Friday, July 21, 2006

Dealer Blackjack - Schlesinger Was Sued by NJ Casinos

Well now it seems that Alan Schlesinger, Republican Candidate for US Senate, was sued in the early 90's for gambling debt in Atlantic City, NJ. What's next? Anything gonna popup from Vegas or Monte Carlo?

From this morning's Hartford Courant:

When Alan Schlesinger gave a fake name while playing blackjack at Foxwoods in the early 1990s, he had already been sued over a gambling debt by one Atlantic City casino and was on the way to racking up an even bigger debt that led to a second lawsuit.

Schlesinger, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 7 election, paid a total of more than $28,000 in 1990 and 1994 to settle the two lawsuits, according to New Jersey court records reviewed by The Courant.

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Schlesinger on Thursday called himself a "recreational" gambler and vowed he would not be driven from the Senate race.

"I have never done anything illegal. I did absolutely nothing wrong," Schlesinger said. "I'm not getting out of this race because of the fact I had a couple of civil lawsuits filed against me 15 years ago."

When asked about his gambling debts Thursday, Schlesinger initially said he had "no recollection" of ever owing any Atlantic City casinos money and denied he had been sued by the casinos.

When confronted with the case numbers of the lawsuits, Schlesinger said he remembered settling some debts with two casinos but claimed he never was served any legal papers or had to go to court in Atlantic City.

"I vaguely remember there was some controversy surrounding what I owed the two casinos and I stopped payment on the checks, but they were both settled without ever going to court," Schlesinger said.

However, court records show that Boardwalk Regency Corp., owner of Caesar's Palace, filed a lawsuit against Schlesinger on June 12, 1989, claiming he owed $8,800. Schlesinger settled the case on May 21, 1990, by paying Caesar's $10,211, including interest.

On April 23, 1993, records show, Trump's Castle filed a lawsuit claiming Schlesinger owed $13,500. He paid $18,016, including interest, to settle that case on June 8, 1994.

This certainly isn't good news for Schlesinger. I have said before and will say it again, for the good of the party, he should bow out. He has gotten to the point of irrelevancy and should bow out gracefully. He certainly has no chance at winning this thing anymore and should allow someone, anyone, a chance at taking it. And how someone can forget that they had 10's of thousands of dollars in debt to casinos? And forget that he got sued over it? And think nobody would find out?

More from the Courant about the lawsuits:

Russell Lichtenstein, an attorney with Cooper & Levinson, the New Jersey firm that represented Trump's Castle in 1993, said he had no recollection of Schlesinger's case, but that, in general, casinos don't like to go to court to settle outstanding debts.

"Casinos are very understanding because they want to maintain a relationship with the gambler," Lichtenstein said. "In some cases they will wait a year or more before going to court to seek payment."

So obviously this wasn't something minor. All along Schlesinger has said his campaign was a campaign of chances...Perhaps he was referring to someone finding out about his gambling past.

In the past I have defended Schlesinger to great levels. I have no regrets about that. I won't eat crow or say I was wrong because I don't think this makes him any less of a person. I still think he has some good ideas that the government needs to think about but that doesn't matter anymore. He has lost any credibility as a candidate and that's a shame.

I know a lot of people want to blame this on someone but the only person we can blame is Alan Schlesinger himself. He is the only one who knew about this. And when he entered the race, it certainly wasn't a race so who cared? The man had a pipe dream that no one thought would come true. For him it won't but he can certainly make it happen for another Republican.

This republican hopes he realizes that.

Source:
Dave Altimari, Jon Lender and Edmund H Mahony, Two N.J. Casinos Sued Schlesinger Over Debts, Hartford Courant, July 21, 2006

41 comments:

Not Alan Gold said...

Maybe it's time we stuck a fork in him.

Looks like he's done.

Of course if he has any money left, that parasite Foley will convince him to stick around so he can keep getting paid.

ctblogger said...

D_R,

Alan's trouble(s) was not new news to people who knew Alan. Why do you think Jodi Rell gave the thumbs down to his campaign at the beginning.

I won't go too much into this as most of the knowledge on Alan's past is inside info but my only concern is the timing of the revelations.

bluecoat said...

Agreed DG: now he should go but this still goes to the CT GOP pitting up mediocre candidiates that even current federal office holders wouldn't back - Shays endorsed Joe who unlike Shays won't even criticize Bush's abysmal performance in iraq. From most of the dismissive comments I have read the CT GOP wrote the race off from the very beginning and never looked for a strong candidiate. That's a losers attitude in sports and a sad attitude from a party that should exist to promote in the democratic process. And from the last post, I guess everybody thinks I am too rough on Gallo, so I will point to his boss who appointed him,Jodi, who sub-optimizes lots of things in order to keep up appearances.

Anonymous said...

