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Sunday, May 14, 2006

More dirty tricks from Lieberman

The Greenwich Time did an article on the Democratic primary for senate and I noticed this interesting quote.
Although Lamont could force a primary by collecting nearly 15,000 signatures of registered Democrats, he also could accomplish the same thing by receiving at least 15 percent of the votes cast by 1,607 delegates attending Saturday's convention.

Lieberman's campaign predicted that Lamont will force the primary at the convention by landing 30 to 35 percent of the votes.

The Lieberman camp is up to their old (Karl Rove) tricks again by inflating the delegate numbers for Lamont. Thankfully, Tom Swan caught onto the dirty trick.
"That's crazy," Lamont's campaign manager, Tom Swan said, saying Lieberman's people were inflating the numbers to raise expectations.

"If they raise expectations, when we do it, they can say it's not a big deal," Swan said.
You see, if Lieberman's camp inflate the numbers and Lamont gets a low delegate count (lets say 17), they can say that there isn't a need for a primary because Lamont has no support in the state. Between the shameless Lieberman mail he sent to delegates that smeared Lamont, and his latest dirty trick, it seems that Joe is very worried about the Lamont challenge and he should be concerned. Although Lieberman has the big cities such as Hartford and New Haven, Lamont has the support of smaller towns in the state and that can be a big factor come August.
"We don't feel a real connection with Joe Lieberman -- although he's a fine man with integrity," said Dorothy Grady, chairwoman of Coventry's Democratic Town Committee. "I don't think he represents our view anymore."

Grady also said she was surprised at the warm reception Lamont has received from party members.

"I'm a real liberal Democrat so I was surprised to hear more moderate Democrats in our town committee say they had a hard time or didn't vote for Joe Lieberman the last time," Grady said. "I was like 'What?' I couldn't believe it."
Lamont's support in small towns should not go unnoticed or taken for granted. Lieberman better come to the conclusion that he's facing a serious challenger in Lamont or else he can kiss his senate seat goodbye. Remember who comes out to vote in primaries (hint: it not the people in big cities).