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Kennedy, Reed And Scanlon Sweep the Shoreline

by Marcia Chambers, Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker | Nov 4, 2014 11:17 pm

UPDATED—Ted Kennedy Jr. won his first campaign for public office tonight as he captured the State Senate seat in the 12th District with close to 60 percent of the vote.

Branford’s heir to the Kennedy family political dynasty, along with incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed and first time General Assembly winner Sean Scanlon kept the Shoreline seats blue.

Kennedy’s fame, Reed’s record and Scanlon’s youthful appeal brought a victory to Democrats in Branford last night. 

Kennedy, 53, an attorney, and Bruce H. Wilson, a businessman, sparred often in recent weeks over campaign financing. In the end, the uproar over how Kennedy financed his campaign seemed to carry little weight with the voters. He is the son of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was the youngest brother of President John Kennedy.

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Who’s “Polluting”?

by marcia chambers | Oct 31, 2014 11:16 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers Photo UPDATE—Ted Kennedy Jr. went on the attack against his opponent Bruce Wilson Jr. Thursday night—for attacking him. Click here to view the debate.

The gloves came off in the final debate between the two candidates for the open 12 State Senate District seat, as Democrat Kennedy accused Republican Wilson of negative campaigning for his repeated criticism of Kennedy’s fundraising tactics.

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Kennedy Won’t Return $94K in Public $$$

by marcia chambers | Oct 29, 2014 10:07 am | Comments (7)

Marcia Chambers Photo

Ted Kennedy Jr.‘s opponent has called on him to return the public money his state senate campaign received given the fact that he also accepted $207,000 in separate “pass-through” money from the state Democratic Party.

Kennedy’s response: No.

The back-and-forth between Democrat Kennedy and Republican Bruce Wilson is the latest chapter in an ongoing money-in-politics disagreement that has marked their campaign for the open 12th State Senate District seat on the Shoreline.

The disagreement has centered on both the letter and the spirit of campaign finance law. Kennedy (pictured above) accepted public-financing in the campaign—and accepted strict limits on donations and spending—as part of what he called a determination to limit the “polluting” influence of money in politics. Then his campaign quietly benefited from a loophole: Kennedy’s family has funneled over $90,000 to the state Democratic Party. The party in turn “passed through” money to support Kennedy’s campaign, twice what the campaign can spend on its own under campaign-finance rules. Kennedy now has a large financial advantage in the race.


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The Specter Of Choate Haunts A Campaign Debate

by marcia chambers | Oct 15, 2014 1:08 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo Choate Rosemary Hall, one of leading private prep schools in the nation, entered the shoreline’s hottest political race of the season Tuesday night—as an epithet.

Republican Bruce Wilson Jr., a retired businessman from Madison, mentioned the private school in a jab at his Democratic opponent, Ted Kennedy Jr., in a campaign debate at Guilford High School. The two candidates are competing for the open 12th State Senate District seat. The district includes the towns of Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. The debate was moderated by WTNH News8 anchor Chris Velardi (pictured in top photo) and was sponsored by both the Shoreline and Madison Chambers of Commerce.

Education emerged in the debate as a key point of contention.

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Kennedy Accused Of Using “Pass-Through” To “Buy Election”

by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2014 9:33 am | Comments (4)

The state’s Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has been asked to investigate whether Ted Kennedy, Jr., violated election law when his family and colleagues donated roughly $40,000 to the Democrat State Central Committee, which in turn funneled a similar amount of funds back into Kennedy’s State Senate campaign for staff wages, the hiring of consultants and other costs.

The complaint was filed in Hartford yesterday by Tom Banisch, the Madison Republican Town Committee chairman and the campaign manager for Bruce H. Wilson, Jr., Kennedy’s Republican opponent in the State Senate race in the 12th District. The election will be held Nov. 4. 

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Connecticut’s Top Dems Visit Branford

by marcia chambers | Sep 16, 2014 12:27 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are never far from this year’s state races.

Their message: Shoe leather works. Talking to neighbors works. Postcards work. Working hard is essential because the Republicans are going to outspend the Democrats in the 2014 election, they said. Today Democratic officials said GOP Super-Pacs are poised to spend millions on TV ads to try to defeat Democratic candidates across the state.

Sunday afternoon U.S. Sens. Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy made it to a Pine Orchard home with sweeping views of the Sound. They were joined by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Secretary of State Denise Merrill. 

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Do You Want Early Voting? Voting By Mail? No-Excuse Absentee Ballot?

by marcia chambers | Sep 4, 2014 2:51 pm | Comments (2)

Bill O'Brien Photo Sasha Shpitalnik, a senior at Branford High School, says making voting easier for young people is essential since so many of them view voting as a hassle.

Carl Balestracci, a former Guilford first selectman, says providing seniors with transportation to the polls on a particular Tuesday in November is becoming a serious issue.

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Foley v. McKinney: Voters Decide Tuesday on Republican Candidate for Governor

by marcia chambers | Aug 11, 2014 7:21 am

The town’s seven voting districts will be open for voters tomorrow (Tuesday) as voters decide on the next Republican candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor and Comptroller. Either Tom Foley or John McKinney will emerge as the gubernatorial candidate to square off against Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the November election. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Registered Republicans will be able to vote in Tuesday’s primary. (There is no primary race for Democrats.) Unaffiliated and unregistered voters still have to time to vote in the primary if you do so by noon Monday at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall.  There are emergency absentee ballot applications on line for this primary. Click here for the emergency application, which may only be submitted within six days of the primary or the election. Click here for an absentee ballot application in English. Click here for an absentee ballot in Spanish. They will be counted as long as they are received by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 12th, the time the polls close.

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McKinney Takes Campaign To Branford’s Small Business Owners

by marcia chambers | Aug 5, 2014 7:47 am

Marcia Chambers Photo With a week to go before the Republican primary for governor, state Senate leader John McKinney arrived in Branford yesterday to hear the issues facing local merchants and to promote tax relief for small business owners and their workers.

McKinney, 50, of Fairfield, is running for governor in an Aug. 12 Republican primary against endorsed candidate Tom Foley.

He arrived in town on a warm, sunny day and was met by Ray Ingraham, the chair of the Republican Town Committee. Ingraham said the RTC does not endorse candidates in a primary race because the RTC represents different views within the party. However, he noted that at the Republican convention in May, all 11 RTC delegates from Branford endorsed McKinney. McKinney, a member of the state Senate for 15 years, has been the minority leader for the past seven years.

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45 Student Interns Hit The Trail For Kennedy

by Emma Zehner | Jul 28, 2014 11:37 am

Emma Zehner Photo Branford High School (BHS) senior Sasha Shpitalnik (pictured with Jared Carlson) is now working on her third political campaign. This one is unlike the others, she said.

In this campaign she is going door-to-door for Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr., who is seeking to become state senator from the 12th District. 

The biggest difference for her, she said: the flood of young people into the campaign.

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