This probably shouldn't suprise anyone. A.S. was a fill in while Gallo was waiting to see if our party would implode. I suspect we'll see a new GOP candidate on August 9th if Lamont wins. I further suspect that it was the plan all along.

I hear Morano is free, but my money is on O'Connor.

disgruntled_republican said...

Bluecoat-

Not gonna arue yours points as they have some merit but Rell Does not appoint the Chairman, the State Central Committee elects its Chairman and it has to be a Committee member...therefore...his home disttrict had to appoint him first, then he had to be elected next. Sure he had the backing of the Governor but it wasn't in question with or without her blessings...and George still called each and every State Central Committee member and asked for their support...

Alan Gold said...

... but my money is on O'Connor.....

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Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

disgruntled_republican said... "
the State Central Committee elects its Chairman "


Right.

"...and it has to be a Committee member...

Not right.

bluecoat said...

DG: I had bad info on the party chair then - I was told it was now an appointed job - and according to ACR you have some bad info so I am not surprised that I had bad info....

disgruntled_republican said...

Thanks for the correction on that...my bad...but I know the rest is 100%n accurate.

Anonymous said...

Gallo is there because the Governor recommended him and state central rubber stamps it. They will never go against a sitting Governor.

RumorHasIt! said...

The plan was for the damaging info to come out in late October, such that all the Republican votes would end up in Lieberman's column, essentially guaranteeing him a victory.

What I want to know is who blew the whistle on this?? Was it the Lamont camp, Jodi Rell, an ambitious lower-level Republican?

Or maybe it was someone who could see how obviously this was all rigged for Lieberman, and couldn't handle the stench.

bluecoat said...

Thanks anon, that's probably why I had the impression I had from the beginning; Joe was vulnerable from the beginning and the CT GOP played this all wrong; hopefully, state central(i.e. Jodi) won't be dumb enough to put up O'Connor - he won't fly if Joe takes the Dem line and I doubt he would win in a three way by default either.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'll see Alan on the YES network when they show the Boston/New York Party Poker challenge during a Yankee rainout

Anonymous said...

LMAO the lobbyist for the Mohegans ( a republican) and some operatives of both parties had the info on AS...thats why months before the Rep convention she didnt want AS...

the other day Gallo etc met with AS to bury the hatchet...and then an operative tipped off the press to more info...

There will be more out..in good time

BRubenstein said...

anon...i doubt he will be on the poker circuit...how can a "card counter" like him lose...everytime i count cards in Fowoods i win..

bluecoat said...

and how do I know the CT GOP dumbed down the US Senate race - because there are Republican US Senators like Hagel, Snowe, Lugar Collins, Spector, Chafee and even John "Hawk" Warner who are tougher on Bush about Iraq - and even counterterrorism - than complacent Joe; Gallo/Rell haven't the slightest idea how to field a candidate that a mojority of CT voters would vote to represent them in DC. And has anybody noticed that Shays has been bitching about the national GOP strategy to wrap themselves in the flag and religion?

bluecoat said...

if Rell and Gallo, or any delegate to the convention really, knew about the lawsuits - not the card counting and the Wampum card - and remained quiet; well, then I guess we're just back to the same old Johhnny culture arent't we? or it never went away?

disgruntled_republican said...

bluecoat-

If I knew this info at the Convention, I would have stood up and opposed his nomination 100%...note, thats, oppose him, not run against him...just so Im clear.

The True Gentleman said...

This is a serious problem for the Republican Party's hopes to steal this Senate seat. At the start of this campaign, Mr. Schlesinger needed better name recoginition to win this race. He is getting that name recognition now, but unfortunately it is turning members of his own party against him. Senator Lieberman and Mr. Lamont surely are enjoying this because this three-way race is quickly becoming a two-way race.

And put to rest the Kevin O'Connor for U.S. Senate theories, he will not be a candidate...

bluecoat said...

and sorry I forgot the biggie: Joe's buddy McCain who is rather popular in CT has been declaring no confidence in Rummy for at least two years now...Joe was always beatable by an honest Republican, not AS who taking any position that Joe or Ned hadn't so he could beat try to beat the odds - something apparently he's not real good at,.

Anonymous said...

If Alan's goal with all this is to raise name ID--just look at yesterday's poll. He's gained 3 points in overall ID, unfortunately they were all UNFAVORABLE impressions. He succeeded in doubling his negatives. Woo hoo.

Anonymous said...

Yep, Alan's almost as unpopular now as John DeStefano, who is close to upside down in overall popularity without a single negative ad coming his way

bluecoat said...

DG: I am sure that is the case and I guess it remains to be seen if your trust was betrayed and who might have done it; this campaign really is salvageable if Ned gets the Dem nod aginst Joe in the primary or if Joe bails as some predict but I would not rely on the demonstrated poor judgement of Jodi or Gallo to find a candidate that can win (not steal there TG - but stealing is a tactic to get a base or two but not usually enough to win a game) in November. Gallo and Jodi are all about the Governor's race and making sure nothing upsets that apple cart - it's the amateur hour thing.

