Thursday, August 17, 2006

NRSC "Favors" Lieberman Win

Joe Lieberman is favored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee:
This morning, a source at the National Republican Senatorial Committee confirmed in a phone interview that the party will not help Schlesinger or any other potential Republican candidate in Connecticut, and it now favors a Lieberman victory in November.

"We did a poll and there is no way any Republican we put out there can win, so we are just going to leave that one alone," said the NRSC source.

Instead, the NRSC is pulling for Lieberman over Ned Lamont, who rode an anti-war message to a victory in the Aug 8 primary.

I have to wonder whether all the support Lieberman is getting from Republicans will come back to bite him, especially if independents are in an anti-Republican mood in November.

27 comments:

Gabe said...

I find it hard to believe that they have poll that says that Kevin O'Connor had no chance of winning a three way race...

BRubenstein said...

Gabe...saving your pennies for my lunch? O'Connor has a great job and alot of political independance..he isnt going to leave that for a risky run in which the outcome is in doubt.

Anonymous said...

Listen, this is no surprise; nor is it evidence of a "deal" or a "conspiracy" between Lieberman and the Republicans. This is called playing the cards you're dealt.

Due to his lack of name recognition, lack of financial support and the issues surrounding his gambling, Schlesinger's campaign was on life support even before the Democrat primary. It now appears that the winner of this race will be either Lieberman or Lamont. As a voter, if you know Schlesinger has no chance to win, and you have a preference between the other two candidates, doesn't it make sense to vote for one of the other two? I think that is just common sense. As a voter I want to make sure my vote counts. That is why the Rs that I know are voting for Lieberman, as he is seen as the lessor of two evils. Think back to the 2000 Presidential race - do you think the people who voted for Nader (most of whom would have voted for Gore) would like to do it all over again?

Rest assured, if some miracle happens and Schlesinger vaults in the polls to within striking distance, you will see the Rs in DC change their tune fast (just like the Ds switched from Joe to Ned in an instant). They don't see that happening, nor do they see AS getting out of the race. Even if he did, does anyone really think their is an R candidate that could make a serious run at this? Probably not.

Anonymous said...

Gabe - How does O'Connor (or any other candidate for that matter) raise $3-5 million in the next 30 days? Unlike Ned, he can't simply write a check from his daddy's or wife's check book.

Genghis Conn said...

Cue the guy who says "ORCHULLI!!!"...

Anonymous said...

Please please keep this guy Schlesinger in the race. He will only go back to Derby as its finance manager and along with Phil Robertson ( another dinosaur) undue whatever good the Republican administration has started. Alan destroyed education in that town and now we find out he was at the casino most of the time.

CTKnows said...

No wonder there are a few more shoes/heels to drop on poor Alan. I'm a bit perplexed that Gov Rell and George G would not have vetted their candidate better and for them to deny that he is is their candidate. Jodi without much effort could have blocked his nomination at the convention.

Anonymous said...

ORCHULLI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluecoat said...

I guess I didn't post the link the other day but Orchulli was quoted as saying he'd jump in; I can't gauge his appeal.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

ROTFL!

GC, you don't drop many zingers, but every so often ...

Anonymous said...

Message to Lamont...

In the last 3 weeks you went from 13 points up to 12 points down..

Your campaign manager made a very intemperate statement about Waterbury. While up 13 points your staff brought in very controversial figures ( jackson,sharpton and waters) when softer folks would have been better..

Your staff filed wrong and incorrect forms and were fined and admonished by the FEC...your staff has no experience....Lowell Weicker is heading your " Independants for Lamont" even when confronted with the Q Poll evidence that Weicker's approval rating among independant's is 27%..

Right now you have about 2/3 of the Democrats and a small slice of the independants while Joe has 1/3 of the Democrats and 3/4 of the independants..

To have any shot in the race you need to revamp your staff and outside advisors from the top down and headline " centrist and more moderate issues" and actually believe in those issues...

Anonymous said...

Anon. 12:54 - I believe Gallo admitted publicly that he vetted Alan Schlesinger, but not Alan Gold.

