August 2nd, 2010
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Simmons launches new ad, scores another endorsement

Rob Simmons is up with a new ad that touts his service record.
Rob Simmons is up with a new ad that touts his service record.

Washington (CNN) – With eight days to go before a Connecticut primary in which voters will select nominees to compete for the seat of veteran Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, one contender for the GOP nomination is up with a new ad, and has scored another newspaper endorsement.

Rob Simmons, who at one point suspended his campaign, is up with a new 30-second spot that touts his military service. Titled "Lest We Forget" the ad features images of Simmons in a military uniform. Before running for public office, Simmons served as an Army officer and more recently worked at the CIA.

"Lest we forget, service is what we ask of our leaders," the ad's narrator says. "And service is the yardstick by which we measure them."

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

In recent weeks, Simmons has revived the campaign, launching two ads, attending a debate and scoring up the endorsement of Connecticut's largest newspaper.

But Simmons faces an uphill battle against Linda McMahon, a former WWE executive who won the Connecticut GOP convention.

Simmons received a boost Friday from Connecticut newspaper The Day, who endorsed Simmons while at the same time questioning the credentials of McMahon.

"[T]here is also much to concern GOP voters about her candidacy. Ms. McMahon made her riches through an exploitative and often degrading form of entertainment with links to steroid use," The Day's editorial board said. "WWE glorifies violence and bullying. It has treated women as objects and people with disabilities as victims, not equals. Ms. McMahon says WWE has cleaned up its act to 'PG' status. Still, the nature of her business background will turn off many voters."

Last week, the Hartford Courant endorsed Simmons.

The Republican primary winner will face off in November against longtime Connecticut Attorney General Richard 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.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Yet another Rethug showing his ugly head. Seriously people, this country will not climb out of the Republican-made mess we are in if we keep giving them power. I shudder to think how bad things would be if McCain and Airhead had won.

    August 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    This creep is the last guy we need in office.

    August 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Gil

    He looks and sounds a governor! If you belong to the Moron Party (GOP).

    August 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. RedMan, CA

    America is turning into a dump because we idolize those that murder others. Just look at all the war memorials around the country.

    What good can come from a country who holds murdering of other foreign nationals as a yardstick for leadership? Disgusting if it wasn't so pathetic....

    Can't show a breast on TV, but it's cool to show the most pornographic violence imaginable.

    This country was formed through the systematic genocide of the natives, i.e. savages, the riches came from enslaving a whole race of "persons" for hundreds of years. By the way those humans were were thought of as less than people up until a few scant decades ago by the God fearing Christians. Sense a trend here? Hypocrisy and violence.

    The country will collapse and rightly so. May the next superpower be built upon the principles of real leaders like Mohandis K. Gandhi, and not the warmongers that currently rule the world. War hawks who don't bat an eyelash at sending young men and women to eternity, i.e. Newt Gingrich – "USA should attack Iran and N. Korea"...

    God Bless America, she needs it badly.

    August 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. carlos

    no more old, white conservatards.....and wearing 35 year old uniform, who is he kidding?????

    August 2, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. a smarter choice

    Anyone is better than Chris Dodd–the man, who with the help of Barney Frank, brought the economy to its knees. And then followed up with a stinky 'finance reform' bill that didn't address the problems (government mandated low-income lending and Fannie/Freddie).

    If we want to fix the economy, we've got to vote out those that got us into this mess–and that is Clinton, Dodd, Frank, Pelosi, Reid and now, even Obama.

    August 2, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. mike

    its another republican that can't make up there mind one minute they are running the next minute they are not it looks to be another Shara Palin in drag or does he have something to hide and is pulling this last minute deal so the voters can't find out who he really is and STOP abusing the military to score points with the voters I think everybody is getting tired of it

    August 2, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Big George in Big D

    Say buh bye Christopher!

    August 2, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. normajean

    "Lest we forget,service is what we ask of our leaders" not just military, but this could be a fine saying for the rest of our government leaders. At this point, only one side is trying while the other side does nothing but complain and obstruct.I frankly find it hard to understand people who are so self serving and without a conscience. How can they, as mature adults, look at themselves in the mirror without being ashamed.? I personally could never stand in front of a group of people and flat out lie! HOW DO THEY DO IT?

    August 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |