From Hotline (thanks to ctblogger for pointing it out first:
Expect calls for Connecticut Republican United States Senate nominee Alan Schlesinger to abandon his race to begin in the next several days. Questions are being raised about the former state representative’s gambling habits that have Republicans sounding rattled.
The most serious trouble for Schlesinger, however, comes from Republican state chairman George Gallo, who told me this afternoon that the gambling questions raise “a lot of questions which Mr. Schlesinger is going to have to answer in the next couple of days.” Gallo, who is close to Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell, said, “Our mistake is that we only vetted candidates using their real names.”
Schlesinger isn't the strongest candidate to begin with, so this might be a way for Republicans to ditch him without looking like opportunists should Lamont win the primary.
Schlesinger's campaign manager came on the Bruce and Colin show this afternoon to say that Schlesinger won't be dropping out, but if the GOP wants him gone, what choice does he have?
The only problem is who would replace him. There are exactly zero high-profile Republicans in Connecticut who aren't running for something else. If Schlesinger got out, would Urban be the nominee? Republicans don't like her, but independents might. She may even have a better chance to split Lamont and Lieberman down the middle.