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Courtney Campaign Raises $1,263,071.88
July 15, 2005 - Joe's campaign for change continues to break all prior fundraising records for challengers in Connecticut's Second Congressional District! The campaign raised $1,263,071.88 as of June 30th, with $988,430.42 on hand. Click here to read more.

Courtney Talks Tough on Saving Social Security

Candidate Warns of GOP Plans to Overhaul System

(The Day, June 16, 2006)

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly joined Democratic congressional hopeful Joseph Courtney on Thursday to trumpet what they call another good reason to boost the minority party into control of the Congress: what they call the Republicans' renewed commitment to make major changes to Social Security. Read More

(House Race Hotline, June 14, 2006)

6. CONNECTICUT-02 (Simmons-R) Last Ranking: 7
Simmons vs. Courtney....But in the face of such a negative national landscape, Simmons has a lot of work to do to localize this race. Courtney, meanwhile, is showing signs of being a much improved candidate from '02.

Republican Seats in Play

(The New York Times, June 8,2006)

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The Friday Line: House Playing Field Expands for Dems

(The Washington Post "The Fix", May 30, 2006)

...the 20 most competitive House races in this year's midterm elections. Remember: The top-ranked race is the most likely to flip...

6. Connecticut's 2nd District: If you believe (as we do) that the national political climate will overwhelm local concerns in many House races, then Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is in real trouble. Simmons has held the seat for six years despite its decided Democratic tilt, thanks to his moderate voting record and a team of skilled political operatives. After losing to Simmons in 2002, former state Rep. Joe Courtney (D) is back for a rematch, and his advisers insist that he's a much improved candidate. Whether Courtney is better as a campaigner may not matter much if voters in eastern Connecticut remain as sour on the war in iraq and President Bush as they are currently. Simmons could do everything right and still lose. (Previous ranking: 11)

Rob Simmons' Problem

(Manchester Journal-Inquirer Editorial, May 27, 2006) 

"But Simmons' ad implies that Courtney's vote all those years ago is the reason we all pay three bucks a gallon at the pump today.  What a ludicrous, dishonest, desperate ad." Read More

Veterans rally for Joe

(Campaign Event - May 21, 2006)
Veterans outraged over Rob Simmons' support of more than $6 billion in cuts to Veterans' Services joined Joe Courtney on the Colchester Town Green today. Click here for more.

Democrats Edge A Little Bit Closer

(House Race Hotline, May 17, 2006)

The Second District race moves from #9 up to #7 among the seats most likely to switch.  

7. CONNECTICUT-02 (Simmons-R)
Last Ranking: 9

... Simmons faces his toughest challenge yet with the national outlook for the GOP so bleak. New England Republicans will be the first to go in any wave.

Local Politics Turns National

(The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2006)
His rival, former state Rep. Joe Courtney, and other Democrats are running "nationalized" campaigns. They are hoping to capitalize on anger about the Iraq war, gas prices, congressional corruption and a White House seemingly at sea, to unseat enough "Bush Rubberstamps" -- as they call all Republican incumbents -- to recapture a majority. Democrats need to gain 15 seats in the 435-member House and six in the 100-member Senate. Click here to read the full article!

Democrats in Full Swing

(The New York Times, April 9, 2006)
Perhaps nowhere is the effort more pronounced than in Connecticut . Of the three House seats held by Republicans, two — Mr. Shays's and the Second Congressional District seat, held by Rob Simmons — are widely considered by political experts to be among the most vulnerable in the country. The best evidence of how important they are is that the campaigns have basically been under way since the last election. Click here to read more.

Gas Prices Continue to Soar

Rob Simmons justified his five votes in favor of the Bush Energy Bill by saying it would lower gas prices. One year later, gas prices are 24% higher. Read Joe's latest email update and learn what can be done right now to begin changing our nation's energy policies. Click here to read more.

Courtney Outraises Simmons

(Press Release)
Joe Courtney today reported raising $274,688.77 in the first quarter of 2006 - more than his opponent Republican Congressman Rob Simmons raised in the same time period. Click here to read more.

Courtney: Congress Must Act Now To Fix Part D and Stop The
"Prescription Drug Tax"

With only sixty days left until Medicare Part D penalties begin for Connecticut’s seniors, Second Congressional District Candidate Joe Courtney once again called on Rob Simmons to stand up for his constituents and join efforts to stop the “Prescription Drug Tax” and fix the flawed program.  Click Here to Read More

Stuart Rothenberg Lists Simmons as one of Ten "Most Endangered"

Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the influential and nonpartisan Rothenberg Report, listed Simmons as one of the “10 Most Endangered House Incumbents” in yesterday’s edition of Roll Call. Click here to read more from Joe's most recent email update.

2nd District race seen as a toss-up

(By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer, February 11, 2006 )

One of the most nation's most influential political handicappers has declared the race for the 2nd Congressional District to be a "toss-up," while the Washington Post says the contest is among a handful that could tip control of Congress. Click here to read more.

