It's obviously NOT about money

Despite what's been said, I don't think this is about spending the RNC's money at all.
That's because it doesn't cost a thin dime to just ENDORSE someone for the position they're running for!
Regarding the non-endorsement issue, the National GOP leadership's pointing the finger at the CT GOP who're pointing their fingers right back.
In the meantime, poor Alan's sitting there with a knife in his back.
So, is it the State GOP hoping to get Orchulli to run instead? Or is it the National GOP trying to get Joe in and maybe switch parties?
Or was it Col. Mustard in the Study with the Candlestick?
Hold on, I'm getting confused here!
I'm just a regular, rank & file, Republican. But when the leadership of the party starts acting in such a seemingly irrational manner, I'm not just embarrassed and disgusted, I'm downright suspicious!
Something's not right. Whether its with the leadership or with Schlesinger, I don't know. But I do want it out on the table NOW before the Dems sniff it out and make political hay out of it!

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Date: Aug 17, 2006 3:51 PM
Subject: Senate Run Is Really No Party

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Senate Run Is Really No Party

Schlesinger Is Stranded By GOP

Courant Staff Writer

August 17, 2006

Could things get any worse for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Alan Schlesinger?

He's the other guy who hardly anybody knows in the nationally watched Senate contest between Democrat Ned Lamont and incumbent Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman.

Even though Schlesinger, the one-time state legislator and small-town mayor, expressed confidence Wednesday that "I am the only voice for moderate and conservative voters," he still trailed badly in polls and, at last look, had only about $18,000 to spend on an upcoming campaign that it would take millions to win.

But at least he has the backing of the party whose nomination he won at this year's convention, right?

Wrong. Republicans in the White House, and the national and state GOP, are shunning him.

President Bush's press secretary, Tony Snow, told reporters Tuesday: "The Republican Party of Connecticut has suggested that we not make an endorsement in that race, and so we're not."

Two days earlier, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman refused to say if he supports Schlesinger on Sunday's NBC news show "Meet the Press." Mehlman said he consults "our leadership in the states" - which, in this case, has told him: "You ought to stay out of this one." So he said he is focusing on U.S. House races and the governor's race in Connecticut.

Connecticut GOP Chairman George Gallo, when asked Wednesday what he's told the national GOP, said he told the Republican National Committee political director 11/2 weeks ago that the Schlesinger campaign "isn't one of our top priorities."

But Gallo said he never suggested that Republicans at the national level not back Schlesinger.

"I had a clear conversation," Gallo said. "They asked me the priorities" of the state GOP with regard to help from the national party level.

Gallo said he told the RNC official it was re-election of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and House members Rob Simmons, Nancy Johnson and Chris Shays.

Next came the state legislative elections, Gallo said, adding that he told the official: "Unfortunately, until the Schlesinger campaign starts to gain momentum, it's not one of our top priorities."

What about endorsing, or not endorsing, Schlesinger?

"It never came up," Gallo said.

Gallo speculated that maybe someone who talked to Snow "extrapolated" a bit and went beyond what he'd said about Connecticut Republicans' priorities.

But there is rampant speculation that the non-endorsement of Schlesinger is coming from the White House down, not from the local level up.

Some political sources say that the White House put out the word as early as Aug. 8 - when Lamont won the Democratic primary over Lieberman in a national media spectacle - that it was all right for Republican office-holders, nationally and in Connecticut, to endorse Lieberman. One Republican senator, Susan M. Collins of Maine, did just that on Tuesday. Lieberman has won points with Republicans, and alienated many Democrats, by cooperating with Bush on issues including Iraq war policy.

Schlesinger, interviewed Wednesday night by phone as he sought votes at a Torrington Republican picnic, would not comment on the idea of a White House-orchestrated back-channel campaign for Lieberman.

"First, I never asked the White House for an endorsement," he said.

But don't such endorsements flow to Republican Senate candidates automatically?

Well, this is "a very, very unusual election," he said, because politicians in both major parties have been using the Connecticut race at the national level for their own purposes.

"Washington, and the national media, have hijacked this race," he said. Liberal anti-war Democrats have tried to make it into a national referendum on Bush and the Iraq war because of Bush-Lieberman ties, he said.

He added that Republicans are "trying to turn it into a referendum on the future of the national Democratic Party" in order to prove their claim that the "hard left" is taking the party away from mainstream America.

"I am going to attempt to bring the race back to the voters of Connecticut by talking about who is going to be their voice for the next six years in the Senate," Schlesinger said. "Because when all is said and done and the spotlights are gone ... that should be the question."

Schlesinger found spotlights of his own last month - the wrong kind - when it was disclosed he paid $28,000 a decade ago to settle two New Jersey casinos' lawsuits over gambling debts.

And now there's the matter of a recent campaign financing report showing him with only $18,000 on hand. "We've raised more," he said Wednesday, putting his total at $30,000. He said he will go to Washington to "raise some real money." How can he do that without major GOP backing? He said there are "groups" that will help. Which groups? "I'm not going to say," he said, for fear that such talk would hurt his efforts.

His efforts, however, are not getting much encouragement even in some local towns. In Wethersfield, for example, a prominent member of the Republican town committee has submitted a resolution to endorse Lieberman, the independent, instead of Schlesinger.

The committee member, John Miller, who once served on the Republican National Committee, said of Schlesinger: "Unfortunately, he's just going to be a blip."

Miller's resolution says the "Democratic Party has been hijacked by ultra-liberal activists." There's a risk that the Aug. 8 primary may decide the November election and oust a valuable 18-year veteran, he said.

"There's going to be an election. The Republican unfortunately isn't going to play much of a role," Miller said Wednesday. "For the good of Connecticut, the Republicans should get into it, and I think the right vote is for Lieberman."

