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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Meet Ned Lamont

THe Hartford Courant did an interview Ned Lamont and here's a few things he said about challenging Lieberman.
Ned Lamont, whose family tree includes a Who's Who of Wall Street and a famous student of socialism, said Monday he is leaning toward challenging Lieberman for the Democratic nomination.

"Right now, I am strongly inclined," Lamont said.

Lamont, 52, the president and founder of a cable-television company, Lamont Digital Systems, said he would run only if he concluded that Lieberman could be defeated in a primary.

"If you go in, you don't go in to make a statement," Lamont said. "You go in to win."


"I've been talking to a lot of people over the last few weeks. I continue to reach out and talk to some people. I have not made up my mind. That will probably take a few weeks," Lamont said.

Lamont is receiveing alot of support ranging from liberal activists to possible independent challenger Lowell Weicker.

"I hope Ned does gangbusters," said Weicker, who has known Lamont for years and met with him as recently as last week. "But this doesn't get me off the hook."

Weicker, who would run as an independent, said he still might oppose Lieberman if Lamont seems unlikely to win the primary, which would be held Aug. 8. Weicker said the picture should grow clearer by spring.


Tom Swan, the executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, is among the liberal activists who have encouraged Lamont after searching for a candidate with the will and the resources to challenge a three-term U.S. senator.

It is "very difficult, if not impossible, for someone that is not a celebrity, a high-ranking elected official or has an ability to finance part of their own campaign to seriously consider challenging an incumbent senator," Swan said.

All in all, it's a pretty good article for those who want to know more about the person who might challenge Senator Lieberman and I encourage everyone to give it a read.