Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Rell, Gallo Urge Schlesinger to Reconsider Candidacy

This is starting to get really interesting. I really am not sure how much longer Schlesinger can stay in the race following this:
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and GOP State Chairman George Gallo publicly urged fellow Republican Alan Schlesinger to reconsider his candidacy for U.S. Senate after learning Wednesday that he gambled at the Foxwoods Resorts Casino under an assumed name while an elected official in the 1990s.
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Schlesinger said he did nothing wrong, other than try to keep his name off Foxwoods' marketing list. But Rell and Gallo said his behavior was troubling, signaling that Schlesinger will face pressure to quit the race.

"Gov. Rell is disturbed by this new information and believes that Alan Schlesinger should seriously consider whether he should go forward with his campaign," said Judd Everhart, a spokesman for Rell.

"I share the governor's concern about Alan Schlesinger, and I will be meeting with him within the next day to discuss his U.S. Senate bid," Gallo said.(Pazniokas)

He's done. If the two leaders of his party in this state have lost faith in him, then he really can't make a credible run. He can either stay in and hurt the party's best chance at a Senate seat in years this November, or give way to another candidate. Gallo will probably try to convince him that he ought to gracefully step aside. He probably will.

The sad thing is that Schlesinger's offense doesn't seem all that bad. So he was a card counter. So he played blackjack. Big deal. Card counting isn't illegal, and from his account he wasn't even very good at it. But the Republicans desperately want to run the best candidate they can to capitalize on discontent within the Democratic Party, so Schlesinger, who now has just a whiff of impropriety about him, has to go.

So what's the next move for the GOP? Who will replace Schlesinger, who wasn't the best of candidates on a good day, on the ballot? Will any high-profile Republicans even want to risk it?

Source

Pazniokas, Mark. "Rell Urges Schlesinger To Reconsider Candidacy." Hartford Courant 12 July, 2006.

48 comments:

Chris MC said...

ACR, I'll of course defer to you, but I say he's gotta be cooked.

Sean said...

Genghis-

I disagree with you and I think many people will agree with me. Schlesinger's so-called infraction is minor at best. Schlesinger should definitely stay in the race. I don't know if Gov. Rell fully understands what is going on.

'She continues to support her chief of staff Lisa Moody, who evidently lied at a legislative hearing, yet disparages Schlesinger for trying to stay off Foxwood's marketing list. Unlike Rell's chief of staff, who violated the law, what Schlesinger did was completely legal and quite rational, a simple measure prevent Foxwoods from having too much of his personal information.' - (from my blog)

Plus, who is going to run? Schlesinger was a fine candidate- not a great one, but much better than Streitz. Republicans don't have many other options. Rell needs to get her own house in order before criticizing others for worthless trangressions.

Genghis Conn said...

Sean,

As I said, it is kind of a small thing, and your comparison to the Moody affair is very apt.

But Rell and Gallo want him out, so I think he'll be persuaded to go. You'll probably hate the idea, but someone like Diana Urban might not be such a bad choice.

Anonymous said...

Urban will never win. If they put her forward, it will be b/c Joe cut a deal with Simmons, Shays and Johnson.

All Urban will do is guarantee all the Congressional incumbents win. And she helps Lieberman, big time.

If Republicans really want to win this seat, they will put forward someone who can hold their base.

Chris MC said...

Of course, reading his statements in the Courant, maybe he'll stay in.

Then Rell and Gallo could back Urban.

What fun!

Sean said...

Genghis-

If Schlesinger ends up dropping out, I will give you alot of credit for your political clairvoyance.

I can't imagine Urban being actually chosen as the Republican nominee. This Quinnipiac poll (http://tinyurl.com/oquy8) shows that 65% of Republicans still think that going to war was the right choice. I don't think CT Republicans are willing to embrace an anti-war candidate.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

I said it months ago...I bet we hear rumors of a Kevin O'Connor candidacy this week. If they are bringing in a DH, I'd imagine it's going to be someone who can hit.

mod.dem.like.jfk said...

How do Connecticut Republican's spell place holder? SCHLESINGER.

I said this was going to happen months ago. Gallo saw this coming all along and probably had a plan in place to capitalize.Expect rumors of a Kevin O'Connor candidacy begining this week. If they are going to bring in a DH, my money is going to be on someone who can hit.

