Inspiring? Lamont’s Ticket Toothache Includes Bysiewicz Baggage

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Lamont-Bysiewicz ticket. Image courtesy New Haven Independent.

In selecting Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate, Ned Lamont takes out of the equation a key competitor to ease the dollar flow of his self-funded campaign, but looking down the road to the general election an uninspiring ticket whose combo was lanced heavily in cities the last time they each ran in Democratic primaries, Lamont for governor in 2010 and Bysiewicz for U.S. Senate in 2012. What was heading for a weekend coronation for Lamont at the Democratic convention has transformed into a divisive toothache raising questions about his commitment to racial diversity among a key coalition of voters. Meanwhile Mayor Joe Ganim, who loves political chaos, has what he wants … chaos.

In Bysiewicz, Lamont has chosen an ambitious pol who sometimes has difficulty getting out of her own way, as was the case in 2010 when the Connecticut Supreme Court disqualified her from running for state attorney general while she was then the secretary of the state, Connecticut’s chief elections official. She then challenged Chris Murphy in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary when she falsely accused Murphy of accepting “more hedge fund money than any other Democrat in Congress,” an assertion her campaign acknowledges is unsupported by the data it cites.

Her historic campaign tactics has led to a moniker “queen of mean.”

Right now a Lamont-Bysiewicz ticket faces major obstacles to inspire urban voters. New Haven and Bridgeport produce the most Democratic votes in a general election.

As OIB friend Paul Bass notes in the New Haven Independent “Ned Lamont may have bought a little intraparty peace by luring a top opponent onto his gubernatorial campaign ticket–but he also may have sucker punched his urban base.”

The urban political howling is real, and not just because Ganim, Lamont’s most immediate opponent heading into the convention, is fanning the flames of discord.

Lamont earned his campaign stripes in 2006 defeating incumbent U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman in a primary on a war protest vote. Lamont failed to pivot his campaign to appeal to unaffiliated voters that settle statewide elections in Connecticut. Lieberman was reelected on a third-party line. Four years later Lamont returned challenging party endorsed Dan Malloy in a Democratic primary for governor. Bridgeport’s political establishment including Mayor Bill Finch and Town Chair Mario Testa backed Lamont believing his self-funded millions would carry the day. He was lanced in the primary by Malloy who won a razor-close general election against Republican Tom Foley in which Bridgeport became the center of controversy with Bysiewicz taking heat as chief elections official, a period in which she made several dubious decisions that diminished her standing.

For the past eight years Lamont has done little to elevate his profile in urban areas. He ran for governor, Bysiewicz as well, because high profile pols such as Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Attorney General George Jepsen opted out.

You add up a limousine liberal from Greenwich in Lamont and Bysiewicz’s baggage that will be exploited by the eventual Republican candidate for governor and now it places an extreme premium on urban areas to deliver a November victory.

So for Lamont, this is shaping up as a lazy man’s way to avoid a primary that included Bysiewicz. Meanwhile what’s to inspire urban voters?



  1. Meanwhile what’s to inspire urban voters?

    Good question Lennie. Lamont has rolled out his ‘Progressive’ agenda for Connecticut. “Change”, is played out. Any candidate for any office who uses the concept or word “change” shouldn’t be taken seriously. A chicken in every pot is also played out. The closest we got to getting this, was the Marijuana bill.

    The first Democrat to promise voters a shelf full of Progresso Soup in every home will get the attention of enough Bridgeport voters to win.

    1. Remember the State Overview Board and the massive help that Governor Lowell Weicker gave to Bridgeport. That could have been a basis of a turnaround. However,the political culture in Bridgeport does not put what’s best for Bridgeport as the top priority. Rather,it’s the what’s in it for me and maintaining the current political structure which were to top priorities of Bridgeport civic/political leaders. The absence of larger citizen involvement seals the coffin. Lately we have seen an uptick in involvement but it is not enough(yet??). Time will tell.

  2. These bookends want electronic tolls and no casino for Bridgeport. They should receive 0 votes from the park city. Boughton is playing the politicians dance of seeing what the answer should be, before saying yes or no.

    1. Owen Denizen….the will of the people??? Look at recent voter turnouts. DTC and CC elections were single digits or close to. Even the Finch/Ganim Primary and General Election were like 30% in hotly contested elections. ( If I am wrong or if someone has the exact turnout totals,I will happy to stand corrected). The fact of the matter is that we don’t know the will of the people of Bridgeport. That might be something to ponder.

  3. “As OIB friend Paul Bass notes in the New Haven Independent “Ned Lamont may have bought a little intraparty peace by luring a top opponent onto his gubernatorial campaign ticket — but he also may have sucker punched his urban base.”

    Paul Bass is missing the big picture. What we are seeing here is Polarization in action from black politicians and deal makers. Ned Lamont’s choice of SUBY is a sucker punch to some blacks in his urban base. Don’t worry, they will be back as soon as they get wind of the Progresso Soup offer.

  4. IMHO,the choices of Lt. Governor for both parties will have little or no impact. It will get down to turnout. Some may say that Lamont/Suby may not not excite the Democratic certainly. Which statewide Democratic candidate would have? Do CT urbanites want a Republican Governor and a Republican President/Administration(Trump,Carson,Sessions,DeVos etc.) Now that is a frightening thought. Lamont can’t run a “Hillary Clinton-esque” snooze campaign. The Republican Candidate has to be tied to Trump.

    1. BTW,I went to Downtown BPT this afternoon from 1:30-3:00 PM and things were very quiet. Loads of parking on Broad Street from the Library toward HCC. Pedestrian traffic was light too. Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock is busier than Downtown.

    2. Frank, if you follow the elections nationwide Democrats are winning and it’s not about how good the candidates are it has more to with 45 not doing what he promise. There is a blue wave that is moving across the country, middle class white females are voting for Democrats along with a larger percentage of black females going to the polls to vote.

      1. It’s real easy to go through life if you’re white to never to think or say anything about race. When you’re black you work in a white world and live in a black world. My father was in the Navy during World War II on a submarine and after the war he didn’t have the same rights that your parents had. Try asking a black man that you know what they think about race.

      2. Ron is a professional black man along with his step brother Donald Day. They cant write anything intelligent if it doesnt contain some piece of history from 1860. Mr. Day writes about how we took property from the Mexicans. Where and how did the Mexicans get their land? These 2 guys are really astronauts, they take up space.

  5. Big opening for an independent run for governor… The D’s and R’s (Party level) are tone-deaf to most issues that matter in Connecticut at this time…

    It isn’t just the cities looking for a better economy and livability (general) in Connecticut…

    There is mass discontent among the general population that a smart candidate can use to produce a winning formula for November’s gubernatorial race… So far none of the candidates have shown anything anywhere near a “winning” formula for November…

    This is still an open race… Albeit, not at the Party level…


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