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CT-Gov: Wolfson advising Lamont



Democratic operative is advising Ned Lamont's campaign for governor in Connecticut. AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper

Prominent Democratic operative Howard Wolfson is advising Ned Lamont's candidacy for governor of Connecticut, adding a high-profile element to what is rapidly shaping up to be one of the most interesting Democratic primaries in the country in 2010.

"Howard is a friend and I have many friends giving me plenty of free advice," said Lamont in an e-mail exchange with the Fix.

Wolfson comes to Lamont directly from his role as the senior strategist of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) bid for a third term, a race that the media tycoon spent more than $100 million on to win by five points.

But, he is best known as one of the members of Hillary Clinton's inner circle during her 2008 presidential bid. Wolfson was a constant television presence during that campaign and was one of four or five people charged with the strategic management of the effort. Wolfson also served as an adviser to Lamont in his 2006 Senate bid against Sen. Joe Lieberman (I).

Lamont is one of three serious Democratic candidates for the seat being vacated by Gov. Jodi Rell (R) in 2010. (Rell announced her retirement on Monday.)

New polling from Quinnipiac University shows Lamont very much in the game in the Democratic primary.

Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz took 26 percent followed by Lamont at 23 percent and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy at nine percent.

Lamont's 2006 candidacy -- in which he became a liberal cause celebre after his ouster of Lieberman in the primary -- has turned him into a prominent and divisive figure in Connecticut politics. (Lamont went on to lose the general election to Lieberman who ran as an independent, third-party candidate.)

Thirty-one percent of the Q sample had a favorable impression of Lamont while 24 percent had an unfavorable impression. Democrats were strongly favorable to Lamont (45 fav/11 unfav) while Republicans were strongly unfavorable (12 fav/45 unfav). Independents were split -- 27 percent said they had a favorable view and 27 percent said they saw him in an unfavorable light.

The x-factor when analyzing Lamont's chances is his personal wealth. In the 2006 Senate campaign, he spent nearly $14 of his own money on the race -- a significant sum in a state as compact as Connecticut. (Of course, the southwestern part of the state is covered by the very costly New York City media market.)

With Bysiewicz, Lamont and Malloy all with a legitimate path to the nomination, look for this primary to break into the Fix's Line of the top 10 intraparty squabbles in the coming months.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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A scary look,

Washington 13, that was good.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10351990/Sosa:-Cosmetic-cream-caused-lighter-skin-tone

and he does not go to the same dentist Doug Hoffman does not go to.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 11, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

reported through clenched teeth.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 11, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Both the parties are falling apart - people don't know where to go -


Chris both the parties have changed their platforms significantly since the 80s.


People who believed firmly in what their parties stood for 20 years ago may find themselves marooned as the parties shifted.

The problem is they really have no where to go - to change parties completely really does not work.

The far wings of each party are really out of step with the country as a whole, and instead are holding on by dominating gerrymandered districts and mastering party machinery.


It wouldn't be so bad if the country had the money for some crazy left wing adventure, spending trillions on a massive health care program before it was obvious that the whole thing is a disaster.


Meanwhile, the elections seems to get nastier and nastier - personal conduct seems to get more uncivilized as every year goes by - casual conversations can not be had now about politics without someone running the risk of unjustifiedly being called a racist.


Connecticut is not that far from NY-23 however - that isn't the common element.

Money has taken over politics - the party meetings and party structures do not mean nearly as much anymore - this has lended a sense of powerlessness to the entire process.


If you have the money to run a 30 second attack ad, you are in a better position than someone who has worked 20 years working to help out the local political party.


So we have these wings of both parties - with relatively radical ideas which don't even get debated in the 30 second attack ads at the elections.


But they run around all year round claiming that their narrow victories for the moderates in their parties justifies a MANDATE FOR THEIR RADICAL WING IDEAS.

And that is just the rub - these elections are really NOT producing mandates for any of these ideas


The victories of the moderates are what is giving either party a majority in a legislature - but the wings are out there claiming some MANDATE which isn't there at all.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | November 11, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Washington13 | November 10, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Woogie from 'There's Something about Mary' was a political consultant.

Those are love blisters.

Posted by: Washington13 | November 10, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see. You believe yourself the measure of all others! Thus your cynicism. Your boring little pathology is all clear now.

Posted by: nodebris | November 10, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Who isn't. Plankton.

Posted by: snowbama | November 10, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I like to call him "snow globe," because he's a cheap childish toy that when shaken presents a predictable and cartoonish simulacrum of reality.

Posted by: nodebris | November 10, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Funniest part of all is that this loser thinks he's smarter than we are.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 10, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy we are heading back to
the liberal mutual admiration society. Where we
belong. All freaks apply. Drivl the leftist
idiot. Nambla the stupidest poster ever. Loud and dumb the brainless fool. Maybe obambi should surrender to everyone and beat the rush.

If you announce you love hairless boys,
you should live with it cf8. The truth will set you
free but it can hurt too. Like having
your face in the pillow.

But with most libs, they announce thier preferences and then
try to hide from thier true self.

Posted by: snowbama | November 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"So do the Drudge people go and flood every single link on his page?

==

How would they find the other columns?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite"

Every single link on the Drudge page.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 10, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

So do the Drudge people go and flood every single link on his page?

==

How would they find the other columns?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 10, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

So do the Drudge people go and flood every single link on his page?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 10, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, Chris C didn't have a problem with JakeD's racism. Why would he have a problem with snowie's racism?

==

Au contraire, calling JakeD a racist was the only thing anyone could do to get banned. Like the GOP that it adores, The Fix is a safe haven for bigots.

CC probably smiles with warmth at zouk's pedophile goads.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 10, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"Why does the Post allow references to child pornography?

Why do you allow pedophiles like this snow person to post? It's very offensive.

Posted by: drindl "

Well, Chris C didn't have a problem with JakeD's racism. Why would he have a problem with snowie's racism?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 10, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Post allow references to child pornography?

Why do you allow pedophiles like this snow person to post? It's very offensive.

Posted by: drindl | November 10, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I hardly post here anymore.

Nambla

except when I do.

Posted by: snowbama | November 10, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I see actual thinking is discouraged by the leftist fundies.

Posted by: snowbama | November 10, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Pity Wolfson didn't get Lamont over the top in '04, it'd be great to have a real Democrat in place of that preening narcissist Lieberman and his devotion to Israel.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 10, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Given Wolfson's record, Bysiewicz and Malloy must view this as good news.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 10, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Wolfson liked Sammy Sosa's new look so much he is getting the skin rejuvenation treatment too.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 10, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

But it isn't cheap, Chris says $14 is a significant sum in a state as compact as Connecticut. It must be the theory of relativity.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 10, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Elections are really cheap in Connecticut if he only spent nearly $14 of his own money on the race. ;-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 10, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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