July 28th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Simmons says he is still in Senate race

Washington (CNN) – The Simmons campaign is officially back from the dead.

Rob Simmons, the former three-term Republican congressman, attended a debate Tuesday night in which he eliminated any remaining doubt that he is a candidate for Senate in Connecticut.

"I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going," Simmons said during the debate, according to the Hartford Courant. "I don't like the bailouts, I don't like the unemployment, I don't like the rising deficits, I don't like the foreclosures and in particular, I don't like the … spending that threatens to bankrupt out country."

The status of the Simmons campaign has been a mystery since, after finishing second at the Connecticut GOP convention in May, he suspended his campaign and released most of his staff, but did remain on the primary ballot.

Former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon finished first in the GOP convention vote in May, but did not attend Tuesday's debate. Neither did Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Instead of taking on heavyweights in the race, Simmons was left to debate Republican Peter Schiff and independent candidates John Mertens and Warren Mosler.

Last week, in some of the first signs of renewed life, Simmons announced he would run a television commercial – billed as a public service announcement – asking Connecticut voters to look at the issues when making their decision in the state's August 10 primary.

But while Simmons says he is back in the race, the most recent blog post on his campaign website is from May and is titled "Simmons Announces Scale Back Of Campaign." Calls to his campaign headquarters went unanswered Tuesday.

The Republican primary winner will face off in November against Blumenthal, the presumptive Democratic nominee. The general election winner will succeed five-term Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election.


Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going,"

    DANG – is that the ONLY statement a RepubliCAN'T knows???

    Where was the country when we went into TWO wars and almost went into a depression???

    Maybe the RepubliCAN'Ts are complaining because White versus Non-White is drastically changing!!! Things have to SHIFT and CHANGE in order to accommodate the movement and many are not ready for that – especially far-right-White-men!!!

    I am so sick of "I LOVE MY COUNTRY" and "The country needs to go back to the times of our forefathers!!!!"

    WAKE UP – look outside – NOTCE all of the COLORS in this world – GRIN and BEAR IT... Period!!

    July 28, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Scott in Atlanta

    The American people are like the dog in the movie "UP".

    SQUIRREL!!!

    We're so easily distracted.

    July 28, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Obviously an idiot, since you can't have foreclosure relief without some kind of bail-out.

    July 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Ok How on a Senator's pay can he own several homes (one home in Nantucket no less?) and a 7 million dollars yacht?"

    His wife's last name is Heinz. Do the math, moron.

    July 28, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    Don't like whre the country is going? Why do republicans want to take our country back to the brink of depression? GOP stupidity was soundly rejected in 2006 and 2008, but it is hard for them to realize that their antiquated ideas resonate with less that 40% of the country.

    July 28, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Lee

    Outed karyn Polito a Republican Hypocrit. Where does she stand on corporations going to Cayman Islands to get out of taxes. She is only attacking John Kerry who did nothing illegal. But bet your bottom dollar you ask that woman about corporations doing same thing she is all for it. Phoney outrage makes me want to Puke.

    July 28, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. siz

    I want to know what all these MORON DOUBLE TALKING EMPTY WORDS REPUBLICANS would have done if not 'bail out'. Its pretty accepted by any one who knows what he/she is talking about that the bailouts saved us from a major recession or depression. SO ITS CHEAP NONSENSE POLITICAL BS TO SAY YOU ARE AGAINST BAILOUTS!

    July 28, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. carlos

    get out of the race you idiot.....after all, you are a repulsive repugnantard and to make matters worse, he says:

    "I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going,"

    Why didn t you speak up when it was going into the ditch from 2000 to 2008??????

    July 28, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |