They may not agree on much, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be rooting for the same football team next Sunday.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes used his Twitter account Friday to try and provoke some contention between the two governors, who historically haven’t needed his help. He wondered if Malloy would bet on the New England Patriots over Christie’s Giants for the Superbowl next Sunday.
Malloy, a Giants fan himself, responded by hashtagging his Tweet with “#ThingsThatWillNeverHappen” and “Go Giants!”
In other Twitter news, Himes and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy ended their week-long contest to see who could rack up more Twitter followers. When the polls closed at noon it was 452-430 for Murphy.
Political observers credit Murphy with a stronger get out the vote effort in the final hours of the campaign while Himes seemed more focused on starting fights between governors.
Murphy at one point Tweeted “5 minutes and counting! Call your mom! Shout to your neighbor! Need a few more followers to win bet for charity w Himes.”
Himes said he would review hanging chads in Florida and appeal to the Supreme Court “but for the good of the country, I concede.”
In the end, both agreed to donate 10,000 cents each to the Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County and the New Britain Spanish Speaking Center. That’s 200 bucks. Not bad.
Friday Night Fundraising Dump
When it’s bad news release it on a Friday and hope no one notices.
Susan Bysiewicz, who is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, released her fourth quarter fundraising numbers. According to the release she raised over $273,000 and has cash on hand of about $890,000. U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy raised $720,000 in the fourth quarter and has $2.5 million in the bank.
“We are clearly on track to have the resources that we need to communicate Susan’s message of holding Wall Street, corporate special interests, and Washington accountable to the middle class,” Jonathan Ducote, Bysiewicz’s campaign manager, said.