Anonymous said...

at least the Ill. GOP had a guy who wanted to take his hottie actress wife to sex clubs when this sorta thing broke for them in 2004.

Bu this is CT, where gambling undercover is now worse than snortin coke undercover...for Republicans at least

Anonymous said...

How about Rell herself? If the Dems implode on primary day, she could waltz into the best political job there is: 6 year term, great benefits, staff, and none of those pesky running-the-state responsibilities that seem to trip her up.

Anonymous said...

Rell & Gallo should do a better job recruiting candidates for their party. Just look at their pick from Waterbury like Sammy Caligari. His ties to Rowland and ethics problems (discounted concert seats) are another issue that will explode in their face. Funny that Gallo was an old Rowland campaign manager and former executive director when DePino and Rowland were running up their party’s credit cards and Rell picked him to run the party. Some things never change.

Anonymous said...

Maybe ACR can suggest Republicans run some other washed-up, has-been pol from days of yore. WHy run someone good when you can run the chewed-up GOP excrement from the greater southington/chesire/waterbury area, right?

Anonymous said...

Schlesinger's goose is cooked. Gallo and Rell have been looking for a reason, any reason, to get him out and here it is. The real shame for Alan is that when was asked "is there anything in your past that could come up and cause yourself or the governor embarassment," he fell into the classic politician's rationale..."no one will find out about that." If he had been able to stay above-board for a little longer, he probably could have wrangled a pretty good consilation prize for stepping aside...now he get's nothing, he loses, good day sir.

BrassBoy said...

Oh please... "Sammy" Caligiuri might be one of the most decent and honest people in all of CT politics today, probably honest to a fault. He never has been accused or charged with any wrong doing, and the fact that his detractors continually bring up this laughable concert ticket story is proof that they have no criticisms of him that have any substance.

Do a better job recruiting? If the definition of exploding in someone's face is a decisive win in the November election, then I say light the fuse.

Tony Saprano said...

Rell & Gallo made another great pick with the 9th Senate guy Ralph Capenera. His family was one of the Trash Hauler King Pins in Connecticut. Rell & Gallo even gave this clown the spotlight at the State convention and he through in some stupid line about Italians. Who's his campaign manager Paulie Walnuts? Just another GOP loser ready to get smoked.

The Architect said...

Sounds like someone has a thing against Italians.

The Chief said...

Its shameful that the Governor's office is so desperate to defend Lisa Moody that they will throw Alan under their bus. Once the 3 way race scenario that Alan has been talking about for months actually materialized, the Party Elders have panicked. No wonder the GOP in this state is so weak.

turfgrrl said...

Schlesinger will fight this till August 9th, when the RNC will know if they can pick up a Senate seat with a switch here.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Sean 12:17 AM, July 13, 2006


Doesn't matter if you're right.

There's right, wrong and reality.

The reality is Jodi's Governor and I doubt Alan (who I like) will survive this.

Genghis Conn said...

ACR,

I think that's exactly the case.

The True Gentleman said...

Alan Schlesinger (whom I happen to know) is a good man. He shouldn't be thrown under the bus for legally gambling at a casino.

I have to assume, however, that both Governor Rell and Chairman Gallo have a contingency plan in place, and I doubt that it includes Diana Urban. While I would be proud to call Alan Schlesinger, Senator, I definitely have no problem calling someone like Kevin O'Connor, Senator, as well. Just when I thought this race couldn't get any more interesting...

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

Boughton is real.
Sam is contrived, and may not even win the state senate seat.
Tim Stewart would be good.
We wil hear more from McKinney and Aniskovich, and definitely Kevin O'C.

But there's a larger point here, and Dean Pagani hit it on the head yesterday in his Media Attache, which this blog has a link to if you scroll down. It's on the right.

His point: Contrary to popular belief, the GOP has a bench. The problem is they're shrinking violets.

My point: Dean's right. There is an army of decent GOP talent that is way too content to getting re-elected to their state House and Senate seats. (Stewart and Boughton and Bingham deserve extra credit for actually running cities; not just legislative re-election campaigns.)

But until more of this bench gets in the game, the GOP names you keep reading about will be Dick Foley, who doesn't know the word quit.

