Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

This picture is from mid-September, when Joe parked in a handicapped spot.

Following up on Chris's post on Lieberman's caucus choice, the 'Free Enterprise Fund' is now in the state running anti-Lamont ads.  One of the largest donors to the fund is Bob Perry, the primary financial backer of the original Swift Boat for Veterans group.  Perry has well-known ties to Karl Rove, and the Free Enterprise Fund is a strong proponent of privatizing Social Security.

We'll see in a few days how many of Joe's contributors are Republicans and corporate lobbyists embedded in the right-wing machine, but it's very very clear that Joe is quietly running as a Republican while pretending to independence.  Joe's campaign just sent out a fundraising solicitation using the term 'the Democrat Party', which is a traditionally dismissive term and a code word to Republicans that Joe is with them.

The chairman of the Free Enterprise Fund is right-wing Grover Norquist wannabe named Mallory Factor, a New York based conservative who networks the financial elite on behalf of right-wing interests.  Factor is, for lack of a better word, a corrupt asshole. Here's a good example of how he buys his way out of the laws that apply to all of us.

"It's not mine, it's the city's," says millionaire banker Mallory Factor.

"But it's only in front of your house!"

So begins another induction into the CBS 2 Hall of Shame

Last summer the city installed a fire hydrant in front of Factor's Upper Eastside townhouse, a townhouse where governor Pataki and members of the Bush administration are frequent guests. But with another hydrant just 40 feet away why was this one necessary?

"Rumor has it, it was to keep people from parking in front of that building over there, to keep the front of the building free," says a neighboring doorman.

"So they would have a place for limos?" asks CBS 2's Arnold Diaz.

"For guests, when cars arrive," responds the doorman.

That's right, believe it or not, fire hydrants may have become the latest perks of New York's rich and well connected. It guarantees them a spot for their guests' limos while depriving the rest of us of valuable parking spaces.

"I have to pay to put a hydrant in front of his house and this guy can sit in his car and not get a ticket. That's what bothers me!" says a motorist.

Factor is an ultra-conservative right-wing extremist, and he's backing Joe to the hilt.  So is Bob Perry.  And you can bet that it's not because he's going to caucus with the Democratic Party.  Or according to Joe Lieberman and Ken Mehlman, the Democrat Party.

Tags: 2006, Connecticut, CT-Sen, Joe Lieberman, Mallory Factor, Ned Lamont (all tags)




Why is Ned not running a simple ad of a half-dozen shots that says:

"I'm Bill Clinton, and I endorse Ned Lamont for Senate. I'm John Kerry, and I endose Ned Lamont for Senate. I'm Chris Dodd, and I endorse Ned Lamont for Senate. I'm Hillary Clinton, and I endorse Ned Lamont for Senate. I'm Ned Lamont, and I approve this message."

I know one or two CTites who are on the fence. I think the heavy-hitters might call them home. Cheap to make, too! And shows that Ned's not some unknown who nobody trusts: the biggest names in the party endorse him.

Of course, getting Elie Wiesel to cut an ad, repeating how he recently signed a letter against torture, then showing how Lieberman voted ... that'd be a good thing. I mean, if Wiesel won't just outright endorse Lamont, given Lieberman's pro-torture vote, which would be even better. Toss him into the mix, and all the Jews would realize pretty quick that Lieberman's a k'nocker, not a mensch. Wiesel trumps the first Jewish VP candidate by an embarrassing amount, even for the more, er, tribal among us.

by BingoL 2006-10-14 04:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Ads

Those are both great ideas.

The Weisel one, I have to admit, is unconventional.  Might work better as a print ad in targeted publications.

But the endorsement ad would be huge.  You are totally right that there is a sense that the party has not fully embraced Lamont.  Overcoming that sense is critical.

by space 2006-10-14 05:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Ads JOE is a REPUG

 In the other Senate races, the opponent is a
Republican. That's the danger with Joe- will he
become a repug. If we get within even to +2, Joe
is the wildcard and will BLACKMAIL Dems. He must
be announced and attacked as the Republican
candidate for Senate from Conn. Also, the Sec. of
Defense scenario is very possible.

