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Malcolm Pray, The King Of Republican Fundraising In His Heyday, Dies At 84

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Malcolm S. Pray, a Greenwich luxury car dealer who became the undisputed king of state Republican fundraising in the 1980s and 1990s, died this week at the age of 84.

\"malcolmKnown for his generosity, Pray often pitched a gigantic tent on his 8-acre estate in the famed \”backcountry\’\’ section of Greenwich to hold massive parties and even debutante balls for as many as 900 invitees. Pray owned a string of high-end automobile dealerships on the Post Road in upscale Greenwich, and in his heyday, he owned the world\’s largest Audi dealership.

For any Republican candidate needing a major fundraiser, there was only one person to call: Malcolm Pray.

To acknowledge his accomplishments, the state GOP in 1998 awarded Pray its highest honor: the annual Prescott Bush Award.

In his later years, Pray reduced his fundraising as he retired and moved into his 80s. Other Greenwich Republicans, including state Sen. L. Scott Frantz, investor Charlie Glazer, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, stepped up into the fundraising pantheon that had been held exclusively by Pray.

“Pray was great because he got a lot of people to write checks,\’\’ former state GOP chairman Chris Healy told Capitol Watch on Wednesday. \”First of all, he was a very generous guy. You didn’t just show up at his door and say, \’I’m a Republican. Give me a check.\’ He put you through the paces.’’ Continue reading

Battle Over Creating Coltsville National Park In Hartford Has Lasted For Decades

by Categorized: Chris Dodd, George W. Bush, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford, Joe Lieberman, John Rowland Date:

It was an important meeting for John Rowland.

The Republican governor was running for reelection in 2002, and he was riding high as he was near the height of his popularity. He was the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a close friend of then-President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The scandals that would lead to his downfall and federal prison sentence had not yet come to full light.

Rowland had arrived to see The Hartford Courant\’s editorial board, and the members were asking him why he was running for a third term. They wanted to know what was on his plate on the important issues of the day: tax cuts, balancing the state budget, providing more money for education.

So, a board member asked Rowland directly, what unfinished issue did he need to tackle and why was he running for a third term?

\”Coltsville,\’\’ Rowland deadpanned. Continue reading

Wesleyan: 2012 Breaks Record For Most Campaign TV Commercials

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If you thought you\’ve never seen so many political commercials, you are right.

A new study by Wesleyan University says that more than 900,000 presidential campaign commercials have been played on both cable television and broadcast stations since the campaign strated. That represents a jump of 44.5 percent since October 2008 and a hike of 43.7 percent from October 2004 when Republican incumbent George W. Bush was running against Democrat John Kerry.

“When all is said and done, 2012 will go down as a record-pulverizing year for political advertising,” Erika Franklin Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, said in a statement.  “We’ve already surpassed the total number of presidential ads aired during the entire 2008 campaign – and we still have two weeks to go before Election Day.  What is especially striking is that the ads are concentrated on fewer markets than 2008, meaning that a smaller number of Americans have witnessed the onslaught of messages in the race for the White House.”

McMahon, Murphy React to New UConn/Courant Poll Showing Murphy Up By 6 Points; UConn Defends Poll Methodology

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This morning\’s University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll showing Democrat Chris Murphy leading Republican Linda McMahon, 44 percent to 38 percent, in the hotly contested Connecticut Senate race drew swift reactions from both sides.

McMahon campaign manager Corry Bliss questioned the poll\’s methodology:

\"\"\”These results are extremely suspect. Even the poll director herself is hedging on the veracity of the results by saying it is \’not necessarily a 6-point lead,\’ so this is a clear indication that the methodology of this poll is completely flawed. Clearly, this poll oversampled Democrats and severely undersampled Independents. Recognizing that Independents represent the largest voting bloc in the state and that Linda McMahon has been winning Independents by a significant margin in every other public poll released during the past several weeks, it becomes obvious that this poll is not representative of Connecticut\’s voting population — despite the Courant\’s biased attempt to dismiss the sampling errors. Linda McMahon will defeat Chris Murphy in this race because she is the only candidate who has a plan in place to bring back jobs, cut middle-class taxes, and get our economy back on track. After six failed years in Congress, Connecticut voters will ultimately decide they just can\’t afford six more years of Congressman Murphy\’s failures.\”

From Murphy spokesman Eli Zupnick:

\"\"“Linda McMahon\’s campaign is now so desperate to convince people that this race isn\’t slipping away that they are more focused on attacking polls than talking about issues. Connecticut voters are seeing past McMahon\’s nasty personal attacks and are hearing more and more about her right-wing Republican plans to end Social Security, privatize Medicare, cut taxes for the rich, and deny rape victims access to emergency contraception,\” said Murphy campaign spokesman Eli Zupnick.  \”And the more they learn, the more they move toward Chris Murphy, the one candidate with a strong record of fighting for jobs and Connecticut\’s middle class families.”
UConn poll director Jennifer Necci Dineen said Thursday that the complaints about \”oversampling\’\’ are nothing new in political campaigns, saying that similar charges were made by supporters of Democrat John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race that was later won by Republican President George W. Bush.
The poll released the following statement:
\”The University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll stands firmly behind its results, including the methodology used for screening likely voters. We begin with a random sample of all Connecticut adults, screening to ensure the respondent is registered and then asking a series of questions to determine the respondents’ likelihood to vote. Those likely voters then receive the remainder of the questionnaire.
\”A party’s voter registration or the party with which they say they identify – which are not necessarily the same — do not factor in to “likely voter” status. Our intention is to produce the best, most objective picture of the race for Connecticut’s open Senate seat as of the time of the polling.

\”While the data in our October 18 release shows an increase in Chris Murphy\’s share of the vote, the point spread is within the survey’s margin of error.  A margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points means that the survey estimates that McMahon\’s share of the vote is 38 percent, plus or minus 4 (resulting in a range of 34 to 42 percent).  Likewise, Chris Murphy\’s number of 44 percent, plus or minus 4, means his share of the vote is between 40 and 48 percent.  The actual difference could be 6 points, but it could also be more or less.\’\’

GOP\’s Andrew Roraback Holding Fundraiser With Henry Kissinger In New York City

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Battling against $800,000 in campaign commercials by national Democrats, Republican C0ngressional candidate Andrew Roraback is holding three fundraisers with national figures to boost his campaign coffers.

\"\"The first event was Sunday at a private home in Greenwich with U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking Republican in the House.

The second is with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the famed former Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, in New York City on Wednesday. Kissinger, 89, has maintained a second home for more than 25 years in Roraback\’s district in Kent. Kissinger\’s wife, Nancy, is a registered Republican in Kent, while the former Secretary votes in New York City.

Kissinger\’s isolated estate, which is about 50 acres, was the site of a major fundraiser in April 2008 with then-President George W. Bush for state Senator David Cappiello, who was running for the same seat that Roraback is now seeking. The district stretches from Simsbury to Meriden to Danbury to Salisbury. Continue reading