January 6th, 2010
11:01 AM ET
4 years ago

First on the Ticker: GOP FOIAs Democratic candidate

National Republicans are wasting little time in building an opposition research file against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
National Republicans are wasting little time in building an opposition research file against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

(CNN) – National Republicans wasted little time Wednesday in building an opposition research file against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who will announce later in the day he will run for the Senate this year, CNN has learned.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent a request this morning to Blumenthal's office asking for copies of information ranging from "budget requests" and "state credit cards issued to Attorney General Blumenthal or provided for his use" to statistics on "plea bargain rates, felony conviction rates, and all other data associated with cases handled by the Office of the Attorney General for each year beginning in 1991 through present."

Blumenthal, a Democrat first elected as attorney general in 1990, will run for retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd's seat. Former Rep. Rob Simmons and businesswoman Linda McMahon are seeking the GOP Senate nomination.

The NRSC asked for the information about Blumenthal under the state's Freedom of Information Act.


Filed under: Connecticut • NRSC • Richard Blumenthal • Senate
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans only care about being in power.

    January 6, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Bruce

    A shining example of "Chicago" style politics. These pots are calling the tea kettle black.

    January 6, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Mike

    Can Republicans do anything other than being a Parth of NO and building Opposition Research and no ideas? I think 3rd world countries do better job running the country than these Politicians in Washington. I think the country is moving in to a wrong direction and Poor Obama won't be able todo anything with his Agenda.

    January 6, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Johnny Five

    The Republicans have nothing to worry about. Peter Schiff will win hands down.

    January 6, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    Of all the low life fear and hate mongers, republicans are my favorite.

    January 6, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Silence Dogoode

    Bloomenthal is the man! As a conservative independent, I will vote for him...he has an excellent track record....no wonder Dodd is retiring. In a primary Bloomenthal would beat the crap out of him

    January 6, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Connecticut Republican Motto: Vote for us, we got nothing!

    January 6, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. carolyn

    Do we care what Liz Chaney says? NO!

    January 6, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Rich

    Blumenthal in a landslide!

    January 6, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Republicans want to return to the time when all was good. Of course that was when they were 6 years old and their parents took care of them. Yep, those were the good old days, no responsibilities.

    January 6, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Todd

    SCUM BAG REPUBLICANS. those three words should always be ued together in that order. They have abolutely nothing, not one idea, for the country, but they will tiwst and lie and slime and smear just to get their filthy paws on our treasury again. Vermin to the last.

    January 6, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Dave

    Sounds about right – dig up any dirt you can find to run a typical filthy campaign GOP-style. One might think that instead of having to do this, they could run on ideas and accomplishments. Oh, I forgot, the GOP has neither. Well, they did manage to botch two wars, ruin our country's economy, and destroy our standing in the world...

    January 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. billy123

    No big surprise here either.

    The GOP will say anything or do anything true or not to gain power and put this country in the toliet.

    January 6, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. JTM5

    Good for them. That is why the FOIA is in place, for people to find the facts and not just smear someone like the Dems do. Funny how I see nothing on this site about C-Span calling out the POTUS for breaking campaign promises about transperency.

    January 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. CHANGE.COM

    Seems to em the GOp is pretty scared that Mr. Blumenthal will indeed kisk their behinds in the polls. He's been there since 1990 and they know hsi work. Why need FOIA seeking number of plea bargains, convictions, and budget requests? Desperation at best.

    January 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. ran

    Fear/hate/obstructionism and yes purist republican at it again.

    People vote for either a true democrat or Independent and tell the Republicans we will not allow their hate/fear/obstructionist ways to go on.

    January 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Beyond Absurd

    Same old GOP. Don't offer a qualified candidate of your own, just try to smear your opponent. The Grand Old Party seems to be unable to see that its present actions and policies are driving it over a cliff. The times are fertile for a new political party that represents moderates and the middle class and believes in country before party.

    January 6, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. katiec

    Well, here we go again. The republicans will begin their smear campaign, sewer tactics, lies, fear mongering etc. That is all
    they have.
    If I were Blumenthal I would tell lthem to shove it.

    January 6, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Keeth in California

    FOIA is only good when it's used by Republicans against Democrats, and not the other way around. (*cough*)

    January 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    Of Course! Politics as usual while Rome Burns – the way of all crumbling Empires! Who will win America's continuous WARS ON Everything! In the words of an older John Denver song, "...whose to say you have to lose for someone else to win..." Peace

    January 6, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. I am the Not-So-Great and Powerless Wizard of Rush

    Dodd would have lost. Now the Democratic party will get to keep his seat. Go Blumenthal, Go!

    January 6, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. A. Goodwin

    Blumenthal will win...no doubt about it.

    January 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Another Reformed Republican

    Just a typical action from the party of dirty tricks. They learned their lessions well from Nixon, Atwater, and Rove.

    These lunatics should be banished from planet Earth!

    January 6, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Bethie in TX

    Blumenthal is a strong candidate, and he has the GOP running scared already. LOL!

    January 6, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    what a waist of time .. no republican can win they are to stupid and lie too much :)

    January 6, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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