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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
2006 HOUSE RACE RANKINGS
(House Race Hotline, June 14, 2006)
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.
2006 HOUSE RACE RANKINGS
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
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
Rothenberg Lists Simmons as one of Ten "Most
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
2nd District race seen as a toss-up
(By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer, February 11,
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
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
here to read more
Democrats to Host Forum January 26th on Student
Loan Cuts, Blast Simmons for Breaking Promises
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
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
December Email Update
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.
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.
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
Votes for Second Round of Handouts to Big Oil
Courtney Says Action Proves Simmons' Claims of
Political "Independence" Running On Empty
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
Fed's Medicare Handbook
By Ted Mann, The New London Day, Oct. 8, 2005
the many guides to the new Medicare prescription-drug
benefit plan that began Oct. 1, federal officials
have located one that definitely contains
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
Asks Feds to Deny LNG Plant Permit
By Don Michak Journal Inquirer, September
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.
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.
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)
Click to read an editorial in today's Norwich
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
Day of Relief and Rejoicing
Statement From Joe Courtney (August
"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
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
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
Their Families Deserve Better"
By: Joe Courtney
Published in the Journal Inqurier, July 12,
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
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
Taking A Back Seat So Far To Efforts To Save Naval
The New London Day, May 22, 2005
Voters of eastern Connecticut, hold that
You know that hard-driving, hair-pulling, money-raising,
mud-slinging campaign for the 2nd District seat
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
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
2006 Campaigns Underway
2nd, 5th Congressional Candidates
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
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. Read
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