Courtney: Simmons Budget-Cut Vote 'Hollow'

Challenger says change of heart came only after bill's passage assured
(The Day, February 3, 2006)
Democratic challenger Joe Courtney renewed his criticism Thursday of U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, over Simmons' shifting position on a $40 billion budget-cutting bill, saying the published remarks of a Republican leader showed that Simmons' vote against the cuts Wednesday had been a “hollow gesture Click here to read more

UCONN Democrats to Host Forum January 26th on Student Loan Cuts, Blast Simmons for Breaking Promises

(Press Release)
Angered over Rob Simmons' vote to cut nearly $13 billion from federal student loan programs, the University of Connecticut Democrats are hosting a forum with 2nd District Congressional Candidate Joe Courtney and State Representative Denise Merrill on January 26th at 4 p.m. at the University of Connecticut 's Dodd Center. Click here to read more

The Day on GOP Tax Cuts
"Regrettably, Congressman Rob Simmons, the Stonington Republican who represents the 2nd District, went along with the Bush Brigade in piling up $95 billion more in tax cuts. This position is expressly opposite that of Chairman Alan Greenspan of the Federal Reserve System, who has warned that any tax cuts should be matched at least dollar for dollar by budget reductions. Instead, what the Republicans have done is to approve tax reductions that are nearly double the size of the $51 billion budget cuts they enacted last month." Click here to read more

Joe's December Email Update
(December 8, 2005) Last week, we learned that Rob Simmons has financial ties to yet another corrupt Republican. California Representative Duke Cunningham, who pleaded guilty November 28th to tax evasion and accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors, contributed $9000 to Rob Simmons’ campaign committee. Click here to read more.

Simmons Will Return $9000 From Convicted Rep. Duke Cunningham
Rob Simmons' campaign told the New Haven Register today that they will return $9000 Simmons received from California Rep. Duke Cunningham. Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors. Simmons returned the money in response to a call from Joe Courtney to do so.
Click here to read Joe's press release.

Bush Woes Put GOP Incumbents At Risk
Simmons, Shays Key Targets In Democrats' Bid To Retake House

Rob Simmons, like many of his vulnerable GOP congressional colleagues, is likely to spend the next year trying to make voters forget he's a Republican. Read More

Simmons Votes for Second Round of Handouts to Big Oil
Courtney Says Action Proves Simmons' Claims of Political "Independence" Running On Empty

Vernon, CT October 11th-- Former State Legislator and Democratic congressional candidate Joe Courtney today said Republican Rob Simmons' late vote on the Republican Energy Bill (HR 3893) "provides yet another stark example of Rob Simmons claiming 'independence' at home, yet voting the way Republican leaders in Washington instruct him to." Read More

Fed's Medicare Handbook Inaccurate
By Ted Mann, The New London Day, Oct. 8, 2005

Among the many guides to the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit plan that began Oct. 1, federal officials have located one that definitely contains inaccurate information.

Unfortunately, the guide in question is the government's own "Medicare & You 2006" handbook, which incorrectly states that Medicare will pay the full cost of the private prescription-drug plans chosen by its poorest recipients. Read More

Joe Asks Feds to Deny LNG Plant Permit
By Don Michak Journal Inquirer, September 22, 2005
Joseph D. Courtney, the Vernon Democrat seeking a rematch with U.S. Rep. Robert R. Simmons, (R) 2nd District, has joined opponents of a proposed liquefied natural gas plant and pipeline on Long Island Sound and is blaming Simmons for supporting federal policies he says undermine state authority on such projects. (Read More)

Joe's Op-Ed on Iraq
It's Time for Accountability
On Oct. 3, 1993, a team of U.S. Army Special Forces executed a daring and dangerous operation in the heart of the war-torn Mogadishu district in the country of Somalia. Their mission was to capture leaders of a local warlord's militia that had been the source of violent insurgency. As the best-seller-turned-movie "Black Hawk Down" chronicled, this mission turned deadly for the 160 men who made up the assault force. Two helicopters were shot down and three others were damaged by rocket-propelled grenades fired by the militia. The ensuing battle that followed resulted in the deaths of 18 U.S. soldiers and the wounding of 73. Read More

Two NRCC Attacks Fail This Week
(September 4, 2005) The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is on the attack already in the 2nd District. Two press releases were sent this week - the first attacking Joe, and the second calling Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (who visited Connecticut Thursday) a "chump."

