Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kevin Rennie: Lamont mostly carping about Sen. Joseph Lieberman

Rennie, in Sunday's Courant, raises points about the "the man who seemed a fresh force in the spring is starting to look like a contrivance as the fall begins". Contrived? Lamont? No kidding.

There's much to wonder about a guy who couldn't hack reading resolutions when he was on the Greenwich DTC, but Rennie goes down a different path:
In his cable business, however, Lamont has not been so eager for union attention. At one conclave, Lamont gave the cold shoulder to Bill Henderson, president of Communications Workers of CT Local 1298, when Henderson had the temerity to suggest to the cable executive that he ought to let the union into Lamont Digital.


Rennie goes on to delve into the Ann Lamont investment messes, which frankly I'm not sure mean much except the one that he doesn't mention, where somehow, really, no coincidence here, Ann's fund invested in a cousin of Bush. Maybe Ann will attend the George Bush fundraiser hosted by L. Scott Frantz in Greenwich.
As the staunchest of staunch Republicans, Frantz did something unusual in 1990; he contributed to the state Senate campaign of a Democrat. The fiscally conservative Democrat was little known outside of Greenwich then, but he had the same type of entrepreneurial background and Ivy League pedigree as Frantz.

His name? Ned Lamont.

"Frankly, we've been pretty good friends," Lamont said. "I respect him. I like him. But I've still got to work on him on the political front. Maybe he'll do a fundraiser for me and show his true bipartisanship - reaching across the aisle."





The Hartford Courant, Getting A Line On Lamont by Kevin Rennie, Sept. 24, 2006
The Hartford Courant, Bush Enters On Cat Feet by CHRISTOPHER KEATING, Sept. 24, 2006

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

DO you even understand what you wrote?

We get it, you don't like Lamont, please stop repeating the same thing over and over.

Also, how on earth does the investment of money by a VC firm where Ned Lamont's wife is a partner in a company where George Bush's cousin is an executive mean anything at all? Thats what VCs do! I heard once Ned Lamont had lunch with the brother of a classmate of George Bush's second cousin, by marriage, on his mother's side! You should write an inane post about it!

Anonymous said...

Bill Henderson, president of Communications Workers of CT Local 1298 has watched his union membership cut in half because of Nafta, Cafta and Liebermans support of those trade agreements and his support,in the form of tax cuts, for moving jobs overseas.This will be the last election season he represents anyone.

The rest of this diary is typical Turfgirl Bulls*#t unworthy of Comment.

Bobby McGee said...

Ned Lamont: Far-left, anti-war, anti-union, communist, terrorist, flaming liberal who votes with Republicans 80% of the time.

Anonymous said...

think Lamont Digital doesn;t buy their stuff from foreign sweatshops?

Anonymous said...

Foreign sweatshops lay digital cable in college campuses in America? I think probably not...

Anonymous said...

his digital equipment is all U.S, made...right...I suspect Wal Mart has more domestically produced stuff

Gabe said...

Bobby, please don't peek behind the curtain...

Anonymous said...

I continue to be amazed that this site chooses to give a forum to Trrfgrl.

Genghis - its your site, I can understand wanting to give a forum to someone with a viewpoint different than your own, but you can do far better. Just look at the responses to this post - trrgrl is a running joke.

MikeCT said...

Henderson had the temerity to suggest to the cable executive that he ought to let the union into Lamont Digital.

And at the time of this oooold story, Lamont's campaign pointed out that workers at his company have never tried to be part of a union. Yawn.

As usual, turf is grasping at whatever straws fly past her.

More comical is Rennie's shock (SHOCK!) that Lamont has international investments (as do 99% of diversified portfolios... ask any investment advisor worth his/her salt). Rennie somehow thinks this investment contributes to shipping American jobs overseas. If anyone can make that causal connection, you must be smarter than me.

I think Rennie may be the best political columnist in CT - even if I often don't agree with him. But this column was a substance-free hack job.

Anonymous said...

Unions are losing a lot of credibility and are no longer a force in politics.

Blue Turned Red said...

I guess I'm one of those "turn coats" Ned talks about. Once was a diehard Dem, but I've had it with the far left wing liberals and all their nonsense. Sorry, I just don't share thier liberal guilt, and if that makes me a Republican, then so be it. I never thought I'd be saying this but here I am.....

Anonymous said...

By the way,

The average "cable puller' in Lamonts employ made over 60K a yr with full health benefits while half of those misrepresented by Bill Henderson saw their jobs shipped overseas.

I'm sure Bill Henderson will recieve a great retirement package for selling out the people he is suppose to be representing.I even heard him bragging he's taken 5 points off his golf handicap in recent years.Guess who paid those greens fees?

GMR said...

Unions are losing a lot of credibility and are no longer a force in politics.

While membership in unions has been declining for the past few decades, unions have actually become more powerful in local governments. Many more local government workers are unionized now than in the past.

There are other pockets. The auto industry in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as well as Ontario is still heavily unionized. And a lot of the restaurant and casino workers in Nevada are unionized. This was one reason why the Democrats moved the Nevada primary up in front of New Hampshire's. (Well, that's one theory, but Harry Reid probably had a lot to do with that as well).

Anonymous said...

Ugh. The new CLP landscape. A Republican poses as a "moderate" just so they can up hit pieces like this, --from a Republican posing as a reporter.

Brian said...

This article has the intellectual value of John Madden trying to explain what playing good fall is about on Sunday. If one of his main arguments against disliking Lamont is based on the premise of him not releasing his tax returns then he's just beating a dead horse to the ground. Nobody should waste thier time again reading his polarized bullshit.

Anonymous said...

since Lamont Digital is reported to have downsized by 70% the average cable puller Ned employed got fired.

He is still pulling down a $546K salary and has a million dollars a year to spend on his art hobby

Would a union have equalized this..who knows, it wasn't tried

Bobby McGee said...

anon- Do you have a single fact to back up any of your claims about Lamont Digital?

turfgrrl said...

I see the same IP keeps posting under anonymous. Do you guys all sit in a room together, or is it just one person posting over and over?

Anonymous said...

Turfy,

Must you even lie about IP adresses.This makes my 3rd post as anon in this thread and I promise the other anons ain't in bed with me.

bluecoat said...

I always thought it was Republicans that didn't like Rennie's work;and from today's NYT Metro Section:Antiwar Democrat in Connecticut Adds Planks to Platform

Anonymous said...

Bluecoat, actually, nobody likes Rennie.

But that's ok, because he is so in love with himself that he doesn't need anybody else.

But, you are right on one point. Yesterday he beat up Lamont and now the liberals are all upset. A few weeks ago he beat up a Republican and the liberals cheered while the Republicans all got upset.

I guess one could argue that if everyone is angry then he is doing his job. Personally, I think his stuff belongs in the Nat'l. Enquirer.

And, for the record, he was a lousy state senator.

bluecoat said...

I knew Rennie was a state senator; and aren't they all pretty lousy?

Anonymous said...

The concluding lines of Bluecoat’s recommended reading:““I don’t know why in politics it is a high crime and misdemeanor to change your mind,” he (Lamont) said recently, repeating a line that has popped up with more frequency in his talks lately. “In business, you look at the facts and if you have to change, you do.”

Right. In business a CEO may, with impunity, do what ever he likes. And if the business is driven out of business – well then, he can just change his mind. This is what passes for “pragmatism” in out politics.