Can Bill Clinton help Barney Frank?
Former President Bill Clinton made a three-state swing through New England, campaigning for Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, and Libby Mitchell, the Democratic candidate for governor of Maine.
New Haven, Conn.
Former President Bill Clinton rallied the Democratic faithful in New England on Sunday, urging them to support his longtime friend and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut and persuade their neighbors not to give in to their anger toward the economy and incumbents.Skip to next paragraph
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
"Any time in life you make a really important decision when you're mad, there's about an 80 percent chance you'll make a mistake," Clinton told a crowd in New Haven, Conn., estimated by Blumenthal's campaign to be about 2,000. "So the trick is to channel your anger, not be consumed by it."
McMahon, a former wrestling executive and political newcomer who has pledged to spend as much as $50 million of her own money on the race, isn't considered a tea party activist but has capitalized on the mood for change in Washington and has shrunk Blumenthal's lead to six percentage points, according the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, by flooding the TV airwaves and voters' mailboxes with political ads.
McMahon has tried to paint Blumenthal, who has been the state's attorney general for nearly two decades, as a political insider and someone the people of Connecticut can't trust.
Sunday marked a full day of campaigning and fundraising throughout New England for the former president, one of the Democrats' biggest stars.
Bielat says Clinton's visit shows that Frank is vulnerable.
Frank says he is doing what politicians running for office are expected to do, namely campaigning effectively.