Friday, April 14, 2006

Schlesinger to Enter Senate Race

GOP Sees "Opportunity"

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.

"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)
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.

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.

Source

Keating, Christopher. "Ex-Mayor, Legislator From Derby To Announce Run For U.S. Senate." Hartford Courant 14 April, 2006.

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21 comments:

DeanFan84 said...

This is getting interesting. And while I know some of the Liebercrats will use this as yet another scare tactic against the Lamont insurgency, it needs to be re-emphasized, the fault lies squarely with Joe.

First it's incredible that the former V-P candidate won't commit to the Democratic Party, and our basic processes. Does Joe care if the Senate seat might end up in the hands of the GOP? No! Because it's all about Joe! In the past two years we have seen how little regard he has for Democrats and our agenda.

Second, if during 2005 Joe had bent, even just a little, this primary might not be happening. All we wanted was for Lieberman to take two steps back from Bush, and to quit providing the other side with political cover. Instead he attends National Review dinners with William Buckley and Rush Limbaugh, makes monthly appearances on Sean Hannity's hate-filled radio show, and writes op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal in continued support of this idiotic war.

The Democrats are in a quandry. If I were Diane Farrell, Joe Courtney, or Chris Murphy, I'd be seriously pissed. Where do we go from here? I don't know.

It needs to be understood that anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Lieberman crowd won't be reined in. The sentiment is just too strong. That leaves two other options. One is letting 2006 play out with the understanding that our Dem challenges are probably FUBAR. The second is,--in the case Joe won't commit to the Party and our primary-- we jettison Joe and run united against the incumbents.

Someone of stature needs to step forward and pressure Joe to commit to the Party, now. If not, the earlier we get rid of him the better.

ctkeith said...

Lieberman knows he can't win a primary.He's hoping he can muster enough of the old hacks(like DiNardo) to win the vote at the convention and then he's going to bolt and run as an Indy.

Their won't be 3 people who admit they voted for Lieberman at the convention when this happens.Just watch.

hartford_for_lamont said...

From today's Hartford Courant:

Ex-Mayor, Legislator From Derby To Announce Run For U.S. Senate

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-ctschlesinger0414.artapr14,0,1296052.story?coll=hc-headlines-politics-state

Former Derby Mayor Alan Schlesinger will enter the U.S. Senate race Monday, seeking the Republican nomination and setting the stage for a potential battle against incumbent U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in November.

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.

"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."


What can I say but YIPPIE!!

Schlesinger appears to be a serious GOP candidate & contender who can tap deeply into the pool of pro-bush CT repubs that Lieberman has been playing to and that Lieberman had counted on to win in November.

I'd say that Lieberman has just lost about 50% of the voter base that he had counted on to win in November.

LIEBERMAN'S NOVEMBER VICTORY STRATEGY IS NOW TOTAL DOGMEAT!

YIPPIE!!

This is Joe Lieberman's worst nightmare come true, with him now facing viable contenders on both the left and the right, squeezing Lieberman's moderate wishy-washy repub-lite turf where Lieberman likes to maneuver into a very narrow sliver of a space.

And I have a confession to make; while a Lamont victory in Nov is my first choice, I would be almost as happy with a Schlesinger victory as well, that is how much I hate Lieberman.

My first priority is to get Lieberman out of CT politics; I want to see Lieberman severely politically punished & humiliated in a way that resonates with him for the rest of his life.

DeanFan84 said...

Hartford--
Despite my beefs with Joe, I think you are wrong in your position. Please remember that Lamont has already pledged his support to Lieberman, if Joe wins the Primary in August.

As Democrats, it is very important that we hold this Senate seat. By no means should we be operating out of spite. For that reason, I will not support a Weicker run, nor will I cross-over and vote for Schlesinger, (who would be worse than Joe). This is Ned Lamont's position, and I agree with him completely.

The Schlesinger entry is, however, very good reason for Lieberman to re-think his position vis-a-vis the Dem Primary. I predict Joe's only chance of winning in November is to earn the Dem nomination, fair and square. Therefore I ask him once again to Commit to the Party, and the Primary.

