May 4, 2010

Whit Betts jumps into race; others may join him

There are “quite a few” candidates interested in seeking the job that state Rep. Bill Hamzy has held since 1994, city GOP leader TJ Barnes said this morning.
“You’d be amazed how many people are interested,” Barnes said. One of them, former Bristol city Councilor Whit Betts, declared his intention today to run. He is Barnes' uncle.
“Obviously the goal is to get the best potential candidate,” Barnes said.
Republicans have a convention slated for Tuesday in Plymouth to pick a candidate.
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43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee, why didn't he run for Senate?
Or was the plan all along?

Anonymous said...

Who is going to challenge the Barnes Family?

democratic supporter said...

Go get 'em Whett.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Hamzy gave the Republicans only one week to find a candidate.

Or was it know by a select few?

Positively Right said...

Whit 2010 = GOP loss

Anonymous said...

whit + wifey's money = defeat

a shame said...

Too bad the GOP can't get some one other than Wet Betts.

It's time for the Barne$' to take a back seat again.

Anonymous said...

Great opportunity for the democrats.

Anonymous said...

Bill, thank you for your service.

Unfortunately, all we have left now is a egomaniac (Nicastro), union hack who is discounted after 19 years in the Senate (Colapietro), who has no position of authority, leadership or respect and what's his name who is a (persona non gratis), Wright. And we wonder why Bristol does not get it's due in Hartford, yup, keep electing those Democrats, Bristol.

Anonymous said...

Too many Republicans are in it for ego, not to win or to serve the people.

Anonymous said...

Case closed

Anonymous said...

Whit-less Betts!? What's that old farmer, 75-80 years old? Just another Barnes boytoy!
Those Barnes want so badly to get into politics but they keep pushing their relatives into these races instead...Hum, maybe because they have no nerve themselves to run? lol.

Anonymous said...

You few Republicans have to keep knocking the Dems in Hartford to make yourselves feel better. Go ahead you sore losers! And keep hoping the Barnes money will buy you an elected position just like that Linda McWestler is trying to buy her elected position. lol.

Anonymous said...

I'd rather have a "union hack" in Hartford then a snob elitist who’s the front man for the Barnes money. lol. Those elitists of Bristol treat the common working man like dirt; always have, always will.

Anonymous said...

Go Whit!!

Positively Right said...

May 5, 2010 12:17 PM:

I half agree with you.

I like neither.

Anonymous said...

Nice show of support for Whit from Mayor Ward.

Guess that will preclude any dem from running.

What did he get in return?

Anonymous said...

Wonder what Welch thinks of all of this?

Did he get had or what!

Anonymous said...

Good place to hide him: in Hartford.

Anonymous said...

Re: 12:17

Yes, the Union Hack has done so much good over the past 19 years. His former employer is no longer here in Bristol. How many union jobs were in Connecticut when he took office? How many are there now?

You disparage Whit Betts because he married a Barnes. Good God man, is your problem greed or envy. You obviously have never met Whit. He is an honorable, generous and honest man. Many of your Democratic leaders have echoed these very thoughts, i.e. the Mayor of Bristol and Democrats in Terryville.

You need to take off your blinders and realize that people like Mr. Betts are part of the solution, not the problem.

If you feel a need to blame someone, try the unions, look what the Greek unions are doing to their country. Portugal is next, then Ireland, then Spain, then England and guess who is next? Greed? You bet and it's the unions who lead the greed.

They served their purpose and now they are purposely served to garner votes for Democrats.

Anonymous said...

for everyone who knock the Barne's. they employ hundreds of people. How many do you employ?

Anonymous said...

Hey ya biased dingbat liar! That place closed 2 years after he left. It must have really hurt you sponges when you didn't have their money to rip off!

Anonymous said...

The reason Bristol is in bad shape is because of yoou useless whiners.

Anonymous said...

7:54 Why don't you go there and straighten them out. You wouldn't last a day !

transparent said...

4:25 - that's the difference between you and someone who respects a person's right to run for office - respect.
ward didn't say that he was voting for Betts, he said that Betts was an upstanding guy; would you rather have a "sleeze-bag" run for office?
If so, you will qualify to be a contender, just step up and bring your name public.

Anonymous said...

7:54 You ae the expert on greed and idiocy! All we have to do is read your dumb hatemongering comments!

Positively Right said...

May 5, 2010 7:54 PM:

Agreed.

You convinced me. But is Whit electable and will he sustain?

Anonymous said...

8:08 How can we tell you're a biased Republican numbnut ?

Anonymous said...

May 6, 2010 8:37 AM:

The "numb-nut(s)" is/are the union lackey, Tommie-Toupe' and his side kick, John-boy

Anonymous said...

Re: 8:35 AM

Please indicate in my previous post whereby I espoused greed, envy, dumbness and hatemongering.

I simply stated that Senator Colapietro has been in Hartford for almost 20 years, that is a fact, he holds no leadership position, that is a fact, he is not Chairman of any major Senate Committee, and that is a fact. I believe he is Chairman of a low level sub-committee.

He is anti-business who happens to provide jobs for his constituents and that is a fact. He has voted for every tax increase that the Democrats have proposed and that is a fact. He has voted for legislation that has hurt Bristol and then did not realize exactly what it did or how it hurt this community and then recanted his position, but the vote stood and that is a fact.

For all the times that he has been in lock step with his party, one would think that at the very least, he would have been rewarded with a position of power, responsibility and clout in the State Senate. That is not the case and that is a fact.

But 8:35, don't let the facts get in your way for a proper discussion of the facts. Name calling is a much better avenue for posters who have no facts.

Anonymous said...

Closed Clique.

Anonymous said...

9:52 When are you cowards gonna come up with something different rather than your childish namecalling? Blah, Blah Blah......more hot air ! Numbnut!

Anonymous said...

12:30 Other than your normal lies where are your real facts? You poor thing just don't know what your talking about. Look at the real record maybe you'll learn something. Even if he didn't do anything he does more than you, But check the record someday and look at what he's really done. Hurt too much?

Anonymous said...

Re: 3:00 PM

"Even if he didn't do anything he does more than you,...."

Well, that makes me feel better. I am almost at the point where you will be agreeing with me.

Anonymous said...

Is Stortz going to run?

Anonymous said...

5:46 I guess you are too stupid to be insulted. I " I said even if" Dummy ! A no name is useless and "Even if anybody did nothing" it's more than you do !

Anonymous said...

7:14

see 1:26

Anonymous said...

Re: 9:18

My goodness, you just don't get it. He is in Hartford, he has done nothing in 19 years. I am not in Hartford, I don't have to do anything. What don't you get? The more you post, the more you make my point.

Anonymous said...

1:47 No you just don't get it. Stop your biased lying and look at the record stupid! Blah, Blah, Blah!

zzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

11:47 - good point, you don't have to do anything so stop blabbing and go back to hibernating someplace.

Anonymous said...

I know Whit and he is a stand up guy that would do anything for any body even you heartless people talking smack about him, you obviously do not know him and that is too bad. My vote is for Whit.
Kind regards,
Non-Barnes family member!

Lords went out in 1776 said...

Actually the Barneses today are inheritors of wealth and a business created by others long ago and tended to by people who know what they're doing which "the Barneses" really don't.

But I am thankful that they don't up-root Assoc. Spring and move to Mexico or a Right to Work state like most manufacturers are doing these days. Certainly Whit and TJ have nothing to do with employing the few hundred people they do in CT anyway. But god bless them and every one else here too.

Anonymous said...

The Barnses don't own Theis any more it's owned by a German group