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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Schlesinger to hold press conference today

Is our favorite card counter being pushed out of the senate race? We'll find out soon.

UPDATE: More from Hotline. Apparently, there are a few "unflattering" stories about Alan "double-down" Schlesinger. Should make for an interesting press conference indeed.

The Hartford Courant's Kevin F. Rennie has another exclusive dispatch from Connecticut.

Connecticut Republican Senate nominee Alan Schlesinger is expected to try to mount a fightback today as revelations about his gambling under an assumed name caused Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell to call on her Republican ticketmate "to seriously consider whether he should go forward."

Schlesinger, whose memory was refreshed throughout the day on Wednesday, took a shot at Rell by raising the ballooning fundraising and cover-up scandal involving Rell’s chief of staff. Rell has ignored calls to fire her majordomo. Referring to that sensitive issue won't help Schlesinger rally party support.

A Schlesinger press conference ought to be the nearest thing to having the circus in town. The former state Representative has a colorful past which has surfaced in other campaigns. He ran twice unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for congress in the Fifth Congressional district in 1990 and 1998. A bid for the nomination to the state Senate in the Naugatuck Valley was also unsuccessful. At the time, Schlesinger took a battering over questions of his use of a state-issued telephone credit card.


Nearly everyone who served with Schlesinger in the legislature has a story about him, so today's press conference may veer into areas other than the gambling life of Alan Gold, his casino pseudonym.

Oh man, these Republicans in Connecticut are a piece of work! Bring your popcorn as there's bound to be some drama at the presser today.