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Dean Claims Underdog Status In Campaign Announcement

by Hugh McQuaid | Mar 18, 2014 9:16pm
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Martha Dean

Martha Dean began what she expects will be an adversarial gubernatorial campaign Tuesday night with a far-ranging speech at Hartford’s Old State House where she framed herself as a persecuted but resilient candidate.

Dean, an Avon lawyer and two-time Republican nominee for Attorney General, advocated for some policy initiatives during her address to about two dozen supporters. She called for repealing the state income tax, ending public sector unions, and establishing tolls to pay for repairs to roads and bridges.

But Dean also took the unconventional step of voluntarily bringing up controversial elements of her past in a speech designed to kick off her late entry into an already crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates.

“You’re going to hear in this campaign, my opponents bring out some of the adversity that I’ve been through and I just want to tell you that there is nothing you could ask me that I won’t answer . . . but there’s nothing I’m ashamed of, there’s nothing I feel I did wrong,” she said.

Dean told supporters they would hear terrible things said about her, “most of which are not true.”

She cited controversy that occurred in early 2013 when she posted a video on Facebook suggesting the Newtown shootings were staged, prompting criticisms from Republicans and Democrats.

“No, I never did say that I agreed about a Newtown hoax,” she said Tuesday. “That’s completely fabricated.”

Dean also referenced a long and difficult court fight with her ex-husband over custody of her son. She said the case has been resolved satisfactorily, but that it took eight years longer than it should have and she was unnecessarily persecuted.

“[People] are going to hear that I am ‘Crazy Martha,’ you know, I saw that in the court system, the family court system. I step in after the 2010 race and I was treated like the worst of the worst that could possibly exist in Connecticut,” she said.

She compared her experiences in court to discrimination experienced by immigrants, Black Americans, elderly people, and other groups. She said it was “incredibly vicious” and painful.

“That is what government does when it’s out of control and if I am governor we’re not going to tolerate it,” she said.

Dean also took aim at the state’s reporters and columnists, whom she said had a “macabre interest” in her candidacy. She asked her supporters to call out any media outlet that prints “despicable” things about her.

“This is going to sell a lot of papers. It will, because people in Connecticut, much like the Romans back in the time of the gladiators . . . [when] it was entertainment to see people ripped apart limb-by-limb and killed. And it is entertainment in Connecticut, in the media to do the same,” she said.

Dean described what she sees as her adversity at length but said she felt called to run in this year’s gubernatorial race by God. Dean said she believed she was put here to “be a true blessing for Connecticut.”

“I can stand here today and say I’m broken but every time I’m knocked down I get up. That’s what we’re asked to do: we’re called to run the race, we’re called to get up . . . I’m not done being knocked down but I’m going to get up until I draw my last breath and I am not fishing for votes, I’m fishing for souls,” she said.

Dean joins former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley, Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, and Joe Visconti of West Hartford in the race for the Republican nomination.

Dean announced her intention to run for the nomination last week on her Facebook page. The news was quickly spread by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group of Second Amendment supporters, who were excited about her entrance into the race. Dean has been helping the group with their lawsuit against the state which last year passed stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Dean addressed the group last week and explained why she decided to get into the race when she did, and why she planned on using the state’s public campaign finance system, which she declined to use in 2010.

In the video, Dean said if she doesn’t win the Republican convention convincingly it’s not likely she would continue to a primary.

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posted by: NoNonsense2014 | March 18, 2014  10:18pm

Oh, my. This will certainly be interesting.

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | March 19, 2014  7:16am

DrHunterSThompson

cool.  was Lee Whitnum there? 

HST

posted by: art vandelay | March 19, 2014  7:27am

art vandelay

Abolishing the Income Tax & Public Sector Unions!  She has my vote.  Instituting tolls???
I’ll take some bad with the good.

posted by: Chien DeBerger | March 19, 2014  8:21am

Martha is a conservative evangelical Christian, so she will get the Palin treatment as all conservative women get. Sad, but this method works for the deathocrats.

posted by: Joebigjoe | March 19, 2014  8:36am

I’m part of CCDL and this member and others I know are not excited about this.

She is a horrible candidate and I was embarrassed for gun owners and for her when she was on the Rowland show. If you can’t explain things that have happened in the past that are beyond evil as it relates to gun registration and confiscation using actual historical facts, and not sounding like a loon, you are not helping gun rights. You are emboldening the anti-gun nuts.

posted by: GBear423 | March 19, 2014  11:45am

GBear423

“She cited controversy that occurred in early 2013 when she posted a video on Facebook suggesting the Newtown shootings were staged…”

If she posted a video giving some bizarre ‘truther’ angle to Newtown, then I have to agree with Joe, she is only doing harm to the 2A cause.  was that clarified?  Did she post it? agreeing/disagreeing doesn’t matter, she legitimizes that garbage by promoting it on her web page.

posted by: jenand | March 19, 2014  12:02pm

“Called on by God” to run? That’s my cue to exit..“I’m fishing for souls”? It’s not nice to fish for souls for one’s own selfish purposes - just ask God

posted by: dano860 | March 19, 2014  12:53pm

Jenand, I am with you on that one. Phishing may be the more correct term here.
She has to realize that she has the chance of a pickle in a coleslaw factory of coming out of this un shredded.
She needs to vet one of her competitors and have her supporters get behind them. Her jumping in says they are delusional and all of their will only serve to dilute the vote at the primary.
Let’s hope they come to their senses.

posted by: Greg | March 19, 2014  12:57pm

She’s unelectable in CT. Period.