Anon. 12:57 - Go back to your job at Republican HQ and try to get something productive done.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anon. 12:57 - Go back to your job at Republican HQ and try to get something productive done.

Take my word for it - whoever that is, isn't at 1010.

Gabe said...

Anon 1246 - Money is another matter... What they said was that they polled and there was no Republican who had a chance. Thats where my comment came from.

The True Gentleman said...

As a Kevin O'Connor supporter, I echo BRubenstein's comment.

Anonymous said...

Will AS be on the ballot as Alan Schlesinger or ALan Gold? Is there any truth to the rumor that voting is also being done by wampum card?

Anonymous said...

Gabe, Anon. 12:46 here. Good point. I did not read the article as closely as you did. I wonder who the RNSC put in the poll (I am an active R and have not even heard of a poll being conducted).

That being said, other than Rell or Simmons, Shays & Johnson, there is no Republican with any significant statewide name recognition. As a result, no one would show well in an early poll. Just as Ned did not show well early in his race. Maybe that's the answer the NRSC wanted....

BrassBoy said...

Yes, let's paint the whole CT Republican party with one brsuh because of some "alleged" prostitution problem. That's logical.

So I guess we can thank CT Dems for briging us the nice little story of cocaine use while in office and commend them for being spineless and not pulling back any support from Fabrizi?

I don't even know why I respond to these posts...

Gabe said...

Anon 1246/151 - I am with you. Except for the four who are running for something right now and KOC whohas a better job as it is (especially if he wants to be a judge), there is no one jumping off my mind.

That said, I agree that I think the NRSC probably put a poll in the field to get the result they wanted and then happily got that result...

Anonymous said...

GC: Are we screaning anything? AS admitted to the gambling, but I have not seen any facts to support some of these other scurrilous allegations. Let's be a little fair here.

Anonymous said...

Gaberooni, will you be taking O'connor's class at UCONN law this semester? Perhaps you could pose the question then?

Anonymous said...

Message to Joe Lieberman:

Senator, I just received a lovely piece on you from the US Chamber of Commerce. It is encouraging me to vote on August 8th.

The problem is, I just checked my calendar and found out that it's August 16th.

I would have remembered to vote for you had it arrived in time.

Anonymous said...

ACR,

You think Fat and Stupid were consulted on this or did Rove just figure they were Fat and Stupid and weren't worth consulting after he talked to Rowland?

ctblogger said...

Anon 2:32.

Fat and stupid...who are you John Rowland?

Moodswing said...

Thanks. (robble robble)

Hopewellian_Magi said...

Anon 1:05
In the last 3 weeks [Lamont] went from 13 points up to 12 points down..

Lamont rose 14 pts overall in that poll. You are confusing polls. Lieberman lost Democratic support, Independent support and Lamont actually got some Republican support.

Lamont is down 12 pts with 11 weeks to go. Coming from behind is his specialty.

If I was Lieberman, I'd be very worried. He only gained 2 pts overall and that was after Schlessinger lost 5 pts. Lieberman has peaked.

Lamont has started this week very well with appearances on a couple Sunday talk shows, and excellent op ed in the WAll Street Journal, and subsequent appearances on CNN and MSNBC.

As we saw in the primary, as more people saw Lamont they liked him. The more people saw Lieberman the less the liked him.

Lamont needs to integrate his business career in his stump speech. He started doing that during the primary, but needs to expand. He also needs to write op eds in CT papers to reach those who don't read the WSJ. The op eds allow Lamont to flesh out his position on issues on his terms.

The 12 pt Lieberman lead in the general election poll is surmountable by Lamont, who already overcame a 55 pt Lieberman lead in the Demorcratic primary.

brickbat said...

Any vote a Republican candidate gets comes from Joe Lieberman.

In the meantime, Ned Lamont will continue to gain support from independents who (a) oppose the war, and (b) see the Cheney fear mongering and Waterbury Rep-American commie-baiting as not resembling what they see and hear when Lamont speaks.

Goodbye Joe.