Disclosure: I worked for the Lamont campaign doing web design and production and some writing for the official blog (from 9/5/06 to 11/07/06).
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Wednesday Morning Round-Up
- Former State Party Chair George Jepsen joins the Lamont campaign in an official capacity, as Chairman. Interesting to see how this plays out in Lieberman's hometown of Stamford:
The Greenwich-born Jepsen spent 12 years representing Stamford and Darien in the state Senate -- six as majority leader -- before running unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2002 with Bill Curry....
Jepsen has known Lamont for more than two decades.
"This is a very unpleasant and difficult decision to make," Jepsen said. "I like Joe Lieberman personally, but you reach a point . . . It's not just the war. It's Terri Schiavo, access to morning-after pills for rape victims, civil liberties, the mounting deficit. A whole series of issues where you just realize you're in profound disagreement with Joe."...
Stamford Democratic City Committee Chairwoman Ellen Camhi said Jepsen's involvement with Lamont will probably make it difficult for some city's voters to pick a side.
- Mark Pazniokas and David Lightman explore the financial way forward for both campaigns (Lamont's campaign has previously pledged not to be outspent by Lieberman):
The Lamont campaign said Tuesday it is budgeting $6 million for the general election, the same as it spent on the primary - with one major difference: Lamont, after writing $4 million in checks to his own campaign, hopes to put away his checkbook.
As the Democratic nominee, Lamont now believes his campaign will have access to funding sources and labor support that had been unavailable to him as the little-known challenger of a national political figure, said Tom Swan, Lamont's campaign manager.
- Jennifer Medina in the New York Times recounts Lieberman's agreements with rabid right-wing radio host Glenn Beck yesterday. And also points out how he revealed to Wolf Blitzer that he has, indeed, completely lost the plot on Iraq:
Later, in appearance with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Mr. Lieberman said that the war in Iraq had not undermined the credibility of efforts to deal with terror threats. Mr. Lieberman also said that he did not believe Iraq was already in a civil war, a term Mr. Lamont uses regularly.
For what it's worth, a similar position - that the war in Iraq has decreased the threat of terrorism - was shared by a full 9% of the American public in a recent NYT/CBS poll.
- New Britain's own Spaze
boyman has a great video report of Ned Lamont and other prominent Dems at the grand opening of the New Britain Democratic HQ.
- Expect the Senate candidates for the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, the Green Party,
and the Independent Partyto be formally approved and added to the ballot this week. At which point everyone - pollsters, media, Dan Gerstein - really needs to stop calling Joe (Con.-Lie.) the "Independent" candidate. (Update: It seems Independent Party CT candidate John Mertens didn't make the ballot.)