Find Real Estate Agents and Homes for Sale

Real Estate News --> Connecticut News

OP-ED | Few Risks As Connecticut Delegation Attacks GOP Over Nunes Memo

Both men loved media attention. Indeed, the space between Blumenthal and a TV camera has long been labeled the most dangerous piece of real estate in Connecticut — that is, unless Chuck Schumer is visiting. But the crisis in Washington over the release ...

Archived Story

A Connecticut news site that understands the usual media offerings just…aren’t…enough. Menu The Directory Calendar Jobs Search: submit About Email / Newsletter Signup Contact Archive CTTechJunkie Advertise Support Us Jobs Vote Bills OP-ED | Few Risks As Connecticut Delegation Attacks GOP Over Nunes Memo by Terry Cowgill | Feb 9, 2018 12:30am () Comments | Log in to Facebook to Post a Comment | Share Posted to: Analysis, Congress, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Media Matters, Opinion, White House Log in username password Forgot your password? Auto-login on future visits submit In recent years, Connecticut has had some loudmouths among its congressional delegationAfter all, SenRichard Blumenthal and his predecessor in the seat, Joe Lieberman, honed their skills as state attorneys general, an office that functioned as a PR factory for both of them Both men loved media attentionIndeed, the space between Blumenthal and a TV camera has long been labeled the most dangerous piece of real estate in Connecticut — that is, unless Chuck Schumer is visiting. But the crisis in Washington over the release of a memo put together by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee has caused Blumenthal and his colleague in the Senate, the never-shy Chris Murphy, to up their game. Blumenthal in particular has been all over cable news, especially MSNBC, which is friendly to Democrats and has, along with CNN, been hyperventilating about the release of the classified material and the possibility of it compromising national security — to say nothing of the investigation of Robert Mueller, the special counsel and former FBI director investigating the extent of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. On Twitter and on his Senate website, the normally cagey Blumenthal has been scathing in his attacksOf the the Nunes memo, which he called “reckless” and “a desperate attempt by President Trump and his Capitol Hill lackeys to smear the Special Counsel,” Blumenthal said, its release “adds evidence to the growing credible case of obstruction of justice against the President and his associates.” A small point of clarification: Recently, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe (see video above), perennial Joe Scarborough sidekick and hanger-on Mike Barnicle touted Blumenthal’s 20-year stint as state attorney general as evidence of his experience as a prosecutorWhile Blumenthal did try criminal cases for four years when he was U.SAttorney for Connecticut, the state AG does not prosecute criminalsThose duties are handled by the State’s Attorney’s officeConnecticut’s AG essentially presides over the state’s largest law firm, issues press releases and sues everyone in sight — especially those big bad corporations everyone loves to hate. Blumenthal’s replacement as AG, the estimable George Jepsen, was a breath of fresh air in that regardHe simply did his job and, since he does not appear to harbor ambitions for higher office, did little mugging for the camerasJepsen, upon whom I confess I had a man-crush, will be missed. But I digressAs much as I would like to, I find it hard to disagree with Blumenthal — or Murphy, for that matterOr Congressman Jim Himes, D-5th District, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who has perhaps been even more active on cable news than Blumenthal, who himself has high visibility as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. They are virtually united in their contention, either directly or indirectly, that Trump is trying to obstruct justiceFrom asking FBI director James Comey to go easy on now-fired National Security Director Michael Flynn, to the firing of Comey and Trump’s reported desire to fire Mueller, a picture emerges of a president who has something to hide and is trying mightily to prevent that something from being discovered. Blumenthal, Murphy, and Himes are all Democrats in a state which Trump lost by 13.5 percentMoreover, Trump’s approval ratings in Connecticut are about 30 percentSo there is little political downside in going after himCompare that to the caution exhibited by SenJoe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat up for re-election this year and whose state Trump won by more than 40 points and where his approval ratings are holding steady at 61 percent. Even RepJoe Courtney, who represents Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, has weighed in, most notably against Republican attacks on the FBI, which are personal for the congressmanCourtney’s parents met while working at the FBIFollowing the release of the Nunes memo, Courtney fumed, “The unfounded attacks being leveled against the dedicated law enforcement professional of the FBI are reprehensible and dangerous.” There really are no meaningful consequences for the Connecticut delegation in going after the president, while the advantage is obvious: increased national exposure in the event of a run for higher office (unlikely for Blumenthal but very likely for Murphy and Himes), while avoiding any negative consequences. Wouldn’t it be great if we all could live our lives that way? Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at and is managing editor of The Berkshire Edge in Great Barrington, MassFollow him on Twitter @terrycowgill or email him at DISCLAIMER: The views, opinions, positions, or strategies expressed by the author are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of Tags: Richard Blumenthal, chris murphy, Jim Himes, Joe Courtney, Donald JTrump, Devin Nunes, Joe Manchin, chuck schumer, Joe Scarborough, FBI, James Comey, Robert Mueller, terry cowgill, DC News Junkie, dh Share this story with others. Share | | Post a comment You must have a facebook account and be logged in to facebook (log in above) to comment.Before commenting, please read our Comment Policy.Rules of Conduct for Commenting We moderate all comments before they are posted on the site and, where possible, on our social network pagesThis takes time and therefore you may have to waitThank you for your patience. -Commenters are welcome to express opinions in a civil manner. -Be niceAvoid personal attacks or name calling of any kindDon't comment here to antagonize other people. -Comments should be directly related to the topic of the storyIf you must criticize, your comments should be cogent to the topic of the story and should add something new to the discussionIf it's obvious that you're simply engaging in a pattern of mean-spirited attacks from one story to the next, we will stop approving your commentsIf we suspect that you are a paid commenter attempting to further a political agenda, your comments will be deleted. -We will not publish allegations of criminal, unethical, or other extreme personal wrongdoing based on facts that haven’t been published in articles. -Keep it cleanAvoid profane, obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist, or sexually-oriented language or your comments will be deletedDiscriminatory comments of any kind will be deleted. -Be truthfulDon't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. -Do not attempt to hijack a comment thread to link with ads for your personal business or invective aimed at a person or a group against whom you have a personal vendettaWe will delete them. -Do not copy the contents of someone else's work and attempt to publish it here - that is plagiarismWrite your own sentence summing up the other author's point and link back to their original work. -Be proactiveIf we mistakenly approve a comment that is offensive, let us know and include a link to the comment in question. It takes considerable time to read and approve your comments, and that takes us away from the job of covering the newsIf you are spending a lot of time commenting here or simply reading the site on a regular basis, consider supporting our workAs always, thank you for visiting with us! Comments Search: Go Social Networks We Use Facebook Google+ Twitter YouTube Connecticut Network Tweets by @CTNetworkTV Categories Aging Agriculture Analysis Arts Pop culture Business Social Enterprises Startups Campaign Finance Cartoons Child Welfare Civil Liberties Congress 1st CD 2nd CD 3rd CD 4th CD 5th CD Foreign Policy International Trade Consumer Protection Corporate Watch Courts CT Watchdog CT Tech Junkie DC News Junkie Economic Development Workforce Development The Economy Energy Sector Technology sector Leisure & Hospital Sector Manufacturing Sector Retail Sector Financial Sector Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector Education Election 2006 Election 2008 Election 2010 Election 2011 Election 2012 Election 2013 Election 2014 Election 2015 Election 2016 DNC 2016 RNC 2016 Election 2018 Election Fact Check Election Policy Entertainment Front-Row CT Sponsored Event Post Energy Environment Equality Ethics Fashion Federal Budget FOIA Sunshine Week Gaming Town News Ansonia Ashford Avon Berlin Bethany Bethel Bethlehem Bloomfield Branford Bridgeport Bristol Brookfield Canaan Brooklyn Canton Collinsville Colchester Cromwell Cheshire Danbury Darien Derby Durham East Haddam East Hampton East Hartford East Haven East Lyme East Windsor Essex Enfield Falls River Falls Village Fairfield Farmington Goshen Glastonbury Granby Greenwich Griswold Groton Mystic Guilford Haddam Hamden Hartland Hartford Convention Center Killingly Kent Killingworth Litchfield Lyme Madison Manchester Mansfield-Storrs Marlborough Middlebury Meriden Middlefield Middletown Milford Monroe Naugatuck New Hartford New Canaan New Britain New Haven New London New Milford New Preston Newington Newtown North Branford North Canaan East Canaan North Haven North Stonington Norwalk Norwich Old Lyme Old Saybrook Oxford Plainville Plainfield Pomfret Portland Plymouth Prospect Ridgefield Rocky Hill Salisbury Sharon Shelton Sherman Simsbury Somers South Windsor Southbury Southington Stafford Stamford Stonington Stratford Suffield Thomaston Tolland Torrington Trumbull Uncasville Vernon Wallingford Warren Waterbury Waterford Watertown West Hartford West Haven Westbrook Westport Wethersfield Willington Wilton Windham Windsor Windsor Locks Winsted Wolcott Woodbridge Health Care Mental Health Care Immigration Insurance Housing Jobs Juvenile Justice Iraq at Home Law Enforcement Labor Legal Privacy Local Politics Manufacturing LocalOnlineNews.TV Media Matters Member Drive Military Spending National Security Morning Coffee & Politics Friday Night Fix! Opinion Editorial Board Health Care Opinion Letter to the Editor Member Opinion Millennial Voices Review Sponsored Opinion Obituary Nonprofits Podcast Photos Poetry Poll Public Health Disability Care Poverty Public Safety Quasi-Public Reprinted With Permission From ProPublica Reprinted With Permission From Reuters Religion SCOTUS Reprinted with permission from the Center for Public Integrity Social Security Special Election Smoke Shop Investigation Aresimowicz Audio Evidence Cafero Donovan Evidence Video Evidence Sponsored Post Sponsored Event Live Broadcast Sports State Budget Criminal Justice Education Cost Sharing Special Session Pensions Taxes State Capitol Transparency Transportation Aviation BDL Brainard DMV Rail Tribes Veterans Affairs Wall Street Weather White House Youth Journalism RSS Feed Subscribe to CT News Junkie’s feed Our Partners Sponsored Messages