 What needs to be done: Clinton, Kerry,
Warner,Feingold etc. have to come out in person in
the last 2 weeks ( you pro's know more about
timing) and strongly endorse Lamont. If they don't
want to bad mouth Joe because of Joe's future
Blackmail prospects, so be it. But their support
of Ned, as a person and as the Democratic Party
Candidate has to be unambiguous and straight
forward. Hopefully, you can get reps from most
parts of the Democratic philosophical range from
lefties, to the moderate face, to the conservative
face of the Democrats. And don't let Holy Joe
scare you about using friends who represent
minorities in our Party.

Bill Clinton is VITAL for this campaign. Most
Repugs hate him already; he will not rally the
Republican base to come out and vote. Clinton
does, and will do, wonders for a strong Democratic
turnout and remind loyal Democrats who the party
faithful elected to represent their party, Lamont.

 Commercials should show heavy weight Repugs
endorsing Lieberman. Show Cheney's extravagant
endorsement, King George saying what a great guy
Holy Joe is, etc,

Show Joe as bought and owned by the Repugs, from
top to bottom.
  TOP: His endorsements from Repugs.

After 10/15, show who the donors are who are
keeping Joe afloat while he runs. Show big-wig
Repug donors, and politely label them as same.
Show contributions for Lobbyists, and especially K
STREET LOBBYISTS, who such be identified as such.

 Bottom: And who will be helping Joe's GOTV? Show
how Joe is counting on the Repug GOTV machine,
whether they are volunteers or are bought.

Joe has to be shown as a Repug in everything but
name. This race has to be shown as a race between
a Democrat and a Republican Candidate in
everything but name.

I believe one of Gore's major mistakes was not
using Bill Clinton more. Ned and the Democratic
Party need Bill Clinton in Connecticut and in
political ads for Ned and the rest of our
Congressional candidates.

Good Idea: Bill with Ned and Congressional
candidates in one big(?) commercial together so
that there is NO DOUBT who the Democratic nominees
are in this state.

by ocdemocrat 2006-10-14 05:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Ads JOE is a REPUG

Clinton has already gone on Larry King saying it would not be bad if Lieberman would get elected. He gave one weakass endorsement to Lamont.

by Pravin 2006-10-14 09:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

Mallory Factor??

Did his mother give him that name??

I swear, I wish that were a misprint.  I'd love to use that name for a character in a story.

by Dumbo 2006-10-14 05:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

Wether Loserman caucuses with the Repubs or not he'll be voting and providing cover for their wingnut agenda.

Hopefully the CT Dem voters will see this and help Lamont pull this one out.

by ab initio 2006-10-14 06:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

You're conflating two different things.  Lieberman was* not the most conservative Democrat in the Senate.  Not by a long shot.  But he was the most Republican Democrat in the Senate.  Ben Nelson votes more conservatively, but doesn't go on Faux News to badmouth the Dems constantly.  Mary Landrieux is less reliable on some issues, but doesn't spend all her time kissing Bush's imperial ass.  There's a difference between being a conservative, which is something we Democrats can work with, even if we don't always agree, and a Republican.  Republicans really aren't welcome in the Democratic party.  Decent conservatives are.

*Was, since he is no longer a Democrat at all, but rather a Conneticut for Lieberman, also known as the Ego Party.  

by libdevil 2006-10-14 06:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

"If" Lieberboy wins invite him into the Democratic caucus as the lowest ranking member.

by Liberal Avenger 2006-10-14 07:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

What if Lieberman lets it be known that he will switch and caucus with the Repugs if he's stripped of his seniority and the Senate is 50-49 Dem otherwise?  Do you recognize his seniority to take control this year, even though it means Joe will have the power to block important investigations?  Or do you say good riddance and try to win the Senate for real without him in 2008?

by NJIndependent 2006-10-14 07:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

I'd say good riddance. Dirty people can't be played with without getting dirty oneself.

by Liberal Avenger 2006-10-15 09:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

"I don't understand the irrational hatred toward Lieberman"

 It's not that Joe is one of the more conservative Democrats.  I personally have thought of Joe as centrist to liberal in my opinions of him as a Democrat.  

