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