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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Tuesday Morning Round-Up
- The first quarter fundraising deadline is fast approaching, and the campaign is looking for a strong showing: 3,000 donors online before Friday at midnight. Follow the ActBlue numbers here.
- Ned sits down for an interview with the Journal-Inquirer, and skillfully throws the "single-issue" charge back in Lieberman's face:
"There's a sense that the war in Iraq has been a terrible distraction for our senator," he said, adding later that he believed Lieberman had been "all war" and lost touch with many Connecticut residents.
- The allegiances of the 69 delegates elected in New Haven aren't clear, according to the Yale Daily News:
The delegates will also vote on the party's endorsement in the primary race for U.S. senator, but no tally has been made of whether the delegates support challenger Ned Lamont or incumbent Joe Lieberman. Lamont's campaign manager, Tom Swan, said he was confident that Lamont will receive a fair number of votes from the New Haven delegation, but Susie Voigt, the chair of the town party, said she thought most of the delegates would be in support of Lieberman, who has had ties to the New Haven area for more than two decades.
- Finally, the Lieberman campaign - or someone claiming their identity - is apparently sending "labor-donated" letters to DTC members across the state in the hopes of stemming of a surprising strong showing at the convention by Lamont, according to this Daily Kos diary:
Clearly, this letter is a plea to beg all DTC members to meet with Joe to discuss, in person, some of the divisive issues that have driven us over to the Lamont camp....
It is your hard work, commitment, and dedication--along with the same from your fellow DTC members--that provides the solid foundation of our great Demoratic Party. Specifically, it is support from people like you that has allowed me to serve the State of Connecticut in the United States Senate, an honor and a responsibility that I cherish and take very seriously...
As I start my campaign for a fourth term, I welcome the opportunity to speak to you about my record, our State, our Democratic party and our future. I know already that some of you feel passionately against my position on Iraq. I respect your views, and while I know I won't change your mind, I hope we can still have a dialogue and find common ground on issues where we do agree.
...I do believe the Lamont factor is having an effect. I've never seen anything like this in all my years of living and voting in Connecticut. Joe finally is feeling the pressure, only it's too little too late!!
The author later speculates about more rumors that Joe might bolt the party:
My husband is on the phone right now with a Lamont delegate from Greenwich. They're trying to calculate the Lamont delegates and, I believe, from the phone conversation, that the numbers are looking very good for Ned. (Lamont needs somewhat over 200 delegates, BTW.) This may be what's got Lieberman supporters in a tizzy, and I think that's just fine.
The delegate is a Greenwich lawyer, who has it on good authority, that Lieberman is doing a fishing expedition to see what the support looks like. Right now it's about 65% Republican and 35 % Democrat. If things aren't looking good this delegate says he has it on good authority that Lieberman will jump ship to Independent to avoid a primary catastrophe.
(And, by the way, everyone we've talked to can't figure out who REALLY sent this letter out. We think it's a mole) Stay posted.
Message to fellow New Haveners: Don't you *dare* support coathanger Joe. I will consider it an insult to all women in the state of Connecticut if anyone supports Lieberman.
There's a sense that the war in Iraq has been a terrible distraction for our senator," he said, adding later that he believed Lieberman had been "all war" and lost touch with many Connecticut residentsPost a Comment
I second Lamont on that one.
I second Lamont on that one.