 The dislike for Joe is that he is the only possible Democratic Party Senator who MIGHT jump to the Repugs!

 If you haven't figured it out yet, Joe has no alligience to the Democratic Party.  Joe is for Joe, and as such, he is FOR SALE to the highest bidder.  Why do I say this?  Because Joe is hanging with repugs, getting MOST of his money from Repugs, and will be using the Repug GOTV this election.

 Let Joe promise ( like how much is that worth?),not to jump the Democratic Party for the Repugs or a federal position(to be replaced by the Repug Governor) and then maybe Joe can alienate the fears of knowledgable people who know that Joe will jump if he isn't given everything he wants.

 Simple terms:  He long does Joe have to keep hanging out with other dogs before he starts catching their fleas?  I say he already has their fleas on him.

by ocdemocrat 2006-10-14 06:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

Are you sure you mean the Free Enterprise Fund?  I don't think that's Bob Perry's group and it's not a 527, but it could be running ads.

"http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?tit le=Free_Enterprise_Fund

Bob Perry's Swift Boat group is the the Economic Freedom Fund.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?tit le=Economic_Freedom_Fund

by MarkB 2006-10-14 07:45PM | 0 recs
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Correction: you've got most of it right.  Here's confirmation from TPM, clearing up the confusion:

"Update: FEC reports this past week show that Bob Perry has also contributed $1 million to the Free Enterprise Fund, which has begun running TV ads against Ned Lamont in Connecticut."

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archive s/010366.php

The Free Enterprise Fund is a 501(c)(4), but that's a quibble.  Good catch.

by MarkB 2006-10-14 07:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

I can't stand Lieberman, but gawd, it hurts to know that Ned just dropped the ball after the primary.  When he should have been setting the terms of the debate, he let Lieberman run the press.  And, frankly, his commercials that everyone loves just suck.  Too nice, too cutesy.  

by KC 2006-10-14 08:42PM | 0 recs
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Why doesn't Daily Kos just take names and put out a list of Democrats who are unwilling to help out Lamont? Let's turn the heat on these people.

Lamont needs to turn up the heat fast.

by Pravin 2006-10-14 08:57PM | 0 recs

Irrational hatred? Pretty insulting considering I never saw you successfully counter the many arguments we have patienty presented here in many threads why LIeberman has been bad despite his scorecard. Do you even read this blog. I put up a diary. Others have. I suggest you counter at least half of the asrguments we put forth against Lieb before you go talking shit about our rationality. We take a lot of time to present our points why Lieberman is dangerous. Why Lieberman's scorecard is offset by the bipartisan cover he gives to Bush for Bush's disastrous policies, why Lieberman's consistent bashing of liberals only serves to encourage ibera bashing as the defacto national narrative. Lincoln Chafee actually critciized Bush on the war on Bill Maher in stronger terms than Liebs ever did.

Sincxe Repubs are so much on merit(snicker), shouldn't Lieberman be fired for endorsing and continuining to be unrepentant of one of the biggest financial, moral, and strategic blunders in recent american history?

by Pravin 2006-10-14 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Right-wing 527s Come into Connecticut

According to a recent poll ran by a CT newspaper, Lieberman is getting 35% of the Democratic vote while also getting around 60% of the Republican vote. If Lamont is to win, he needs to change that figure. I wonder how those Dems who vote for Lieberman are going to feel if their vote keeps the Republicans in control of the Senate?

by mrgavel 2006-10-14 11:38PM | 0 recs
Breaking Blue item of Lieberman 's dem majority

UNBELIEVABLE!!! Why aren't democratic leaders speaking up even at this point??

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc- lieberman1015.artoct15,0,4212964.story?c oll=hc-headlines-home

Lieberman can't even say it would be better if Dems regain majority and he doesnt get widely condemned as a pariah right away? Fucking unbelievable!!! If the dems use this comment to attack Liebs and say right now, if Lieb gets elected, we are stripping him of all seniority, I am pretty sure enough dems and dem leading indeps will switch because the only thing Liebs has going for a lot of them is the seniority incumbent factor.

by Pravin 2006-10-15 08:10AM | 0 recs


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