Anonymous said...

Assumed name, sued for gambling losses, a pretty poor card counter, what's next, hiring a hooker as a date to an inaugural ball? Oh wait, that is next...

Anonymous said...

I always told Alan, hit on a 12 against a 2. In the long run, it pays off.

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat:

Gallo is nowhere near the Governor's race. He can't even get in the same room although he will attept to take credit for a Victory.

GMR said...

Does Schlesinger really think he has any chance in this election?

Of course, with $20,000 in gambling debts in NJ plus large losses in CT, making judgements about his chances of winning doesn't appear to be this guy's strong suit.

bluecoat said...

GMR: he eventually paid for his losses/markers with interest - as he says in the article he was just waiting for some winnings to come in to cover the losses. And anon:2:42 my point on Gallo is that he's hanging onto the myth that Jodi will have coattails on election day - she will have none in Fairfield County; the candidiates will have to sell their own program and it can't be what state central is marketing if a win is the objective.

Anonymous said...

bluecoat... back redefining "fiscal responsibility" I see.

I know Howard Baker described Reaganomics as a "riverboat gamble" but I do not recall anyone serving the US Treasury with papers claiming they were stiffed on their T bill interest while we waited for the supply side to kick in

bluecoat said...

nice spin anon: my comment on the GOP gambler from Derby - or is it woodbridge? - showed that he saw the casino as his personal bank - not even able accepting personal repsonsibility for his actions.

bluecoat said...

and moving forward in Stamford to put more traffic on the roads - or parking lot of I-95 to be more accuarate on a Friday afternoon - is Mediator to settle RBS land dispute thanks Jodi! and thanks to Dan, too!

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me why a 17 year old paid off debt with interest is such a big deal. Maybe only for the press and bloggers? I guess everyone who has commented has a perfect past with no gambling and no debts and no problems. Did anyone ever think that Schlesinger is just a regular guy who has had his ups as well as downs. Does anyone have a problem with his record, or just his personal life?

disgruntled_republican said...

Anon 823 -

Sure we all have our ups and downs in life...but we arent all running for US Senate. I like Alan, which you would know if you actually read the main post that I authored, but he is now un-electable. Sad but true.

Anonymous said...

the problem is folks like Rell and Gallo needed to find out about this from Alan, not the Courant

If he won't square with them, we all have to assume more shoes will drop. Did he ever owe money to Tony Soprano?

bluecoat said...

DG: I don't consider the debts to the Jersey casinos to be an up and down - it was an attitude. The jersey casinos only sue as a last resort and Schlesinger ended up paying in full - it wasn't a legitimate "dipsute" as schlesinger is pushing it off as. And as I pointed out before Shays wasn't going to vote for him anyway. The GOP needs a candidate that Shays, Simmons and Johnson want to be in DC with them.

bluecoat said...

Gallo says that he vetted Schlesinger; the lawsuits are a matter of public record - i am not sure how long this stuff stays on the TRW but it's usually for a while; and didn't gallo ask AS if he had any skeletons - every politician does; it's all about handling it up front although I am not sure this could have been handled because AS is wesling on his explanation to anybody that has half a sense of this stuff.

Anonymous said...

Doing a out-of-state judgment search is a heavy lift. Gallo probably had the CT dockets checked and they came back clean

Anonymous said...

I would vote for Schlesinger over pretty Boy Lamont anyday.

A guy who uses his wife as an excuse so he doesnt have to reveal his Income tax Information He is hiding something.

Another brilliant idea courtesy of Ned Lamont, Tom Swan and The Dummies for America Group.

At least Schlesinger has courage and conviction to admit he made a mistake while Lamont just keeps making excuses and has Tom Swan lie for him to the media.

Anonymous said...

Alan Schlesinger has more respect from me than Ned Lamont ever will.

To be honest and direct with the public is the right thing to do and I commend The Former Mayor of Derby and State Representative for being that way

I commend Joe Lieberman for sticking to his guns and standing behind what he feels is the right thing to do.

As for Ned Lamont You are NOT doing the right thing by hiding your income tax information prior to 2005.What is Ned hiding and the claim it has to do with his wife business and not wanting to release her partners info is a sham.

Ned simply wants to be a liar,crook and thug and anyone associated with his lie and deceit campaign is in that category too.

As a true Democrat I am supporting the endorsed Candidate in the Primary Joe Lieberman. You Liberals can have Left Said Ned, Tom Swan and The DFA Goons.

bluecoat said...

Not that I care to see them but I didn't know that Schlesinger released his tax return for 2005 to the public like Lamont did.

Anonymous said...

Blue, he's waiting to get them back from his card dealer...no bookie, oops, accountant