UPDATED: Mirror Backs Blake; Register Picks Joy

What exactly does this mean for Milford's mayoral candidates' campaigns? One professor says, not much.

Picking the candidate who they said has more political experience, greater fiscal restraint and a record of making informed decisions, the Milford Mirror has endorsed Ben Blake for mayor.

In making the decision, the newspaper wrote on Nov. 2:

"He loves the community, and certainly will do the best he can for Milford, relying on his education, intelligence, experience and the lessons he’s learned while making decisions as an alderman — decisions similar to those a mayor will be asked to make on a daily basis."

The original story follows:

Bob Joy was "very happy" yesterday when the New Haven Register endorsed him to be Milford's next mayor.

On his Facebook page for mayor, Joy's comment that he was "very happy" with the endorsement garnered 10 likes and 2 comments. The Republican candidate for mayor also posted this excerpt from the Register endorsement, which was published Nov. 1:

"Bernard 'Bob' F. Joy Jr., a first-term Republican alderman, knows budget specifics — the city’s bond rating, number of municipal layoffs — that escape his main opponent."

Milford Democrats are not reading too much into the endorsement. In fact, based on their experience in the last election, when the Register endorsed a Democrat for mayor who ended up losing, they said it could be a blessing in disguise. “Two years ago it did not help us any bit,” said Rich Smith, campaign manager for Ben Blake.

“The real endorsement that we care about is the endorsement of the voters of Milford on Nov. 8th,” Smith said.

According to Quinnipiac University Professor of Journalism Rich Hanley, an endorsement may not carry as much weight as it once did.

"Newspaper endorsements are artifacts of a period when voters received the majority of their information from print," Hanley said. "Today, newspaper endorsements are useful to a candidate only in that a candidate can use that information as a kicker for a television or online advertisement."

As for any correlation between endorsements and the winner on election day, Hanley added:

"The only study I'm aware of on the topic is one by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania. She found no evidence of any impact of endorsements, a point raised in her book, "Everything You Think You Know About Politics and Why You're Wrong.'"

Michael Brown November 05, 2011 at 12:54 PM
The CT Post has NEVER endorsed a Democrat in Milford. Another quote from the article, "Less comforting is Joy's spotty voting record, both in public elections and on the Board of Aldermen." And by the way, President John McCain was also endorsed by the Post in 2008.
JE November 05, 2011 at 02:06 PM
You actually sat there and counted them? Maybe that's all they got this week. For many years they wouldn't publish ANY political letters to the editor. I actually wish they'd go back to that policy. But in any case, I know the Mirror editorial staff to be the most hardworking, honest and balanced in the local news community. I highly doubt they purposely chose only those from democrats to print.
JE November 05, 2011 at 02:07 PM
And on another note, I bet some of those letters were from Independents or Republicans that are voting for Blake!
CuriousOrange November 05, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Why should Republicans write letters? They own the newspapers.
Hal DePino November 06, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Didn't I just read you say on another story that we should all show a little more respect for one another? I suggest you practice what you preach and turn your computer off.


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