Wethersfield Republicans will consider Miller's pro-Lieberman resolution Aug. 30 in the community room at the police station. He said he hopes other Republican town committees will follow with similar endorsements.
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Dems Catching On

Well, the Democrats are beginning to twig to the GOP leadership's lack of support for Schlesinger.
Very funny, but very sad.
Despite the video's assertion, there's nothing illegal about card counting or gambling either for that matter.
I really can't figure out why Jodi Rell and the rest of the state's GOP leadership won't back him. The national leadership says their backing the state leadership's suggestion.
If they know something we don't, they should just put it on the table now, instead of all this terrible backstabbing business.
It makes the GOP look horrible.

Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P


Poll Shows more Republcans voting for Lamont then Schlesinger!

I don't know about you guys, but I think there's something very wrong when more Republicans are planning to vote for a Democrat than for their own party's candidate.
And I  love the part about how Lieberman's support among Republicans more than makes up for what he lost from the loony left!
Did I fall into Wonderland or something? What the heck is going on here?

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Date: Aug 17, 2006 3:17 PM
Subject: Poll Shows Lamont Gaining Support, But Still Trailing Lieberman

From courant.com
Poll Shows Lamont Gaining Support, But Still Trailing Lieberman

Associated Press

August 17, 2006, 7:42 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ned Lamont, whose anti-war campaign rattled the political landscape by toppling Sen. Joe Lieberman last week in Connecticut's Democratic primary, is gaining support in November's three-way Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday.

But the Quinnipiac University poll shows that Lamont still has an uphill battle against Lieberman, the 2000 nominee for vice president who is now running an independent campaign.

Lieberman leads Lamont among registered voters 49 percent to 38 percent. Republican Alan Schlesinger gets support from 4 percent.

That's an improvement for Lamont, who trailed Lieberman 51 percent to 27 percent in a three-way race in a July 20 Quinnipiac poll. That survey of registered voters showed Schlesinger with 9 percent.

Thursday's poll quizzed both registered voters and voters likely to cast ballots in the general election. The July 20 poll only questioned registered voters.

Among likely voters in Thursday's poll, Lieberman was supported by 53 percent, compared to Lamont's 41 percent and Schlesinger's 4 percent.

Lieberman's advantage comes from broad support among unaffiliated and Republican voters. Fifty-three percent of likely voters said he deserves to be re-elected, and nearly half doubted that Lamont has enough experience to be senator.

"Senator Lieberman's support among Republicans is nothing short of amazing. It more than offsets what he has lost among Democrats," poll director Douglas Schwartz said. "As long as Lieberman maintains this kind of support among Republicans, while holding a significant number of Democratic votes, the veteran senator will be hard to beat."

When pollsters asked whether Lieberman should drop out of the race because he lost the Democratic primary, 58 percent of all those surveyed said no, but among Democrats, 56 percent said he should.

Messages seeking comment were left with the Lieberman and Lamont campaigns. Schlesinger said that the poll's timing does not reflect his true level of support.

"This was taken immediately after the Democratic primary and therefore there was a tidal wave of publicity for Lamont and Lieberman," Schlesinger said Thursday. "When people get to see me in debate and see the message I have for moderate and conservative voters, these numbers will change dramatically."

Lieberman, a nationally known centrist who has been criticized by many Democrats for supporting the war in Iraq and a perceived closeness to President Bush, lost the Aug. 8 Democratic primary by 10,000 votes. Political pundits say the primary was evidence of voters' frustration with the war and predict it could have national political ramifications.

Top state and national Democrats, including Sens. John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton and Frank Lautenberg, abandoned Lieberman after the primary and are endorsing Lamont. Former Sen. John Edwards, the 2004 candidate for vice president, was to campaign for Lamont on Thursday.

Some Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are throwing their support behind Lieberman instead of Schlesinger, who has been dogged by revelations of that he was sued by two New Jersey casinos for gambling debts, and that he gambled at a Connecticut casino under a false name in the 1990s while a state legislator. Schlesinger has rejected Gov. M. Jodi Rell's urging that drop out of the race and let the party select a replacement.

Thursday's poll showed Lieberman with 75 percent of the Republican vote, compared to 13 percent for Lamont and 10 percent for Schlesinger. Among unaffiliated voters, Lieberman garners 58 percent, compared to 36 percent for Lamont and 3 percent for Schlesinger. Among Democrats, Lamont leads Lieberman with 63 percent. Lieberman gets 35 percent of Democratic voters.

"Ned Lamont's Democratic primary win was based on a very small percentage of voters statewide," Schwartz said. "He must expand beyond this base if he is going to beat Lieberman."

Meanwhile, the same poll shows Rell, a Republican, with a large lead over her Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race.

The poll shows Rell leading New Haven Mayor John DeStefano by a 64 to 32 percent margin among likely voters. Among registered voters, Rell leads 60 to 28 percent. That's compared to the July 20 Quinnipiac poll when Rell led DeStefano by a 62 to 25 percent margin.

Rell garners 44 percent of the Democratic voters, 88 percent of the Republican voters and 69 percent of the unaffiliated voters.

"While observers bemoan the polarization of American politics, Connecticut voters are taking a bipartisan path, with most Republicans backing a Democratic senator and a large number of Democrats backing a Republican governor," Schwartz said.

The telephone poll was conducted between Aug. 10-14. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,319 registered voters and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Among the 1,083 likely voters, the margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The telephone poll was conducted between Aug. 10-14. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,319 registered voters and the margin of error was 2.7 percent. Among the 1,083 likely voters, the margin of error is 3 percent.


Editor's note: Susan Haigh has covered the Connecticut statehouse and political scene since 1994.

On the Net: www.quinnipiac.edu
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