JTWBlogger said...

hartford for lamont

I don't like Lieberman very much but I can't vote in the primary, but if I could I dont know who I would vote for yet. It doesn't make me like Lamont when I hear people say they only support him because they hate Lieberman or want to humilliate him.

I am probably going to become a democrat soon and when I do I will take it seriously and never say I wish a republican wuold beat a democrat.

DeanFan84 said...

jtw--
The emotions run deep regarding Lieberman b/c we really feel he has betrayed us. Plus how many American kids have died in Iraq this month, and for what?

This local press article might give you a better feeling about the kind of campaign Ned is running. And there is tons more info, including video footage, here at the unofficial Lamont Resource site.

BRubenstein said...

There are very recent rumblings coming out of DC about our US military doing a 1st strike against Iran's nuclear capabilities ....Joe has been on record about this in the past,saying it would be a good thing.

Could someone post links to Joe's positions on the possible Iran strike.

Schlesinger is a Conservative and i suspect will not hold any republican moderates.If Joe bolts to run as an independant it will be important for Lamont to appeal to moderates to prevent Lieberman from winning.

I was until recently a state Dem party official(finance chair) and its appalling that Joe wont commit to only running as a democrat. Its equally terrible that so many in my party dont have the balls to tell him either "commit to our party or lose my support" Nancy DiNardo,the state party chair should have conveined meetings and put pressure on Joe about this,but she has done nothing.

As far as i am concerned Joe (having no military record) is a chief cheer-leader for Bush and is responsible for the over 2300 american deaths as anyone.Iraq before the war was at least a sectarian country...now it wil be a theocracy in due course.The roughly trillion dollars we spent on this foolish and stupid war could have been used for social programs in this country.


If Joe losses the primary...and every day Lamont gains strength...it is his own fault because he doesnt seem to care for the various groups that make up the base of the democratic party.

Additionally,I always enjoy the postings of CtMike,CtKeith and Deadfan...to name oa few.

BRubenstein said...

sorry..i meant to say i enjoy deanfan's postings

ctkeith said...

BRubenstein,

Ms. Dinardo sold herself as a great Fundraiser while running for the Position of State Chair.

From what you've seen has she lived up to the sales pitch she presented as a candidate or is state central still totaly dependent on the JJB dinner funds and our 2 senators genorosity?

2indaPink said...

You guys are missing the best part of this whole thing: we may get another round of musings from Jack "The Crack" Orchulli!!!

And I think this Slesinger guy is totally BS'ing with his plan to "match" up to $500K. If you've got half-a-million just sitting around what's the first thing you do...MOVE OUT OF DERBY!

BRubenstein said...

Hi Keith..and its always a real pleasure to deal with you.

To answer your question, state central is like a prostitute who lives off the money donated from " generous men" They live off the donations from the 2 generous senators and the rich and political elite.

Ms Dinardo has in my opinion very conservative views and she has violated one of the basic customs of the job of being state party chair....this is that she failed to remain neutral in a statewide primary.The custom in the last 30 years that i was active, was that the party chair remain neutralin any primaries ...it would be my belief given her conservative politcs and endorsement of Lieberman that she wouldnt work for LaMont even if he won the primary..indeed i believe she would work underground to have him lose. Best to you,Bruce

truth squad said...

bruce, let's tell the truth now. when your friend Ed marcus was chair, he actively supported al gore against bill bradley in the presidential primary...

hartford_for_lamont said...

JTWBlogger said to me:

"It doesn't make me like Lamont when I hear people say they only support him because they hate Lieberman or want to humilliate him."

Actually JT, I LOVE Lamont, AND I hate Lieberman, AND I want to see Lieberman driven into ground!

I most certainly do not merely "hate Lieberman", but I have every right & justification to hate someone like Lieberman, who has provided a unique & special sort of cover for the many illegalities committed by the bush crime family.

Do you hate crime and criminals?

The same difference for Lieberman!

It isn't just about Lieberman not being a "pure" Democrat; it IS about

JOE LIEBERMAN AIDING AND ABETTING THE BUSH WAR CRIMINALS!

BRubenstein said...

Dear Truth Squad

I dont speak for Marcus, nor do i remember what he may or may not have done so many years ago...you can ask him yourself,call me and i will give you his number.

Weicker Liker said...

