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CT Senate Debate Today at 1:00 pm ET

This latest ad from Ned Lamont uses Joe Lieberman's own words against him.  (More on the ad from Sirota.)  There will be a debate today among the CT Senate candidates beginning at 1 pm ET — you can get details on the debate here or watch live here.

Any doubts on where Lieberman's loyalty lies should end here:

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a lifelong Democrat and student of politics, blanked when asked if America would be better off with his party regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

A Democratic victory would immeasurably boost the influence of two Connecticut friends, U.S. Reps. Rosa L. DeLauro and John B. Larson, and provide a counterbalance to the Republican Senate and White House.

"Uh, I haven't thought about that enough to give an answer," Lieberman said, as though Democrats' strong prospects for recapturing the House hadn't been the fall's top political story.

He was similarly elusive about the race for governor. Is he voting for John DeStefano Jr., a Democrat and mayor of the city where Lieberman has lived since the 1960s?

"I'm, uh, I'm having," he stammered, then laughed and said his decision would remain private….

"Running as an independent, as you well know, was not my first choice," Lieberman said Friday in an interview. "I honestly now look at it as a kind of, oh, I don't know, a blessing."…

"I am fighting to change the way things are done in Washington. There is too much partisanship and not enough problem-solving," Lieberman said. "There's too much political game-playing and not enough patriotism."

I'd say that is Joe Lieberman giving a big F-U to the Democratic establishment, sucking up to the GOP consituency on which he is now dependent to pull out a win on November 7th and to whom he will owe a debt of gratitude. Any questions as to whether Karl Rove and his cronies are the sort of folks who do favors for free without negotiating beforehand exactly what favors will be expected in return? Any doubts at all?

You know who deserves the vote of the people of Connecticut?  This man — Ned Lamont:

In less than 30 days, the people of Connecticut will face a choice.

It’s a choice that’s bigger than party or politics – a choice that asks you to think hard about where this country has been and where you believe it should go.

America, after all, is a dream that does not happen on its own. It takes the hard work of its people, the concern of its citizens, and the courage of its leaders.

In my travels around this state, I have witnessed that hard work in the struggles of middle-class families trying to make ends meet, and I have seen that concern on the faces of full-time workers who still can’t pay their bills, of parents who wonder why their children are fighting a war without end, and of people who don’t understand why no one in Washington is listening.

Because for all the American people are doing to keep this country strong, it is only our leaders in Washington who seem to be missing in action. Health care costs skyrocket, gas prices rise, jobs disappear, terror spreads, but only Washington remains stubbornly still – or worse, going in the wrong direction.

This is the Washington of George Bush and Joe Lieberman. It is the Washington they have defended together, the Washington they have protected together, and the Washington they will settle for if you give them the chance.

If you like this Washington, if you think that it’s serving you well – if you believe that this is the best America can do – then you have yourself an experienced candidate in Joe Lieberman who will give you six more years of the status quo.

But if you’re tired of the same – the same broken promises, the same failed leadership, the same can’t-do, small-time politics year after year after year, then you have another choice on November 7th.

I entered this race not because I’m a career politician looking for a job, but because I’m a concerned citizen looking for a change. I grew up listening to lively political debates at the dinner table, and it’s led me to serve my community by standing up for what I believe and fighting for a different direction when things aren’t going right.

. I may not have the experience that comes with sitting in Senate committee hearings or listening to lobbyists peddle their pet projects, and I’m proud that I’ve never taken a dime of their special interest money in my life.

But I do have the experience of building a business from scratch, working in my community, listening to my fellow citizens, and sharing your concerns that this country desperately needs leaders who will stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about the people they’re supposed to represent. And that’s the experience I’ll bring to Washington if you give me the chance.

As a business owner, I know what it’s like to balance a budget and provide health care for employees when the costs keep rising every day. I have seen the challenges facing our education system from a school that can’t afford to provide after-hours programs for its kids. And I have looked into the eyes of a mother who has only asked why – why this war, why her son, why the same failed strategy that’s taking more sons and daughters from more mothers with each passing day….

Ned Lamont is going to be a fantastic Senator for the great state of Connecticut. But he could use your help to win — even five bucks is a statement that you believe in Ned, and that you want him fighting for CT — and all of the rest of America — in the Senate. Feel free to visit our Blue America page and let Ned know that we're fighting for him in these last few, critical days before election day on Nov. 7th.

The Journal-Inquirer reports today that a BFF of Karl Rove is backing a conservative 527 group that has started airing anti-Lamont commercials in CT.  I don't know what it is about Mr. Swift Boat Robert Perry and his weird use of names that include the letters "E" "F" "F" — but this group is called the "Free Enterprise Fund"  (not to be confused with the other current 527 Perry-backed conservative hit group "Economic Freedom Fund" which has been running ads in WV and other states where Democratic legislators were on the Tom DeLay get even list — Perry and DeLay are also BFF.  Nice crowd you are hanging with, there, Lieberman.  Taylor has a great story on EFF today at the Patriot Project.)

Ned needs your help to combat these GOP smarm tactics.  Don't let the swift boaters and the GOP money men control the debate in CT — help Ned fight back.  Every little bit helps!

Or let one of our other Blue America candidates know you support them as well — at this stage, your five or twenty or fifty bucks could mean the difference between getting a mailer out or not — every little bit helps to get out the vote.  And every vote we get puts us that much closer to accountability for the Bush Administration. 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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