Shays, Johnson and Simmons had better do something to rescue the party. They've built their own organizations and have won with them in the past. (This is not a challenge to debate the 06 races. Just an indicator of past success that they've built independently of the party.)

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping Schlesinger will stay in the race and help make gambling--our new state and national sickness--a major campaign issue. Example: the U.S. Senate just passed a bill banning Internet poker run by private offshore companies but in the process had nothing to say about state-run or state-sanctioned (Native American) operations that soon may be operating games online. In other words, the only moral weakness they'll tolerate is the kind they and their cronies can wallow in, too. Maybe the Senate needs a small-time card counter to lend authenticity to future debates.

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping Schlesinger will stay in the race and help make gambling--our new state and national sickness--a major campaign issue. Example: the U.S. Senate just passed a bill banning Internet poker run by private offshore companies but in the process had nothing to say about state-run or state-sanctioned (Native American) operations that soon may be operating games online. In other words, the only moral weakness they'll tolerate is the kind they and their cronies can wallow in, too. Maybe the Senate needs a small-time card counter to lend authenticity to future debates.

BrassBoy said...

AnonAndOnAndOn,

If the Dems had gone with a stronger candidate in the 16th, Mazurek or otherwise, I agree, Mr. Caligiuri would have much tougher time. But I just don't see the his current opponent as being strong enough to win that seat.

I don't see him making a dent in Waterbury or Wolcott, which means he'll have to win HUGE in Southington in order to defeat Sam Caligiuri, and all indications have Mr. Caligiuri off to a fast start.

capecodder said...

Hey do any of you know who Alan really is? I live in the town that he was Mayor of. Let me tell you that he ruined education with his "fiscal responsibility" which we will probably never recover from. He attempted to help a buddy who had connections with health insurance plan for the city. He was also a stockholder in that company and in the process shafted municipal employees. He nickels and dimes every businessman he ever met. He drives a Jag and leaves his coat open at parties so you can see his designer label. The man is a fraud with a massive ego. Good riddance--just dont send him back to us. In light of this gambling thing maybe he can go back to the shadows.

No Foley for me thanks... said...

AnonAndOnAndOn said... "
Dick Foley, who doesn't know the word quit.
"

There are many words Dick doesn't know.

Honesty
Integrity

He does however know the word "snake".

capecodder said...

Incidentally Foley is on Schlesingers staff. I also hear that the Senate continually unleashes him on unsuspecting novice candidates. Not a bad gig.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Chris MC said... "
ACR, I'll of course defer to you, but I say he's gotta be cooked.
"

Thanks but too many on state central have a clue who I am, thus this would be a good time to keep my mouth shut a little more than I normally do.

I have a very strong opinion as to what we should do, but I'm not sure all the parties involved would go along.

Anonymous said...

capecodder said... "
Incidentally Foley is on Schlesingers staff. I also hear that the Senate continually unleashes him on unsuspecting novice candidates"

I know of no easier way to make sure Jodi doesn't show up at your functions, and avoids you like the plague than to retain Foley.

The house republicans loathe him.

His track record is dismal; he sucks money out of already too short campaign budgets for his retainer and does little or nothing for it of any value.

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

Not defending Foley, and I brought him up because he IS on the AS campaign: But the fact is that he's still in there swinging, and the vacuum of leadership in the GOP lets him loom larger than he should.

Jim said...

BrassBoy,

I wouldn't underestimate the organization of the Southington Democrats. In Chris Murphy's short time in Southington (but let's leave your hatred for him out of this), the Southington Dems have become extremely organized and a formidable group. While I think John Barry or Zeke Zalaski would have had the seat locked up, Zoni and Caligiuri will have a tough race.

Ultimately, I think the same organization that swept the 2005 Southington municipals will deliver this election for Zoni. Just last year, more Democrats turned out in Southington for a municipal than ever in history. Provided Malloy wins this primary and Rell actually has a serious challenger, Democratic turnout will set more records.

CTKnows said...

While we're piling on Schlesinger (who has done nothing illegal)we can also blame him for Rowland.

It was a young Alan Schlesinger who was Rowland's main competitor back in 1983 for republican nomination for the 5th Congressional seat. Back in the day early pundits had Alan winning the nomination but he and his staff not up to the challenge and were soundly defeated. Rowland won the nod and the rest is history.

