Thursday, August 05, 2010

CT 2010 Primary

The candidates for governor had a debate on Tuesday. I didn't watch it, but I read this recap. The gist of it is that Lamont is expecting to win. He's playing this game where he's not committing to anything like raising taxes on the top 1% incomes, so that he can appeal to more conservative voters in the general election. Malloy, on the other hand, is appealing to the base by making progressive promises. The question is who actually means it.

The latest Quinnipiac poll (which is almost a month old) still favors Lamont, though Malloy is gaining. It also favors either democratic candidate over each of the republican candidates. (A more recent poll only asked about republican candidates.)

I'm now leaning toward Lamont because of his willingness to commit to what I think are good policies. If he says it now, he's more likely to keep saying it during the general election and later. The other thing I like about him is that he's already been in government, whereas Lamont is a businessman. Politicians are not necessarily good, but corporations are almost exclusively bad.

It worries me that they're both concerned with growing jobs by making CT more appealing to businesses. I like the idea of more jobs too, but if businesses are going to come here, set up shop, and take advantage of Connecticutians (low wages, few benefits, tax breaks, etc.), I don't want them here. I also want to hear more about how they're going to improve public transportation and improve urban schools. Malloy is talking about these things more than Lamont, but neither is really persuasive.

The primary election is next Tuesday; results will be posted here.

1 comment:

  1. Updated Quinnipiac poll says Lamont 45%, Malloy 40%, 14% undecided, 1% not accounted for? But 43% of the people who chose a candidate said they might change their mind before the primary. Hah! So this will be exciting. My favorite part of the poll report is actually that they give a pronunciation for Quinnipiac, "KWIN-uh-pe-ack."