Saturday, July 15, 2006

Schlesinger Urged To Quit Senate Run

Senate Hopeful Nudged To Quit
July 13, 2006
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer

From the Hartford Courant article:
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and GOP State Chairman George Gallo publicly urged fellow Republican Alan Schlesinger to reconsider his candidacy for U.S. Senate after learning Wednesday that he gambled at the Foxwoods Resorts Casino under an assumed name while an elected official in the 1990s.

Schlesinger said Rell and Gallo were overreacting to an innocent act: giving a fake name to obtain a Foxwoods "wampum card" that rewards casino patrons with meals, rooms and merchandise based on how much they gamble.

"I am not going to let this bother me," said Schlesinger, who described himself as a recreational blackjack player. "I am going to continue in the race."

Bradley Beecher, a former state police officer once assigned to the casino enforcement unit, told Rell by letter Wednesday that Schlesinger gambled under the name Alan Gold to avoid detection as a card counter, a player who improves the odds by counting the cards as they are played. Card counting is not cheating, but casinos often ban counters.

Schlesinger said Beecher is a disgruntled former police officer of questionable credibility. He denied trying to hide that he has been a card counter, but acknowledged using a pseudonym at Foxwoods to preserve his privacy while he was a state legislator and mayor of Derby.

"I was in politics. I used a pseudonym just for this reason, this stupidity we're going through now," Schlesinger said.

Schlesinger said he did nothing wrong, other than try to keep his name off Foxwoods' marketing list. But Rell and Gallo said his behavior was troubling, signaling that Schlesinger will face pressure to quit the race.


Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with Schlessinger ;) Just imagine the made for tv movie possibilties of a compulsive gambler who runs against all odds and wins an amazing 7% of the votes.

Mr. 618 said...

"Schlesinger said Beecher is a disgruntled former police officer of questionable credibility." WTF? I knew Brad Beecher many years ago, and while we disagreed on many things, I never once heard anyone question his integrity or credibility. Granted, things may have changed in the 15 years since I saw him last, but I find it incredible to believe anyone could claim Beecher could not be believed.

Of course, gambling under a phony name, while an elected official, that's OK.

Yeah, right. Schlesinger is just another corrupt, power-hungry little vermin, just like all his rethuglican cronies. Including Lieberman.