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Where Will CT’s Congressmen Be For The President’s SOTU Address?

by | Jan 25, 2011 5:59am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
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In response to the Arizona shootings and the country’s heated partisan rhetoric, Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill challenged each other to leave partisanship at the door by sitting next to one another for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. Some of Connecticut’s delegation will be participating in the symbolic gesture, while others won’t.

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, chairman of the Democratic caucus, will be seated with Democratic leadership in an area where he typically sits during joint sessions. The only difference is this time he doesn’t belong to the majority party.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has no specific plans to sit next to anyone Tuesday, while U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney said he’s looking forward to sitting with Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania.

“GT and I both serve on the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, and together succeeded two years ago in obtaining emergency funding for dairy farmers during the industry’s worst-ever economic crisis,” Courtney said Monday. “I am pleased to continue the recent resurgence of bipartisan civility with him at the State of the Union.”

Retiring U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman will join Courtney in a display of bipartisanship by sitting with U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

Since at least 2007 Lieberman, who chaired the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, established a Democrat-Republican-Democrat-Republican seating arrangement in place of the usual seating arrangement which had the two parties sitting on opposite sides of the dais.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a freshman, isn’t sure where he’s sitting, but his staff promises it will be next to a GOP colleague. U.S. Reps. Chris Murphy and Jim Himes weren’t sure about their seating arrangements late Monday night.

But Connecticut’s Congressional delegation won’t be the only ones from the Nutmeg state in attendance Tuesday night.

Larson has invited Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to be his guest at the annual address.

“Strengthening our economy and bolstering competiveness are goals, both myself and Governor Malloy, believe are needed to secure our state’s prosperity,“ Larson said.

The sentiment was echoed by Malloy, who accepted the invitation.

“I’ve been clear that my main focus as Connecticut’s governor is to create new jobs while getting our fiscal house in order,” said Malloy.“Getting people back to work while facing some very real challenges, both in the state and nationally, won’t be an easy task.”

But elected officials won’t be the only ones in attendance Tuesday.

Ursula M. Burns chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation will be seated in First Lady Michelle Obama‘s box during the President’s speech.

Ms. Burns, of Norwalk, was named by the President to help lead the White House campaign on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in November 2009, and is on the board of Change the Equation, a coalition of over 100 CEOs focused on STEM education.

Burns was appointed vice chair of the President’s Export Council in March 2010.

Click here for an interactive seating chart of the First Lady’s box.

Also Robin Chesmer, managing partner of The Farmer’s Cow, has been invited to be Courtney’s guest. Courtney was recently appointed to the Agriculture Committee and was the founder of the Dairy Caucus.

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posted by: robn | January 25, 2011  10:26am

If a Congressperson really wants to impress us, he or she should sit next to a person from the other party that they hate, not somebody they’re chummy with.

posted by: Specter | January 25, 2011  10:46am

And so the fiction continues…such drama!

posted by: ... | January 25, 2011  11:17am


I just hope the travel for Malloy is not on our dime (either federal or state), but Larson’s (as he is the one inviting Malloy, and not all Reps. Senators choose to bring a guest).

posted by: Disgruntled | January 25, 2011  2:39pm

Rubbing elbows,or probably bending elbows,in DC will not bring jobs back to Connecticut.
Another day,another trip out of state.
When I am not in my office I do not get paid.I suppose I am in the wrong line of work.

posted by: hawkeye | January 25, 2011  8:20pm

Like an orchestrated soap opera, and Gov. Malloy will be in Washington for the fourth time trying to squeeze blood out of a stone!

Malloy should stay home, and save his frequent flyer expense tab, as an example of some austerity needed in our broke state government.

posted by: logical1 | January 25, 2011  10:15pm

I think it is great to see some outreach from the State’s Chief Elected Executive. It is about time and a great use of our assets and his time.

posted by: hawkeye | January 26, 2011  1:02pm

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, paying for his own frequent trips to Washington?  Are you kidding, Jones?

Malloy is a TAKER that took taxpayer public funding to get elected, with no regard for our massive state indebtedness.

“The big city educated voters,” put his big spender of taxpayer money, into office, under the delusion that this free-loader, would pull us out of our bankruptcy course dilemna.  No way!  Malloy continues to be the bad spending example, that voters willingly voted for, and he continues to be a big spender, with Connecticut taxpayer money, that we do not have.

“Gov. Malloy is the worst example, for state budget-cutting, as he remains incapable of trimming his own, personal spending budget.”

Malloy can’t control his own big-spending habits, and will provide no austerity example for our-free-spending Democratic, who got us into this fiscal budget disaster, to start with.

“It’s like the blind, leading the blind!”

posted by: ... | January 26, 2011  3:07pm


I guess you choose to disregard his initial budget proposals, which exceed the 1.5 billion in cuts needed to have us living within our means that have been highlighted on various mediums of media, and are expected to increase by his Feb 16th speech.

I respect your anger towards Democrats in the legislature for overspending, but as I have soundly stated before, you place Malloy ineffectively in the same circle as the state legislature and national party. Calling him a freeloader has no basis in my opinion and you continue to fail to analyze his character and policy in an effective manner.

And as always, these random quotes in your sentences have no basis or citation. If these are quotes from officials, I would sincerely ask you provide them, rather than leaving them as empty quotes.

I apologize that my brief, but hopeful thoughts on the costs sent you on such tirade.

posted by: hawkeye | January 26, 2011  8:06pm

The may sit together, but politics will influence their individual votes.  Nothing is changing.

posted by: hawkeye | January 26, 2011  8:33pm

The Connecticut Democratic delegation, may have strength in numbers,  but is that Obama political power, good for the state, if there is no federal money available, for our deficit-direction-headed state programs?

They can’t milk, an over-milked cow!

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