Trending Connecticut News:

  • EdR to Add 92 Apartments in CT - Analyst Blog
  • Music Exec’s Greenwich, Conn. Estate Is Asking $20M
  • Selling a house with asbestos
  • Good market for commercial real estate growth, say leaders
  • US Commercial Real Estate Markets Are Sinking….Again….
  • Local housing market holds steady
  • Executive Voice: Passion for homes and racing leads to Raleigh
  • Survey finds Connecticut commercial real estate activity is improving
  • Mike Bivins Wife Teasha - Age, Birthday, Instagram, Son
  • Commercial real estate ‘Deals of The Year’ in Greater New Haven
  • Realtors ask state officials for a ‘Connecticut they can sell’
  • Mob lawyer's widow furious with kids suing her over dad's estate
  • Meriden, CT Homes For Sale & Real Estate
  • Dream Home In Stamford Connecticut
  • Leading Luxury Real Estate Marketplace Concierge Auctions Releases Industry's First-ever "Luxury Homes Days On Market Index" For Top-tier Properties
  • Stratford looking for real estate agents
  • Electric Boat 'Hiring Frenzy' Gives Economic Boost To Southeastern Connecticut
  • Washington Trust Expands Massachusetts Presence
  • Plainville, CT Homes For Sale & Real Estate
  • Connecticut firm buys LR Bass Pro store in $21.9 million deal