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If you have never heard of the name Edward Lamont, then you are about too because he is all set to challenge Joe Lieberman for his Seante seat this year.
   Lamont, a former Greenwich cable executive said in a statement today that he will challenge Lieberman because Joe has a lot to answer for in his support of the war in Iraq.
    Lamont said that "He, (Joe), has been a little too close to the president on the war. I have no problem supporting the president when he's right, but I have no trouble criticizing him when he's wrong".
     With regards to the "daunting" task that he has in front of him, Lamont said "I have to be blunt. I suppose their are challengers all over the country asking whether they should be challenging or giving the incumbant a free pass". And the polls show that Lieberman is much more popular with Republicans than with Democrats, plus I feel that he's been too outspoken in his stay the course in Iraq stratedy".

Lamont said he would gladly accept the $68,000 earmarked for "any Democrat" willing to run against Lieberman already pledged on the internet.
   For his part, Lieberman was upset at the fact that he has a challenge from his own party, but vowed to continue working for the betterment of the state of Connecticut, and for the people. In recent polls, Lieberman has a 64% approval rating, which has held steady in the past few months, although he has seen his support dip amongst Democrats because of his support for the war.
   Lamont is a graduate of Harvard College ansd Yale school of management, and is the president, founder and chairman of the board of the privately held Lamont digital systems, which is headquartered in Greenwich.
   Those in the know, give Lamont almost no shot at beating Lieberman, but the Senator will have to expend some of his energy, and shore up his Democratic base.

Originally posted to whitehousemoron on Thu Jan 19, 2006 at 06:32 PM PST.

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  •  How to take back the Senate: (none)
    Have Democrats run against nationally well-known Democrats. Brilliant!
  •  Don't give up here so easily (none)
    Remember, Joe Lieberman was way ahead of Howard Dean in the polls all throughout the year 2002 and continuing up until about March of 2003.

    A challenger can make it and they can raise enough money to be formidable.  
    How?

    What Ned Lamont has to do here is do just what Howard Dean (with Joe Trippi) did.  He has to put together a real good, attention-grabbing Web Site, an online supporters registry (list), and get up a baseball bat on the Web Site (or similar dynamic, visual graphic) to help inspire & attract & monitor grassroots donations to help fund his campaign.

    He can do this if he has a decent campaign staff to assist him.  

    He should also directly solicit a little bit of support from good 'ol Howard Dean at the DNC because I'm sure, even if he makes no public statement to this effect, Dean would be glad to see a fresh face and a more progressive party spokesman representing the Democratic Party from the State of Connecticut.  

    www.democracyforamerica.com and Dean at the DNC will help him out if he seeks their help.

    www.democrats.com, www.DailyKos.com, www.huffingtonpost.com and other blogs will help him out too.

    This is a winnable race.

    Lieberman has no hard support whatsoever among real Democrats & progressives.  His numbers will collapse like a house of cards once Lamont gets some name recognition, a jolt of grassroots fundraising, and begins to call out Lieberman in public on the issues...

    I like this race!!
    Join the Ned Lamont movement now!

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