What if he had won, Rowland's carrer would have been drastically altered. Blame Rowland on Alan! LMAO

Anonymous said...

Blame Rowland on ALAN
Very funny. I was at a campaign event that year where Rowland and Schelisinger both showed up. Alan did not like his seat and he let everyone know. I knew then that he was a pain in the rear.

bluecoat said...

Didn't we pay for several employee rights violations committed against rank and file Troopers by this CSP Commander who blew the whistle on Schlesinger. And isn't this the Commander who got caught gambling in uniform in violation of his own order not to do so but got off because Spada said the rule only applied to rank and file? I could have the wrong guy...as for Schlesinger, I always thought the Republicans could do better so maybe this will be the time. Obviuolsly Jodi thinks Schlesinger's misdeeds are more hramful to her than Moody's...

Sean said...

Genghis-

There seem to be some complexities to this story beyond what the newspapers are reporting. To register for a wampum card, you need legal I.D., meaning that Schlesinger probably had a fake I.D. Illegal, yes, but not terrible. Pres. Bush's daughter had been caught with a fake I.D.- no jail time, minimal community service. Moody's incident is more serious. Also, there is the IRS layer of the story not reported by newspapers. To what extent did Schlesinger report his winnings to the IRS if at all? I still do not think he will be pressured out, but now I am less confident...

Genghis Conn said...

Sean,

I saw in an article that one doesn't have to report winnings under $10,000 to the IRS, so he may have never won that much.

But the illegal ID thing is interesting.

cgg said...

If nothing else at least we're talking about Republicans now. It's easy to forget that they were even running.

bluecoat said...

the illegal ID thing is very intersting since Schlesinger wants to send all the immigrants without legal ID back to their country....but I am not sure why anybody is surprised he is a gambler: every time he talked about his candididacy he spoke of beating the odds....

BrassBoy said...

Jim,

I don't really have a hatred of Mr. Murphy, so much as I am mystified by his supposed popularity. I've met him, seen him speak and live in his senate district. ANd the sum total of all of that has led to view him as an opportunistic liberal who got lucky when he faced Ann Dandrow in his inaugural state senate bid. Ann is a nice person but was not much of a campaigner.

As far as the Southington Dems, I certainly do not underestimate them, their track record as of late is impressive. But it will be hard to win the election based solely on carrying Southington. Unless Mr. Zoni makes some headway in Waterbury and Wolcott, he will have to have a huge plurality in Southington, which will not be easy, high Dem turnout or not.

Up to this point he has largely been invisible in Waterbury and Wolcott and word is he is getting little to no support from the Dem machine in either town. Not a good sign for his candidacy.

CTKnows said...

Heard Alan S. was having a press conf at 11 any reports?

Chris MC said...

I'd bet that Waterbury will support its own. If Wolcott supports Caliguri, and Southington performs well for Zoni, you have a very close race. That leaves the north end of Cheshire. That part of town can swing under the right circumstances. This is an interesting race.

Gio said...

Not that this means anything--But a caller to the Jim Vicevich show on WTIC suggested that Lieberman outed AS. Which makes some sense, takes the news away from Lamont, cripples the Republican alternative to Joe...

The True Gentleman said...

Gio, better that it come out now than on November 1st, agreed?

Chris MC said...

Heh. Did the caller say whether this outing took place in a parking lot outside an Irish pub in Stamford? ;-)

bluecoat said...

GOP Senate nominee says he won't quit race By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer 07/13/2006

Does Blumenthal abuse state treasury with outside lawyers? Plaintiff's lawyer says he does, but AG defends hiring as necessary By Alex Wood, Journal Inquirer 07/13/2006 andGood government or incumbent protection? AG's contracts restrict donations but won't be enforced this year
By Alex Wood, Journal Inquirer
07/13/2006

Anonymous said...

Nobody who is an admitted card counter, who is known and has been approached by casino officials and asked not to play a certain game, who has received rooms/meals on the house based on his level of play and size of bets, is a perennial loser. Wait til the IRS sinks there teeth in.

Genghis Conn said...

This new J-I article says he's lost 50K or so. You'd think they'd encourage him to keep going.