CT District Goes GOP 1st Time in 40 Yrs
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Jun 15, 2013
Not News at AP: Connecticut Legislative District Goes GOP For First Time in 40 Years to a Second Amendment Defender
by Tom Blumer, News buster s
A GOP candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature's 53rd District about 70 miles northeast of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown won election on Tuesday, marking the first time the seat has gone to a Republican since Richard Nixon was president.
Republican Samuel Belsito defeated Democrat Anthony J. Horn by a 58.5%-41.5% margin, largely because his stances in support of citizens' Second Amendment rights and fiscal restraint were more convincing. Based on a review of Newsday's Associated Press Connecticut feed carrying stories from throughout the Nutmeg State (most June 11 and June 12 stories as of the time of this post are here and here), it appears that the AP did not run any stories on the result, and almost certainly made no attempt to discern its meaning.
A post-election Hartford Courant editorial summarized the situation as follows (bolds are mine throughout this post):
***Connecticut's continuing poor economic performance, general disdain for what are perceived as shenanigans at the Capitol in Hartford AND UNHAPPINESS AMONG GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES AT STRONG GUN-CONTROL LAWS AFTER THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE are said to have revved up District 53 voters.***
Given the Courant's typically liberal posture, it's likely that it reversed the priority of three issues it mentioned in voters' minds.
It's understandable that AP didn't treat the result as a national story (a search at the AP's national site on Belsito's last name also quite predictably came up empty), but its failure from all appearances to carry a story within the state is pretty weak, and appears to be agenda-driven.
The AP seems to be constantly on the lookout for supposed bellwether elections signaling good news for the left and virtually celebrates them, sometimes even at its national site, when they occur. When things go the other way, the typical result is silence or, at best, a terse, perfunctory blurb...
#2 Aug 12, 2013
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