NOV. 2 UPDATE: CT Politics is reporting Visconti has withdrawn and endorsed Foley. That’s being confirmed by The Hartford Courant and other news outlets. Because his name will still be on the ballot, it is imperative for gun rights advocates to make sure any Connecticut gun owners they know get the word.
“CT-Gov: Gun Nuts Plead To Fellow Gun Nuts To Not Let Viscontti (I) Take Votes Away From Foley (R),” the appropriately self-named “poopdogcomedy” gloats over at Daily Kos. “I just enjoy seeing gun nuts in panic mode…”
What’s made Poop Dog so insufferably pleased is a report from The Middletown Press News noting “Connecticut gun rights activists urge vote for Tom Foley, not Joe Visconti.” That report focused on a Monday press conference hosted by Connecticut Citizens Defense League at the State Capitol, in which the likelihood of a split between gun voters serving the interests of Democrat incumbent Dannell Malloy was pointed out.
CCDL President Scott Wilson questioned the depth of Visconti’s pro-gun positions, citing the independent’s characterization of having a loaded round in the chamber of a gun as “radical,” as well as a statement that appears to favor magazine capacity limits.
Agreeing with CCDL is Connecticut Carry, another state group that prides itself on being hard core.
“Joe must go,” gun rights advocate Bob Margolis wrote in the group’s October newsletter, appealing to Visconti to withdraw. “Joe, you have the chance to be ‘Rudy’ for Connecticut. You have the chance to be carried off the field held high on the shoulders of the winning team. You also have the chance to be the spoiler, to be the one that hands the election to the incumbent. I’m asking you to be Rudy.”
“Are We Going To Lose This Election?” Connecticut Carry President Rich Burgess asks in the same newsletter. “This hostage-election situation makes Visconti’s campaign nothing less than a torpedo aimed, under false colors, trying to sink Foley, instead of sinking the anti-Rights regime of Malloy. It is almost as if Visconti is deliberately trying to help Malloy win and float away unscathed. Visconti claims to want citizen Rights restored, yet he continues to allow Malloy to flatter him and encourage him, knowing all the while that he, Visconti, cannot win this race for Governor.”
Attempts to discourage Visconti have not been confined to public and private attempts at persuasion. Others, perceiving the situation to be more desperate, have upped their game.
“On Friday, a Republican party insider grabbed shirtless selfies from Visconti’s Facebook page and, asserting the pictures were reminiscent of disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, sent them out to more than a dozen media outlets,” the Hartford Courant reported. “There is also a Facebook group dedicated to digging up information to embarrass Visconti, as well as providing a forum for his critics to gripe.”
The Courant and other outlets have so far not seen fit to publish the photos. Neither has this column, copied on that email, as evidenced by the screenshot accompanying this article. While my motives are based on not wanting to cause personal destruction to someone who should and could be an ally in advancing the right to keep and bear arms, there can be little doubt many of the media outlets, which wouldn’t hesitate to run such photos of a non-“progressive” candidate were this a two-man race, feel little inclination to buck a strategy of the man they do back.
“Malloy said if people disagree with his stance on gun safety, they should vote for Visconti because he is clear on where he stands on the issue as opposed to Foley,” the above-cited Middletown Press article reported. With the contest between the incumbent and the Republican challenger being close, and with the independent wild card perhaps drawing off enough votes to toss the election to the Democrats, it’s no wonder Malloy would make that recommendation, and that his loyal media supporters wouldn’t want to rock that boat.
All that said, it can’t be denied that Foley is squishy on gun rights. None of the groups backing him pretend otherwise, and they’ve made no secret of the fact that their goal is not to pretend they’re electing a champion, but in this case, the objective is solely to unseat Malloy. And while Visconti backers can rally behind the sentiment that a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil, what they cannot do is provide any credible evidence that the outcome will be any different from the one CCDL and Connecticut Carry fear.
That’s not the only thing to fear, Mike Vanderboegh writing at Sipsey Street Irregulars tells his readers, foreseeing a Malloy win as the catalyst for something much more ominous, and much more widespread.
“[Connecticut] is only awaiting the re-election Malloy and his anti-firearm commissar Red Mike ‘KGB’ Lawlor for the gun raids,” Vanderboegh predicts. “[W]hat starts in Connecticut under the anti-American, Soviet-loving Mike Lawlor will not stay in Connecticut. This is not hypothetical. Based on the promises of the antis in the Malloy regime this is as real as it gets.”
Vanderboegh is talking about initiation of force by the state and some gun owners responding by not going gentle into that good night. Before dismissing that as far-fetched, note the same media running interference for Malloy has publicly demanded the opening salvo.