Alan Schlesinger will be entering the U.S. Senate race Monday, according to the Hartford Courant:
Schlesinger, who won six elections for the state legislature and two for mayor, predicted Thursday that Democratic challenger Ned Lamont would defeat Lieberman in a Democratic primary in August, setting up a possible three-way race in November. The reason for the prediction, Schlesinger said, is "history" - meaning that Democrats in Connecticut have traditionally chosen the more liberal candidate in primaries.So he's counting on a Lamont win, and/or Lieberman moving to the left. It's not a bad strategy, as Lieberman has already drifted leftward since his infamous statements about Iraq last year.
"This is the party that brought you [former gubernatorial contender Bill] Curry twice and is totally upset with Lieberman over Iraq," Schlesinger said. "Lamont will be coming at him from the left, and I will come at him from the right." (Keating)
George Gallo is also optimistic.
"He's been the bulldozer of Connecticut politics," Gallo said of Lieberman. "He has rolled over everybody, but 2006 is going to be an interesting year for the senator. If Lieberman wins the primary, he's still going to have a race on his hands. This primary is going to force him back to his left. That creates an opportunity for us." (Keating)Schlesinger has promised to use $500,000 of his own money for the campaign.
The other announced candidate, of course, is Paul Streitz, who even Gallo dismisses as a "one issue" candidate. Jack Orchulli is also considering a run. A nomination fight between these three could be the only interesting part of the GOP convention next month.
Keating, Christopher. "Ex-Mayor, Legislator From Derby To Announce Run For U.S. Senate." Hartford Courant 14 April, 2006.
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