marriage, children, charities,” the Times said in the Westport-datelined report.
“Sure, they voted as a civic duty, but in their world of high finance, politics was considered a private thing rude if openly displayed.
“But this is 2004. People are mad. The world is scary. So here come two high-powered executives who are friends and associates, jumping into the trenches of American presidential politics on opposite sides.”
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
The extra effort being mounted by Democrats for Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell in her race to unseat veteran Republican congressman Chris Shays has prompted Congressional Quarterly to change its re-election rating for Shays from “Safe Republican” to “Republican Favored.”
“Based on his past performances, Republican Rep. Christopher Shays looks pretty close to a sure thing as he seeks a 10th victory in Connecticut’s 4th District,” the respected Capitol Hill publication said in its updated assessment of the race.
“But there are not many vulnerable Republican incumbents nationally because of redistricting and other institutional factors.
“And Democratic strategists have sworn to broaden the playing field by challenging a number of seemingly entrenched GOP House members—one of whom is Shays.”
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Today’s Hartford Courant spotlights an effort by Democrats to discredit Rep. Christopher Shays, the incumbent 4th District Republican who will face Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell in November.
“Democrats were waiting in the bunker as Chris Shays voted on the budget earlier this month,” the newspaper said in a report from Washington.
“Voting with the majority on the House Budget Committee, he turned back repeated efforts by Democrats to add money for a host of programs by scaling back tax breaks for the wealthy.”
The newspaper said the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pounced, accusing Shays of “creating soaring deficits” and “masquerading as a moderate in Connecticut while voting for a far right wing agenda in Washington.”
Monday, March 29, 2004
The New Haven Register reported today that Republican feathers were ruffled earlier this month when Rep. Rosa DeLauro from Connecticuts 3rd Congressional District ventured into the neighboring 4th District to stump with Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays.
Neither ShaysҒ congressional office, nor his campaign, would comment on the purported offense, which one Shays supporter said is without modern precedent in his district, the newspaper said.
But Rep. Rob Simmons a Republican from Connecticuts 2nd District, who two years ago saw out-of-district Dems stump in his district for then-challenger Joe Courtney, said that he would not do such a thing, at least not without a courtesy call to the affected colleague/fellow incumbent, the report said.
“ThatҒs just a rule that I follow,” Simmons told the newspaper. “Im not sure that everyone does, but I follow that rule to the best of my ability.”
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Westport state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard addresses today’s “Rock the Vote” meeting at Jesup Green. The Republican lawmaker urged teens of voting age not only to register to vote but also to seek public office. “That’s the real way to get things changed,” he said. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell was among several local officials who discussed voting issues with teens today at Jesup Green as part of a “Rock the Vote” national drive to get more young people registered to vote. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The I-95 tanker truck accident in Bridgeport Thursday night not only ignited a fireball in the nighttime sky, but it also added some early sparks to the race to represent the state’s largest city and surrounding Fairfield County in Congress.
Shays, Farrell and Fabrizi at Friday’s news conference at the I-95 tanker accident site. WestportNow.com photo/Cablevision News-12
Rep. Christopher Shays, the veteran 4th District incumbent Republican, was in Washington when the accident occurred.
But he quickly made it back to his hometown in time to join the city’s Democratic Mayor John Fabrizi late Friday afternoon for a news conference at the accident scene.
With multiple live television cameras focused on him, Shays outlined federal aid he had helped line up earlier in the day.
Also there and perhaps not particularly welcome by the congressman—was Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, the Democrat who will try to unseat Shays in November.
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Democrat Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell’s uphill battle to unseat veteran Republican 4th District Congressman Christopher Shays got some national exposure today.
Roll Call, the newspaper which covers Capitol Hill, featured the Shays-Farrell race in a story quoting Connecticut Democrats as saying Gov. John Rowland’s ongoing problems could weaken the re-election chances of Shays and Rep. Rob Simmons of the 2nd District.
“On its face, the 4th District seems ripe ground for a Democratic takeover,” the newspaper said.
“Gore won a 53 percent to 43 percent victory over George W. Bush there in 2000, fueled in part by the fact that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D), who was born within the district’s lines, was Gore’s vice presidential nominee.”
Roll Call said that Democrats believe Rowland’s problems, coupled with the likelihood that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) will carry both districts in the presidential race, “could create a charged climate to defeat the two House members.”
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Westport state Sen. Judith G. Freedman called today for legislative action to cap escalating medical malpractice insurance costs.
The Republican lawmaker joined a bipartisan group of legislators and physicians from across the state in asking the General Assembly to pass the legislation.
I am a patient, and I know how important it is that you, the physicians we depend upon, have the laws you need in order to be able to afford medical malpractice insurance,” Freedman said in a statement.
“Besides keeping your legislators informed, I urge you to encourage your patients to call us and demand effective legislation. This issue affects them, as well.”
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear at a $1,000-per-person Westport fundraiser April 3.
The Saturday noon brunch honoring the New York Democrat will take place at the Bayberry Lane home of Bob and Yvette Rose, according to invitations from Clinton’s “Friends of Hillary” group.
Rose, a senior managing director at Bear Stearns, is a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser and has hosted past Westport fundraisers for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
In addition to the Roses, the event’s host committee includes Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell; state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Ellen Camhi, chair of the Stamford Democratic City Committee.
Monday, March 15, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell’s Bridgeport announcement today of her candidacy for Congress drew Democratic political luminaries to the Schwerdtle Stamp Co. They included (l to r) Comptroller Nancy Wyman, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, Treasurer Denise Nappier, Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi, and state Sen. Ernest Newton. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Ted Diamond for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell officially kicked off her campaign today to unseat veteran Republic Congressman Christopher Shays.
She portrayed him as inattentive to growing regional transportation woes and said he had undergone a “startling” change in his voting record that has hurt Fairfield County.
“I have no personal animus against Christopher Shays,” Farrell told about 50 supporters at Oscar’s Deli on Main Street.
It was the first of four district appearances announcing her candidacy touted as a “Victory 2004 District Swing.”
“This is not about an individual,” she said, adding that the race should not be partisan but about “issues and accountability.”
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, in officially announcing her candidacy today to challenge Republican Christopher Shays, said the race is “not about the person (Shays) but the politics that person is supporting.” With her at Oscar’s Deli was husband Win. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell officially kicked off her campaign for Congress today with a formal announcement at Oscar’s Deli on Westport’s Main Street. She followed with similar appearances in Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk. With her are husband Win (l) and Selectman Carl Leaman. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, March 12, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell will make it official Monday that she is running for Congress to challenge veteran Republican incumbent Christopher Shays with a whirlwind tour around the 4th Congressional District.
The two-term Westport chief executive will make her initial announcement she is seeking the Democratic nomination at 8 a.m. at Oscar’s Delicatessen on Main Street. Then it will be on to stops in Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk.
The 10 a.m. Bridgeport appearance will be at the Schwerdtle Stamp Co., 166 Elm St.