The viability of Schlesinger's candidacy was called into question Wednesday when Bradley Beecher, a retired Connecticut State Police officer whose last assignment was as commander of the Casino and Licensing Unit, forwarded to reporters copies of e-mails he had exchanged with Schlesinger and Rell.
Beecher, in his e-mail to the governor, said he was "able to document a long history of improper relationships between Connecticut Republicans and Connecticut casinos" and described Schlesinger's candidacy as "a train wreck in progress."
He said Scheslinger had called him and said he plays blackjack in casinos under phony names because, apart from using the pseudonyms to take advantage of "comped" items like free rooms and meals, "he is a card counter and wants to avoid detection."
Beecher, who after retiring from the state police worked as an investigator for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission before the tribe eliminated his position in 2004, wrote that Schlesinger "is no longer permitted" at Mohegan Sun because of his card counting.
He also said Schlesinger had volunteered that he lost "at least $50,000" at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
"I have no idea what he's talking about," Schlesinger added. "I rarely go to casinos anymore because I don't have the time. The last time I went was before I ran for office to meet a friend from Florida on vacation in Las Vegas. I've not been dying to go to a casino. Last year, there were maybe three or four times I went to a casino."(Michak)
Make of it what you will. There is/was supposed to be some sort of press conference involving Schlesinger today--we'll let you know more as we find it out.
Michak, Don. "GOP Senate nominee says he won't quit race." Journal-Inquirer 13 July, 2006.