With all due respect to Itshaky, who does contribute fairly frequently to the CT political blogosphere, it's a token candidacy. And that's unfortunate.
Itshaky, a Bethany acupuncturist who managed 52 votes in his run for First Selectman there, also previously challenged Democratic State Senator Joe Crisco.
While Itshay's weak political pedigree does not help, most of the factors that make him token are out of his control. In the Congressional redistricting that took place after the 2000 census, Connecticut was reconfigured from six districts to five, due to population loss.
At the time, the Republicans held the upper hand in this redistricting, as Jim Maloney's district was eliminated, pitting him in a failed bid against Republican Nancy Johnson. After the 2002 elections, Republicans held three of the state's five Congressional seats.
To achieve this, the First District of Democrat John Larson and the Third District of DeLauro were sacrificed, as their composition was arranged to virtually ensure no Republican had a shot there. It was a plan that worked well for the GOP at the time, by making the other three districts better ground for Republicans. Of course, in the sweep against Republicans in 2006, the arrangement was little help.
While I wish Itshaky well with his race, the real focus by Connecticut Republicans needs to remain on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Districts. Incumbent Chris Shays in the 4th will have his work cut out for him in against Democrat Jim Himes, a man who gives the leftwing blogosphere painful priapisms. State Senator David Cappiello is a good candidate to oppose Chris Murphy in the 5th District. Unfortunately, the Sullivan campaign in the 2nd District against Joe Courtney seems stillborn.
Collectively, Republicans are going to need to do better than this if we expect to have a chance at regaining a majority of the Congressional seats in the state that we held such a short time ago. That process begins with good candidates and ends with not abandoning conservative principles.