Lamont Delivers Strong Message on the Economy

When I awoke on Tuesday morning and peeked out the window at the grey skies and persistent snow, I thought for sure that Ned Lamont’s campaign folks would have sent a message to all stating that “due to inclement weather” the formal announcement at Hartford’s Old State House had been postponed.  That meant that I could snuggle deeper into my blankets with a cup of hot coffee/cocoa, watch the morning news and let the day — and the snow — slip away.  Not so.  I scrolled through my messages and found that the event was on schedule.

None of my meetings were rescheduled save one (sigh).

By 11:00 am, Hartford’s Old State House was filled to capacity with well over 300 eager folks.  Lamont, energized and confident, delivered a speech that cut to the heart of what’s wrong in our state — and in our country — the economy, stating that:

“Politicians spend their lives trying to figure out how to divide up the economic pie into pieces, I’ve spent my life expanding the economic pie and for 20 years, the economic pie here in Connecticut has been shrinking,” Lamont said … “Sure we have a revenue problem. But it’s not going to be solved by simply raising more taxes. We need more taxpayers, more jobs, more start-ups, more opportunity… a bigger economic pie. Connecticut needs a leader who has started up a business and created jobs here in a state that has been dead last in the country in starting businesses and creating jobs.” [Darien-Times]

Being a successful business owner in the state gives Lamont an edge on Dannel Malloy.  Lamont knows first-hand the impact of health insurance companies predatory practices on mid-size to small businesses.  His own company saw a whopping increase of over 30 percent in health insurance cost when his staff was reduced by one person.

The energy in Connecticut has changed.  People are not looking for the same old same old; they hunger for real change and not political deal-making.  Moreover, the political party line in Connecticut has often been blurred.  Connecticut has always and continues to be considered a “blue state,” i.e., a Democratic state for presidential races.  Despite that fact, we were one of the few states that actually elected an Independent Governor (Lowell Weicker 1991-1995) and have not be able to elect a Democrat as governor since former Gov. William O’Neill.

Malloy’s focus is on painting himself as the underdog, the guy who came from humble beginnings, they guy who is streetwise and self-made.  While such a strategy may win him a few browny points for creative advertising, what will it do to fix Connecticut’s economy, infrastructure, the great divide in the achievement gap in our public schools, and more?

At the end of the day, it is all about the economy.  Connecticut voters need concrete ideas and strategies that have to do with real issues.  We also need a shot in the arm about our future and Lamont delivered on that score in spades, stating:

“Yes, we have a fiscal crisis in this state, but more importantly, we have a crisis of confidence that requires we stand up again,” Lamont said. Stand up to the business as usual crowd. Stand up to the pessimists, who believe Connecticut’s best days are behind us. Stand up for a Connecticut that gets out of its defensive crouch, a Connecticut that gets back on offense, invests in our future, expands businesses, creates jobs and puts people back to work.”

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  1. You obviously do not read Malloy’s Advocate online nor do you listen well. This is his strategy and it is in print. I did not make this up. It might serve you well to get the facts before you accuse someone of being dishonest.

    • Henryk

      I have read the Malloy Advocate emails, and I don’t see it quite so negatively. Raising the issue of a two millionaires running for Governor that are turning their backs on public financing is a totally legitimate issue. If Foley does not get the nomination, do you really think this won’t be brought up?

      No matter how much affection we have for these candidates, we need to focus on who is likely to win in the general election. Unfortunately, these two have both lost runs for statewide office. Most recently, Lamont lost to the Republican Lieberman at a time when the issue he was identified with (the war) was front and center in our consciousness.

      No one has explained to me why the progressive Lamont is more likely to win in the Eastern part of the state, the location of a number of strong Tea Party events this summer.

      A GOP victory would be the end of Sustinet. Let’s not blow this one.

      • It is not wonderful that in a country where we allow folks freedom of thought and speech, we can share same with others? Apparently you and I disagree, which is fine. And as for Eastern Connecticut, Lamont aced a debate there several weeks ago and clearly came out a winner. I think it is safe to say that you probably do not like Lamont that much. No doubt, when you are not routing for someone, it is difficult to agree that he is capable of winning. Keep watching and listening is the best advice I can give you. Regardless of what anyone says to you, you have to make up your own mind.

      • Henryk


        I have to say I like Lamont a great deal. We were all rooting for him against Lieberman. I have always thought that his ideas were perfect, where the campaigning might have left something to be desired (ala Al Gore).

        My only concerns are about electability at this point in time. Doing well in a debate is nice, but doing well in a poll is what I’m looking for (and I have to say I’m disappointed that Susan quit so early).

        I think that this political moment may not be great for Progressives in CT, and with all the “populism” talk, may not be so great for the wealthy either.

      • Henryk

        Of course whoever gets the nomination, we’re all going to be hitting the phones hard to get in!

  2. aja32

    “Malloy’s focus is on painting himself as the underdog, the guy who came from humble beginnings, they guy who is streetwise and self-made. While such a strategy may win him a few browny points for creative advertising, what will it do to fix Connecticut’s economy, infrastructure, the great divide in the achievement gap in our public schools, and more?”

    I don’t think this comment is fair. His personal narrative is entirely separate from plans to govern – you make it sound as if Malloy has no positions on economic issues, which of course isn’t true. Lamont talks about being and underdog, too, and talks about his 2006 race – but that doesn’t mean he has no positions. It’s a personal narrative.

    I like Ned Lamont, but there is really no need for supporters to portray Malloy dishonestly. Malloy talks extensively about specific policies he put in place in Stamford. If you want to debate those, good! But you can’t pretend they don’t exist.

  3. Janet Koch

    So is Ned Lamont going to give me a job?

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