Click to read an editorial in today's Norwich Bulletin. Read More

Joe's Letter to the Willimantic Chronicle on Energy
Paying at the Pump" (published August 20,2005 by the Chronicle) was right on target identifying the critical need to raise fuel efficiency standards for our nations car, SUV and light truck fleet. It would save motorists money, help the environment and reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East. Read More

A Day of Relief and Rejoicing
Statement From Joe Courtney (August 24, 2005)
"This is a great day for the men, women, and families of eastern Connecticut , the submarine industry, and our national security. All of us are breathing a huge sigh of relief today that the Base Closure and Realignment Commission had the foresight and wisdom to recognize both the strategic value and the economic heritage of Naval Submarine Base New London.Read More

Which is it: A "Matter of Life and Death" or "Much Ado About Nothing?"
Simmons Dismisses Disclosure of CIA Agent's Identity Last Week, Condemned the Disclosure in 2003

( Vernon , July 18, 2005) Second Congressional District candidate Joe Courtney today challenged Republican Rob Simmons to renounce his July 15, 2005 statement to the Hartford Courant that the Justice Department investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity is "Much ado about nothing." Read More

"Veterans, Their Families Deserve Better"
By: Joe Courtney
Published in the Journal Inqurier, July 12, 2005

In April, 2005 Veteran's Affairs Secretary James Nicholson testified before a House Appropriation panel that there was adequate funding for veteran's health care for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, there was a problem with Mr. Nicholson's facts that members of Congress should have picked up. The VA's rosy scenario was based an assumption it would have to care for 23,553 patients injured in Iraq and Afghanistan -the same number of patients treated in 2002. As even a casual reader of the news knows or should have known, the number of injured returning soldiers has swelled since then and the VA system is swamped with seriously wounded and traumatized patients. This past week, the VA disclosed that their information was bad, and admitted that the number of patients needing care is likely to be 103,000-four times greater than was initially represented.Read More

Killingly Democrats Endorse Joe Courtney for Congress
Danielson - The Killingly Democratic Town Committee unanimously endorsed Joe Courtney's candidacy for Congress on Wednesday, June 29, 2005.

Town Chairperson Mae Flexer said the Killingly Democrats were thrilled to be able to offer their support early in the campaign.

"We continue to see Rob Simmons vote against the needs and values of the people of Eastern Connecticut. The job of electing a congressman that truly represents the people of Connecticut's Second District must begin now," said Chairperson Mae Flexer. "We are excited to see the impressive support that Joe's candidacy has already garnered and we're delighted to be able to add the support of our organization." - Read More

Simmons Plays Shell Game with Long Island Sound
June 24, 2005
Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional District Joe Courtney issued a statement challenging Republican Rob Simmons' alleged support for preserving Long Island Sound.

"It's nice that Mr. Simmons is holding a hearing Monday at Avery Point to position himself in support of Senator Joe Lieberman's legislation for Long Island Sound. The people living along Connecticut's coastline needed Mr. Simmons to stand up against the Bush Energy Bill (which will open up the Sound to huge, dangerous natural gas terminals), yet he was the only member of Connecticut's U.S House delegation to abandon us and vote with Big Oil." - Read More

Enfield Democrats Endorse Courtney
June 9, 2005

The Enfield Democratic Town Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to endorse Joe Courtney's candidacy for Congress in Connecticut 's Second Congressional District. - Read More

BRAC: Democrats' Ads Attack Simmons For Vote Against Diverting Funds From Base Closures
The New London Day, May 29, 2005
Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, lashed out at the Democratic Party Saturday, decrying ads criticizing two recent votes on defense appropriations as "tasteless" and inappropriate for Memorial Day weekend. - Read More

Hastert Casts Rare Vote To Defeat Measure Paring BRAC
Congress AM Daily, May 27, 2005
House Speaker Hastert cast the deciding vote to defeat an amendment to the FY06 Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill Thursday, by a surprisingly close 214-213 margin. The amendmentwould have trimmed $169 million from funding to implement the latest base realignment and closure recommendations to fund $53 million in increases to veterans' services. - Read More

Politics Taking A Back Seat So Far To Efforts To Save Naval Sub Base
The New London Day, May 22, 2005
Voters of eastern Connecticut, hold that thought.

You know that hard-driving, hair-pulling, money-raising, mud-slinging campaign for the 2nd District seat in Congress?

The one that seemed to get off to such an early start this year, when Democrat Joe Courtney, rested and ready, launched his second attempt at the incumbent, Republican Rep. Rob Simmons?

The one where the Democrats were already hammering Simmons for his connections to the embattled majority leader, and working to undo his image as a political moderate, 18 months before Election Day?

It's going to have to wait: There's a sub base to save.-Read more

Simmons politically very close to DeLay
Norwich Bulletin, May 4, 2005.

For the last five months, U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons has frantically claimed he is an "independent voice" for the people of eastern Connecticut, and should not be judged as part his party's narrow, partisan agenda. The problem is, as has been true throughout his career, Simmons' words and actions in Washington are much different from the picture he paints for us here at home. Read more

Some 2006 Campaigns Underway
2nd, 5th Congressional Candidates Gear Up
The Hartford Courant, April 26, 2005
The 2005 baseball season is only 1 month old, but the 2006 congressional campaign season already is underway in two of Connecticut's five congressional districts. Read More

Courtney urges Simmons to call for DeLay's ouster
Norwich Bulletin, April 12, 2005
Vernon lawyer Joseph Courtney called upon U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, to join fellow GOP Congressman Chris Shays, R-4th District, in calling for Tom DeLay to step down as House majority leader.
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