This summer a group of bloggers had a sit-down with Dan Malloy at a coffee shop in Middletown. After the meeting I was in line for a refill when I heard one barista ask her co-worker who this Dan Malloy person was and if he was running for office.
Fast forward to Saturday morning. Genghis and I sat down with Alan Schlesinger at that same coffee shop. After the interview I found myself standing in the same spot, listening to the couple next to me talk about Alan Schlesinger being there and how well he'd done at the debates. They weren't the only ones. Schlesinger told me that the biggest change since the debates is that everyone knows who he is now, and they know he's running against Ned Lamont and Joe Lieberman.
Expect to see our feature on Schlesinger tomorrow or the next day, after the Senate debate. He has a real fire in his belly and some ideas, especially about Social Security, that are worth considering. He and I don't agree on much politically, but having a Republican in the mix does force Joe and Ned to take positions on issues that they otherwise might not have to bother with.
Tonight is the third and final Senate debate. It will be broadcast live at 8PM on Channel 8 and moderated by George Stephanopoulos. CTLP will be there to provide comprehensive debate coverage.
Feel free to post all debate speculation and predictions here.