Monday, June 26, 2006

Bass: "Lieberman Lies"

Paul Bass doesn't like Joe Lieberman. We know that already. But today his ire towards the senator was made much worse by the feeling that the Lieberman campaign had used something he had written as a source for a nasty, inaccurate attack on Ned Lamont.
Ask Ned Lamont Why..." the back page begins.

One of the "ask whys" read as follows: "... He Hired The Former Republican Party Chairman To Run His Senate Campaign."

Not true. Connecticut's leading left-leaning Democratic Party activist, Tom Swan, runs the Ned Lamont campaign.

The flyer is referring to someone else, Tom D'Amore. D'Amore ran the state Republican Party in the 1980s. He quit in 1990 to help Lowell Weicker defeat the Republicans and win the governor's office as an independent. D'Amore is a registered independent.
He in no way "runs" the Lamont campaign. The Lamont campaign did hire his firm, Doyle, D'Amore & Balducci (the third named partner being the former Democratic speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives), to do consulting work.
The Lieberman flyer cites me as a source for this lie: "Source: Paul Bass column, Hartford Courant, 3/26/06."

Actually, my column in the Courant that day made no mention of D'Amore working for Lieberman. I did mention in a March 5 Courant column that D'Amore might do consulting work for Lamont.(Update: Bass made a correction on his site--the corrected sentence follows) Actually, my column in the Courant reported that D'Amore had signed on as a consultant, not that he would "run" or "manage" or in any way direct the campaign. (Apologies: Those particular columns are no longer available on the Courant's web site.) On March 13, the Independent did report the fact that D'Amore agreed to sign on as a consultant.

The relevant point is that nowhere was it ever reported that D'Amore would run the campaign. That's a crucial distinction.
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"For the record," [Lamont campaign manager Tom] Swan said Monday, "I have never been chairman of the state Republican Party." (Bass)

I really hate to break it to Lieberman, but primary voters just aren't going to accept the idea that Lamont is somehow a tool of the Republican Party. Anyone who actually goes to the polls on a beautiful, hot August day to cast his or her vote for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate is more politically aware than this.

Try something else. But do it quick, you're running out of time. And for heaven's sake, don't make Paul Bass any angrier.

Source

Bass, Paul. "Lieberman Lies, Leaps Into Gutter." New Haven Independent 26 June, 2006.

8 comments:

bluecoat said...

I am reaally looking forward to a match-up between Schlesinger and Lamont; they are both inexperienced but they are smart enough to grow into the jobs from what I can tell; and if it's the two of them i am sure ego Joe will be in there too...

bluecoat said...

in AP Jun 26, 12:19 PM EDT White House Plays Down Iraq Withdrawal Talk Bush says"And victory means a free government that is able to sustain itself, defend itself." we're geeting closer...

and Jun 26, 12:37 PM EDT
Bush Slams Leak of Terror Finance Story By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent
I don't know about the legality but I am not sure why anybody is surprised on this since we were told they were following the money to comabat terror just as we were tolld they were listening to chatter before the NSA story came out...

BRubenstein said...

GC..actually i hope Joementum keeps pursueing that line of attack...that Ned is the tool of the Republican Party...No one sane will believe it

Note to any Lamont staffers reading this blog...get the D'Amore records of what was paid to him and what he did for the money ready, for a response..

BRubenstein said...

GC..i hope Joementum keeps pursueing such an unrealistic line of attack..it shows his desperation and the fact that he is very out of touch with voters if he thinks the voters would swallow such B.S.

NOTE TO LAMONT STAFFERS...

Get a copy of what you paid D'Amore and a report of what he did for the money for a response to Joementum's shrill and desperate attacks.

bluecoat said...

His father was a Republican just like yours BR...you're both registered Democrats but really double political agents...you can't fool me...

BRubenstein said...

bluecoat...LMAO...i fell off the chair..laughing

GMR said...

This line of attack by Lieberman is a little nuts. You sort of wonder if he's trying to lose.

ctkeith said...

GC,

Your first line in this diary makes it seem like this is Personal between Lieberman and Bass which it isn't.

I think you'd be suprised if you saw Bass and Lieberman or Bass and JDS interact.

Paul Bass is a Pro.Although he has been known as Hard hitting and even over the top on occasion he takes criticism well and even admits mistakes.

Paul doesn't dislike Joe Lieberman the man he Dislikes the fact that Lieberman built his reputation as a man of religious conviction,Honor and Ethics yet has proven over and over again that when he is in a tough spot those are the first things he's willing to throw overboard.