Monday, May 22, 2006

Ned Lamont on the Ballot

I didn't mention it last week, but Ned Lamont received twice the number of delegates necessary to be placed on the ballot against Lieberman this August. This exceeded all expectations and it a very bad sign for Joe.

When Ned Lamont captured a staggering third of the 1,509 votes cast Friday, the green challenger's handlers were the most surprised camp in Hartford's Expo Center. The Lamont campaign got a late start this past winter and wondered as recently as a week ago if it would reach the 15 percent threshold required to get on the ballot without resorting to the laborious petition alternative. In the end, Lamont showed support across the state

Ned Lamont


Anonymous HILLARY-4SENATE-4EVER said...

Ned Lamont’s challenge to Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic Primary election is not only the first campaign Real Democrats need to focus on, it may turn out to be one of the most important as well.

The urgency is obvious: The Connecticut Primary is only two months away, so this is the first opportunity for Real Democrats to let the Blue Dogs know that something has to change.

The importance is a little more complex. Our biggest problem in the run up to 2008 isn’t so much ‘Republicans’ ‘ – but our own Democratic leadership, who in spite of 12 years of electoral and philosophical disasters, still thinks ‘triangulating to the center’ is a formula for victory.

Ned Lamont might be the rolled up newspaper with which to get the Blue Dog’s attention … especially if the fund raising and the voter mobilization bypass the regular Democratic Party apparatus in the Northeast?

But what’s wrong with the Northeast? New York’s Third C.D

This isn’t an easy campaign, but it’s one that the Democratic Party OUGHT to be able to win. Long Island’s demographics have been shifting in our favor for years. The 3rd CD is the LAST seat in two contiguous counties remaining in Republican hands. DFA’s very first project for Long Island was to recruit a credible candidate for this seat. THREE have come forward. And each, in turn, has withdrawn. The last, a hard working and locally popular County Legislator named David Denenberg pulled out within DAYS of announcing his candidacy. . It looks as if ‘the fix is in.” and that’s very disturbing.

A pointed lesson to the Party establishment in Connecticut might, just might, show the Establishment in general that the rank and file really CAN take it’s money and go elsewhere. We DON’T EAVE the Party, we GO AROUND IT – by supporting individual campaigns and alternative organizations like Democracy for America.

5/23/2006 03:04:00 PM  

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