Alan Schlesinger has got to be kidding....

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should he spend $500,000 of his own money on a US Senate Race.

Tells me he has no broad support, mich like Jack Orchulli in 2004.

Orchulli already is owed $1.3 Million by his Campaign Committee from his run in 2004 against Dodd.

Orchulli is an empty suit.

And remember, Orchulli has also gone on record in the Journal Inquirer with an interest in running for State Treasurer.

What does Jack want??? A US Senate Seat or State Treasurer???

Also, Schlesinger lalso ikes to boast about his opposition to the State Income Tax in 1991. His alternative was to raise the CT Sales Tax to 10%. He wanted our state to rely on an an unstable and unpredictable revenue stream to balance our state's needs.

truth squad said...

bruce, you mentioned that while you were involved during the last 30 years that state chairs were neutral and with the position taht you held i am sure that you knew that marcus was supporting gore over bradley so your statement is not entirely accurate. not a bog deal, just doing my job as the truth squad

BRubenstein said...

Dear Truth squad..I realize the importance of what you do but honestly i dont remember what he may or may not have done so many years ago.

I do know this..Nancy DiNardo and the other elected officials that already have endorsed Lieberman have violated the custom of "neutrality" for primaries in state wide races...

Fortunately no one listens to her and the war being such a intense issue...folks will listen to their conscience and principles before listening to her.

I am appalled at the terrible treatment Lamont has received by the party elected officials....but the grassroots must like him..he is growing in support every day as they realize that he is a real democrat.

WeickerSuxx said...

WL: You must have some ax to grind with Orchulli--that's like the fourth post in which you've said he's an empty suit.

Do I even need to start on Lowell?

But you're right on about his hedging his bets...I think he's gonna find that he has been way too cute with this whole thing. And I wouldn't call him an empty suit...just an empty head.

DeanFan84 said...

Hey Hartford! Chill out!

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but we are past outrage mode, and into campaigning nicely. Didn't you get the memo? (and you should know that Joe wants to characterize us as angry and over the top).

And where you been man? You're just arriving here and at MyLeftNutmeg today? Hmmm...

BRubenstein said...

GC and others...

the Rev William Sloane Coffin just died....He was huge in connecticut politcs in the 60's and 70's and should be worth a topic of discussion.

hartford_for_lamont said...

DeanFan84 said to me:

"As Democrats, it is very important that we hold this Senate seat."

That is DSCC talk, the calculus of settling for less than we should.

I AM SICK & TIRED OF SETTLING FOR LESS THAN WE SHOULD!!

First of all, I don't consider Lieberman in that seat as "holding that seat". I believe that sometimes you have to do major surgery to excise cancer, and that is what Lieberman is, a cancer on the entire Dem party, nationally, and he must be excised OUT, period.

Lieberman does more political damage to ALL the Dems NATIONALLY than a CT repub senator like a Schlesinger ever could.

Lieberman is like a fifth columnist, someone who is right in our midst intimately among us, but working to destroy us every day on the inside even worse than an outside enemy is capable of.

Yeah, I admit it, I hate Lieberman. Lieberman makes me sick whenever I see him, like when he was standing next to Sen. Pat Roberts who was speaking, with Lieberman VERY visibly nodding up and down approvingly like a friggin' stupid bobblehead, Lieberman visibly agreeing with the one repub senator who is the most responsible for hiding the truth from the American people about the crimes of the bush crime family.

Yeah, I hate Lieberman with a passion, but that doesn't change the fact that Lieberman is just plain cancer for all Dems nationally, and thus must go.

Of course, I am for Lamont all the way and I think that Lamont now has the best odds for winning in Nov in a 3-way race, but I will say it again, even Schlesinger is BETTER than Lieberman, because Lieberman cancerously weakens the entire Dem party nationally insideously from within in a way that a CT repub senator never could.

DeanFan84 also said to me:

"I appreciate your enthusiasm, but we are past outrage mode, and into campaigning nicely."

wrong; Lieberman is a sneaky tricky vicious bastard. Lamont can be a nice guy, but we in the trenches still need to throw the hard punches and make those bellyaching phone calls.

Admit it, the thing that fuels Lamont's campaign is a passionate HATRED of Lieberman!