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Friday, February 1, 2008

Amann testing the waters for a bid for governor’s seat

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
MILFORD
— State House Speaker James A. Amann, D-Milford, announced his exploratory campaign for the governorship Thursday night and received a hometown hero’s welcome from 300 supporters.
At the conclusion of Amann’s speech, the popular spiritual "This Little Light of Mine" blared over the loudspeaker, and the beginning of the lyrics were amended to "Amen Amann."
"Join me on this journey. Let’s have some fun and shake it up a bit," Amann told his supporters.
City Hall was overflowing with residents and officials, and a few even carried signs saying "Amann for Governor."
A handful of protesters against Amann’s candidacy gathered in front of City Hall. The protesters, who have dubbed themselves "Crush Amann," parked a hearse in front of City Hall carrying a sign saying Amann’s chances were "DOA."
City Clerk Alan Jepson, a former three-term Democratic mayor, recalled that when Amann first got involved in politics in 1983 he knew Amann was someone special. Jepson said he told Amann he may be able to do more on the state level by helping everyone.
"I called him ‘governor’ many years ago," Jepson said. "I predict he will become governor."
House Majority Leader Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, said he and Amann have teamed up the past three years to enact tangible improvements for residents. He said the duo worked to expand health care for youths and seniors and cut the state income tax, and Amann brought the Hollywood film industry to Connecticut. Donovan said the legislature has included funds for stem cell research and education initiatives.
Amann thanked his supporters, but singled out his family. He said his wife, Terri, is the "real speaker of the house," and as soon as he comes home he loses his power. He recalled how his wife has overcome numerous health battles, and has been "my rock."
"I have much more to give," Amann said. "I have the energy and passion to (make Connecticut even better.)"
While Amann was primarily surrounded by friends and family, Edward Anderson of New Haven was present with a few friends who protested Amann’s announcement. Anderson said he was representing the progressive part of the party who won’t support Amann because he voted against civil unions, and defied the party by supporting U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., who did not receive his party’s support.
"My dog has more of a chance of getting elected then Jim Amann," Anderson said.
Former National Basketball Association standout Charles Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said he was proud to endorse Amann because of all he has done for after-school programs. "Jim’s done so much for kids," Smith said.
State Rep. Richard Roy, D-Milford, said with the tenor of today’s politics, it makes sense for a candidate to declare early.
"At least Jim’s one day ahead of everyone else," Roy said. "I look forward to helping him become the fourth Milford man to become governor." The others were Robert Treat, Jonathan Law and Charles H. Pond.
"It’s great to have a Milford boy grabbing for the brass ring," added Democratic Town Chairman Richard Smith.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Amann thought he would kick off his announcement for Governor with a warm reception and lots of hugs, kisses and congratulations. Unfortunately, a Hearse pulled up in front of city hall with a platoon of protesters.

Jim Amann has sewn the seeds of his own destruction when he decided to "stab his own party in the back." He has gotten so many in the Democratic party so upset over his disloyalty and party disrespect that he has now pitted himself against a hostile Democratic party whom he expects to nominate him for Governor.

This battle ensued when Jim Amann endorsed Joe Lieberman after he lost in a very honorable primary against Ned Lamont. Joe, most remembered for causing Al Gore's election loss, and aggressive stance to instate a Military Draft and wage war with Iran, is Jim Amann's choice of a candidate.

Jim Amann is a tyrant who has driven up our electric rates, opposed ethics in government, wasted millions in tax dollars, and built a list of enemies on the web that rival those of Osama Bin Laden. This Novemeber 2008 I wish for everyone to remember that he said you are an "Idiot" a quote taken from his tyrannical video now featured at the Fourth Anti-Amann website on the net. www.amann2010.com.

Jim Amann must be stopped dead in his tracks if we are to save our state. He has taken part in one of the most egregious acts of wasteful spending and indebtedness in all my memory in this state. Jim has lead a once beautiful sanctuary of a state 16 years ago to a now debt ridden, overtaxed, business exodus resulting in the hardest economic times ever. Jim also takes no responsibility for his part in any of this, and always finds plenty of people to blame. Jim never blames himself for anything! Even when we all can see with our own two eyes that he is acting against the public interest. The largest case in point is how he continues to use his position at his fundraising charity so shake down lobbyists for his personal financial gain. Perhaps there is more to this and that is why he is so adamantly against an ethics panel.

With Jim upping the anti to Governor, it is time to move into high gear and do our part in notifying every person in his district that his "tax and spend" policy will result in higher taxes, more poverty and hardship and possibly the the greatest exodus of this states remaining industry. Jim must be stopped if we care about our state, your childrens future (Now nearly 15 Billion in Debt), and the responsible continuity of government in a positive direction. Talk to your neighbors tell them not to vote for Jim this November and lets send him a message that we are tired of his pompous arrogant "tax and spend" disconnect from our needs.

see: Video at www.rfrank118.com/blog.htm

February 4, 2008 at 1:10 PM 
Blogger Michael V said...

The editors of this website should not post anonomous comments.

Michael V. Brown - Milford CT

February 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM 
Anonymous The Scarlet Pimpernel said...

why not allow anonymous.

February 27, 2008 at 3:05 PM 

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