Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lamont mystery exposed

Recently the Hearst newspapers in Connecticut ran a story detailing many of the state candidate's personal wealth and lifestyle.

As I wrote recently in this article, Ned Lamont declined to participate in the survey, which was created by the reporters and asked questions about the candidate's homes, automobiles, and most intriguing, their yachts.

Immediately my investigative antennae perked up! What is it, I thought, that Ned could be hiding?

Does he have a massive motor yacht named after a sex slave harem, like Tom Foley does?

Does his yacht name betray a misogynistic philosophy, like Linda McMahon's yacht?

What exactly IS Ned hiding?

So, during a meeting with local bloggers last night, I decided to throw caution to the wind and challenge the candidate harshly on why it is he seems to be hiding his yacht from the voters.

His answer will astound you! Watch and see:

The video lighting was rather low, or else I'm sure you would have seen him break into a cold sweat under my intensive questioning! Chalk up another victory for the new media!

...and I'm expecting that call from CNN any day now!


David Kostek said...

I thought Tom Foley has the 100-footer named after the sex slaves of the Ottoman empire, not Schiff.

So difficult to keep it all straight, I know, I know...

CT Bob said...

Oh dammit, you're right! Gonna change it right this second. Thanks!

lakezoarian said...

A "small speedboat" called the "Buzz Bomb" named after his Mom? Cool.

Definitely better than this small speedboat (sprengboot):

"The V1's pulse jet engine was also tested on a variety of craft, including an experimental attack boat known as the "Tornado". The unsuccessful prototype was a version of a sprengboot , where a boat laden with explosives was steered towards a target ship and the pilot would leap out the back at the last moment. The Tornado was assembled from surplus seaplane hulls connected in catamaran fashion with a small pilot cabin on the cross beams. The Tornado prototype was a noisy underperformer and was abandoned in favour of more conventional piston engined craft."

PS- click on my name...

CT Bob said...

Call me crazy, but I don't think a pulse engine is an ideal propulsion system for a boat. And I think it's obvious to everyone that Ned's boat is named after his mom, rather than the German vengeance weapon.

I met Ned's mom (& pop) during the '06 campaign, and they are truly the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.

Judging from that video link, Otis Rush is the next in line for B.B. King's crown.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever get the answer to the base question? Why did Lamont refuse to participate in the article. It would be OK for him to say that he thought it was a frivolous subject (although I thought it was some what revealing about some of the candidates). Instead you elicited a joke answer with your joke question. Go back to blog journalism school Bob.

CT Bob said...

Um Mike, the original article said that Lamont responded through a spokesperson that he wasn't going to take part in has clearly been shown to be a frivolous Hearst syndicate attempt to paint the wealthier candidates as out of touch millionaires.

Even though he didn't take part, they trumpeted details of Lamont's 2006 publicly released financials in the article, including the $17 million he spent on his campaign.

But when Merrick Alpert responded that he wouldn't take part in the very same survey because he thought it silly at a time when so many state residents lacked health insurance or jobs, the Hearst reporters ignored him completely.

So you tell me if there wasn't some kind of hidden agenda at play here.

And yes, what I said in the video was clearly a joke. Just like the Hearst article.

Anonymous said...

I apologize, but thank you for admitting that you asked a softball joke question of Lamont. You have advanced our insight of the candidate as much as the original article did.

I wonder if he does not want the public to know he is extremely wealthy and can fund his campaign without public financing. Don't you wonder.

CT Bob said...

No problem Mike.

But Lamont has made it very clear on many public occasions that he isn't taking part in the CEP system because he's convinced that it will take a lot more than the limit imposed by the program to defeat the self-funded Tom Foley, who may spend $20 million or more to win the governor's seat.

Which, when compared to the $4.5 million limit available to publicly financed candidates, will likely give Foley the win unless someone can compete against him on an even basis.

It ain't right, but until the law is re-written to REQUIRE all candidates for state office to enroll in the program, there's going to be a disparity in most elections.

So, assuming the election is between the two, it boils down to which rich guy do you want to win? The Democrat or the Republican?

Anonymous said...

" . . . it will take a lot more than the limit imposed by the program to defeat the self-funded Tom Foley."

You buy that? Foley is a hack. A proven hack. Malloy can beat him with the CEP; on merit. You are suggesting the only way Lamont can beat him is with his checkbook.

Anonymous said...

Lamont can and will beat Foley because he appeals to a wider base that Malloy. Malloy is currently pandering to the the left, only looking towards the primary and convention, not beyond. Ned is being honest 100% of the way - there is no change between the primary and the general candidate for Lamont.

Democrats voting in this primary need to realize this if they have absolutely any chance of taking back the governors mansion.

CT Bob said...

Mike, any other year I'd agree with you. But so far we've seen nothing BUT Republican hacks winning every special election recently.

The Democratic backlash propagated by all the wingnut news agencies is resulting in every Democratic candidate starting out maybe 8 to 10 points in the hole. This is the year for every single GOPer hack out there to run. I wish it weren't the case.