Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fellow blogger in support of Mr. Schlesinger

Here at the Alan Schlesinger campaign we would like to take the time to ask you to read the following article written in support of our Republican nominee for the US Senate. We appreciate the encouraging words and believe you would benefit from them as well.

Alan Schlesinger's Day of Reckoning

With each passing day, Alan Schlesinger's quest for redemption does grow stronger. They can't go any lower and with any hope this will provide a lesson to many Connecticut Republicans in the fundamental laws of the political jungle.

Churchill once said, "an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last." Sadly many Republicans have adopted that tact with regard to Alan and Joe Lieberman, the man many will vote for to stop Ned Lamont from entering the world's premier debating society.

It isn't enough for some of these Vichy Republicans to vote for Lieberman, a man who voted against Clarence Thomas after telling the man to his face he was with him, a man who voted against Judge Alito, who has fought tax cuts and been a reliable stooge of the labor unions and environmentalists that want us all to ride bicycles and reprocess our facial hair into sweaters.

No, that is not enough for these disciples of Marshal Petain, many of whom have done little in recent years to elect Republicans or offer them faint praise. Many of these are the type of Republicans who bitch about a $20 raffle ticket or the color of lawn signs, but when it comes to a national race, they are now instant experts worthy of appearances on Tim Russert or Chris Matthews. The sad truth is they have broken the 11th Commandment like the vile denizens of Babylon.

These Republicans have made it their business to humiliate a loyal party man who actually wants to run for U.S. Senate, who traveled the lonesome road collecting delegates, who received a unanimous vote of the state convention and then pledged to put up $500 large of his own swag to match any contribution that met that limit.

Over the last month, town committees in Thomaston and Killingworth have rescinded their endorsements of Schlesinger, while in Wethersfield this past week, a tie vote spared him another arrow of betrayal. There are other rumblings, requiring Alan to run around to secure support that should be automatic if not motivated to play in a rare three-way battle that where no outcome is certain.

Someone has yet to tell Shy how a weak Alan Schlesinger is good for the Republican cause. It is easy to see how it is good for the Democratic cause. It should not be the job of Republicans to nominate or support Democrats who lose primaries, not matter what the impact on the Republic. If the people of this state truly believe Ned Lamont is their man, then we deserve him.

Maybe finally, that will wake the Republicans into being a party of ideals, of principles, of action, rather than appeasers or me-too Democrats who want all the goodies of incumbency but not the responsibilities of leadership.

If the Election were held today, Alan would probably receive around 22 percent of the vote by virtue of voter behavior, loyalty and closeness to Gov. Rell. 37 percent can win this election. Unaffilliated voters who are often fickle and do not make up their minds until the last 10 days of the campaign, hold the key. If Alan were permitted to be a candidate without having to watch his back for 16 hours a day, is it a stretch to see him convincing enough unaffilliated voters, Republicans and a few stray Democrats that he is a moderate, conservative and more than capable of being an effective U.S. Senator?

Let us put it another way. A candidate is introduced to you as a former legislator, a former Mayor, a lawyer without a blemish or complaint lodge against him, a gradate of the Wharton School and someone who wants to cut taxes and dust Iran if they get out of line. Is that someone that 37 percent of the people might take a marker on?

And Alan Schlesinger is not without honor. Two stories reflect that. In 1990, Alan was one of a half dozen Republicans seeking to replace John Rowland in Congress, who was running for Governor for the first time. The nominating convention came down to a murderous affair in Oxford. With the air conditioning failing at the Colonial Inn, ballot after ballot slowly whittled the competition down to Schlesinger, Steve Watson and Gary A. Franks.

Schlesinger made a fateful error, releasing delegates he thought would knock out Franks and leave him alone with Watson, an aggressive but unproven foe. Instead, the delegates moved to Franks and Schlesinger was sunk. In his hands hung the nomination and he gave it to Franks, who went on to become the first African American Republican Congressman in 50 years.

Schlesinger could have primaried, but he didn't. The same was true a few years later when he sought the 5th Congressional nomination against Mark Nielsen, a state senator from Danbury. Alan lost, had enough to legitimately primary Nielsen, but took another one for the team.

Yes, Alan has his shortcomings. We all do. All candidates do. Joe Lieberman is duplcitous. Ned Lamont is a cipher and channel for some of the worst liberal elements in this state and country. But anyone who has seen Alan campaign can see he does have it. Let's let him have it or the crocodiles will be eating well on November 8th.

Article by: Charlie Shy

-Elissa V. :)


Blogger Bill said...

If only the "conservative" republicans and talking heads gave Schlesinger decent air time he'd be way up there. but the "elitist" element want's it's cronies in there who will give unquestioning support for the war, who can insure a smooth transition back to the Clinton Crime Family, and who won't impeach Bush. That would be Mr. Lieberman. I'm in Atlanta and was against Ralph Reed. Partly because of the casino deal. But I make a big distinction between what RR did and what Schlesinger did. (See "Casino Royale" on my blog)

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