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Thursday, July 13, 2006

 

What Are CT Republicans Up To?

More dirt is being dished on their senate candidate Alan Schlesinger, and Rell and Gallo continue to urge him to drop out of the race. Obviously there's some coordinated effort here among the state Republican brass. But to what end?

Chuck Todd reported today that he believes that the endangered Reps. Shays, Simmons, and Johnson will all endorse Lieberman after the primary as a way to prove their "moderate" credentials. Shays, of course, already has.

So do the state Republicans really have a more high-profile candidate waiting in the wings (or perhaps one with a bigger bank account)? Or is their real aim here to clear the field so that Sen. Lieberman (Lieberman-CT) - endorsed by the entire Republican House delegation - will have an easier shot to win in November?

One person to ask is Chris Shays himself. Does he rule out jumping into the Senate race if Schlesinger drops out? Or would he actually prefer that his party have an empty line on the ballot in November, so as to help his own preferred senate candidate, Joe Lieberman?
Comments:
$20,000 in contributions, including 10 grand from himself? Sounds like quite a war coin purse, all right.

Jane in Guilford
 
did stephen colbert just say what I think he said about the Lamont Lieberman race.

He said Lieberman is being challenged by a "REAL DEMOCRAT!"
 
Chuck Todd reported today that he believes that the endangered Reps. Shays, Simmons, and Johnson will all endorse Lieberman after the primary as a way to prove their "moderate" credentials.

a great article!

as Chuck Todd points out, even a gadfly repub can get 20%, making 41% the winning percentage in november in a 3-way race, which is very do-able for lamont -

that is why it is critical for joe that the repubs not run anyone in november, which makes me think that this beecher guy attacking schlesinger is a lieberman asset, and not a rell asset -

beecher has forced rell & gallo to replace schlesinger, not the other way around.
 
So do the state Republicans really have a more high-profile candidate waiting in the wings (or perhaps one with a bigger bank account)? Or is their real aim here to clear the field so that Sen. Lieberman (Lieberman-CT) - endorsed by the entire Republican House delegation - will have an easier shot to win in November?

or, a third scenario, that beecher is a lieberman asset who is trying to weaken schlesinger and who is thus forcing rell's & gallo's hand here -

all three scenarios here are viable, in my opinion -
 
HFL, that's a possibility I hadn't considered. But why would Lieberman want to weaken Schlesinger, with the possibility that the GOP could just replace him with a stronger candidate? It seems to me Schlesinger was weak enough already.
 
I dunno tparty, but joe has been doing a lot of irrational things these days -

I can't call this one no way no how -

in joe's wierd mind, he may think that he can and must weaken schlesinger, but that the repub establishment would never try to actually replace schlesinger with a serious chris shays type to run against joe -
 
These seem to be leaks from the Republican party and they are certainly the ones talking about resigning. They probably want to put in someone stronger to put up against Lieberman & Lamont and try to triangulate things. The alternative would be trying to support Lieberman, maybe even convert him, but I don't think that's as likely.
 
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