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CT Dems’ Latest Solution for the Future … Failed ’06 and ’10 Candidate Ned Lamont

November 29, 2017 By Staff
CT Dems’ Latest Solution for the Future … Failed ’06 and ’10 Candidate Ned Lamont

The wealthy liberal is mulling a second run for governor, after losing to then-Mayor Dan Malloy (D-Stamford) in a 2010 primary.

After eight years of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), Democrats in Connecticut have the challenge of convincing 2018 voters that their platform will bring a brighter future to Connecticut families and businesses.

Will they choose a failed 2006 and 2010 candidate to be their messenger?

Ned Lamont, best known for losing to ex-Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) in 2006 and then-Mayor Dan Malloy (D-Stamford) in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, may run for governor in 2018.

Lamont confirmed to the CT Post and Neil Vigdor the recent rumors that he is mulling a candidacy in the wide-open field.

“I’m thinking about it,” Lamont said. “I’ve got a lot vested in this state for a long time. It’s a great state and we just don’t have a great government.”

Lamont ran as a true-blue liberal in 2006, beating Lieberman in a Democratic U.S. Senate primary but losing to the mavericky senator when Lieberman ran an independent campaign in the general election.

He then ran as a “centrist” in 2010 against Malloy, according to The New York Times, but fell short.

Mr. Malloy came close to being the Democratic Party candidate for governor in 2006. But this time, he had several factors working in his favor, including sagging support among liberals for Mr. Lamont, who campaigned against the Iraq war in 2006 in his bid against Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. Mr. Lamont positioned himself as a centrist in his bid to become governor.

It’s unclear how Lamont would re-brand himself for a 2018 run.

One can’t mess with the facts though: Lamont supported Malloy in his bid after losing the primary.

Malloy’s election in November 2010 gave way to eight challenging years for the state of Connecticut.