posted by: art vandelay | March 19, 2014  1:09pm

art vandelay

I agree she’s unelectable, but I do like her ideas.  I agree w/Chien’s comment regarding the Palin treatment.  It’s too bad Toni Harp as a Liberal Democrat did not get the same treatment that Sarah Palin got during her campaign for Mayor.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | March 19, 2014  2:06pm

@ Art Vandelay: “The Palin treatment”? Sarah Palin was an intellectual lightweight who was running for VP. If Toni Harp ever thinks of running for anything higher than mayor of NH, I suspect you’d read similar things about her. I believe she’s similarly challenged. It’s really got nothing to do with being female, though, as far as I’m concerned. Plenty of male candidates are similarly deficient, too. Would Martha Dean be electable anywhere? How about the first Dem to announce for Gov this year—Lee Whitnum? “Palin treatment”? Only where it’s deserved.

posted by: Joebigjoe | March 19, 2014  4:16pm

I agree Palin “WAS” an intellectual lightweight.

Not anymore. She is sharper now than alot of people running this government like Harry Reid, John Boehner and Uncle Joe.

posted by: Chien DeBerger | March 19, 2014  4:32pm

@No Nonsense-
“If Toni Harp ever thinks of running for anything higher than mayor of NH, I suspect you’d read similar things about her.”

Sure, I have a bridge for sale..

posted by: StanMuzyk | March 19, 2014  8:01pm

Unlike Gov. Malloy, Martha Dean cannot be blamed for the state’s fiscal demise. She is qualified and deserving to run for Governor. Instead of “crystal-balling her badly—give the lady a chance.”
I agree with Art.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | March 20, 2014  9:12am

@Joebigjoe: Sarah Palin may APPEAR sharper by comparison to some others, but she has not become any sharper. So she still IS an intellectual lightweight.

@StanMuzyk: I agree that Martha Dean can’t be blamed for anything, but that’s only because she hasn’t held elective office. But I haven’t seen or read or heard anything from her that indicates to me that she’s qualified to be Governor. Indeed, I wonder why anybody gives her any credibility.

posted by: StanMuzyk | March 20, 2014  10:01am

Why aren’t we branding Gov. Malloy as “Unelectable” instead of Martha Dean?  Malloy has not been the answer to master our big state problems—but has been a big contributor to our downfall.  Martha Dean is like “a breath of fresh air” in comparison to our current bad performance leader.  Don’t bad-mouth Martha Dean.  Encourage anyone who has the guts to run against Malloy—“our social tax-payer benefits paid for votes leader.”

posted by: Joebigjoe | March 20, 2014  12:45pm

No Nonsense, even people from the GOP establishment which is the right wing of the Democrat party, think she has gotten alot smarter. She was never exposed to any of this stuff as Governor.

If anyone can listen to Martha Dean when she was on the Rowland show, it was just not good at all. I cant stand Malloy but it was not good at all. Trust me. Rowland was rude to her but she made Sarah Palin look like a rocket scientist in 2008.

Put some her comments into a commercial if she was the nominee and we get four more years of Malloy.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | March 20, 2014  2:32pm

@Joebigjoe: I agree with you 100% on Dean’s performance on the Rowland radio show. Horrible. Rambling, double-talking nonsense. Embarrassing.

@StanMuzyk: We can’t brand Malloy as “unelectable” because, the fact is, he was elected. And likely will be again. I don’t think any of the Republicans will defeat him.

posted by: StanMuzyk | March 20, 2014  3:23pm

@NoNonsense2014; I respect your view—and my reply is: I haven’t seen or read anything that indicates that Gov. Malloy is qualified to be governor. He has had plenty of time to prove himself at a tremendous expense to taxpayers—and even another lawyer like Martha Dean, who happens to be a political novice—looks good to me.
The same old political madness by our Governor—just isn’t working—and his deficit spending has left the state in a hole—
but his daily taxpayer paid press releases are intended to cover-up his miss-direction, and should be taken in that prospective.

posted by: NoNonsense2014 | March 20, 2014  4:35pm

@StanMuzyk: I respect your view as well. For me, though, Malloy’s first-term performance may be bad, but it can’t make Martha look better to me. Whichever candidates happen to win their respective parties’ nominations, I suspect that, come Election Day, I’m going to have to fill in the little circle while holding my nose.

posted by: StanMuzyk | March 20, 2014  7:34pm

@NoNonsence: You are correct.  It’s difficult to beat an established Democratic politician—even if he hasn’t produced any Democratic prosperity. All he needs to win is his taxpayer paid hip-pocket social benefit votes. There are too many Republican candidates to give Malloy
any challenge at this early stage. Realistically Malloy has already won the election with his taxpayer paid votes lock.

posted by: StanMuzyk | March 22, 2014  12:55pm

According to the Cato Institute, who has been making a pre-tax welfare income study since 1954, in 2013 Connecticut was the fourth largest welfare payer in the country with an expenditure of $44,370 per family.  Welfare prosperity, while killing state business, is the only prosperity that the Democratic Party has brought into Connecticut. Welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 32 states and the District of Columbia—and Connecticut is a top four leader of welfare payment in the USA. Welfare benefits have increased faster than the minimum wage.  It’s now more profitable to sit at home and vote for Gov. Dannel Malloy and the Democratic led state political majority—than it is to earn an honest day’s pay.  Republican candidates for Governor have a tough shot to get elected “with Malloy and company having a taxpayer paid welfare vote in their hip pocket.”