Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

I am very happy this morning to see the results of the latest Quinnipiac poll on the Democratic Senate primary race.  Greenwich millionaire businessman Ned Lamont has decisively pulled ahead of veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman.  As is my usual habit on hearing this kind of news, I wallowed in the glow of the wire reports.  

But something struck me as not quite right.  There seemed to be a strange anti-Lamont feel to the articles.

From the New York Times:

Facing his first serious challenge in 18 years as a senator, Mr. Lieberman has sought to brand Mr. Lamont as a wealthy dilettante who is trying to buy his way into office, and who is out of touch with ordinary Americans. One of Mr. Lieberman's first advertisements began: "Meet Ned Lamont. He's a Greenwich millionaire."

It seems that the Lieberman's latest desperate strategy is to dismiss Ned as a "millionaire." And I understand why, I mean could anyone imagine a millionaire being elected to the US Senate?

All these stories are a covering new Quinnipiac poll. Note the straight up descriptive intro's to the two candidates:

Momentum for Ned Lamont, the anti-war Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate, increases as he rolls to a 54 - 41 percent lead over incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

That seems pretty fair.  Ned is an anti-war US Senate candidate, and Joe is an incumbent.  

But this is how the poll is being reported in the "mainstream" media:

Hartford Courant: "Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, a political novice fueled by deep pockets and voters' outrage over the Iraq war, has extended his lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a new poll released Thursday."

CNN, via AP: "Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont opened a double-digit lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a poll released Thursday."

MSNBC, via same:  "Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont opened a double-digit lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a poll released Thursday."

It seems that Joe's anti-Ned ad campaign was quite successful in defining who Ned Lamont is.  I think that I would rather vote for a veteran than a millionaire businessman.  

UPDATE.. Maybe my whining about this on Kos has had an effect.  Hartford Courant has updated their article:  "Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, a political novice fueled by deep pockets and voters' outrage over the Iraq war, has extended his lead over veteran Sen. Joe Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut's Democratic primary, according to a new poll released Thursday."

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Re: Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

It's ridiculous, isn't it?  My friends and I have been joking about how often the media uses the equivalent "Greenwich businessman."  Somehow I don't they would lead that way if he were a "Deep River businessman" or a "Chesire businessman."  

by justinh 2006-08-03 06:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

When my portfolio fell below the $1 million mark, I was dropped off at the Massachusetts border by the Fairfield County (CT) sheriff's deputy.

by blues 2006-08-03 08:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

Ralph Nader, with about $4 million, has little to fear regarding this issue (he's from somewhere near Hartford, I think). I used to live in Litchfield County CT, too, home to Henry Kissinger. Also, they have Dick Cheney down in Greenwich (and the neighbors hate the bastard -- they were rocked by blasts for weeks during the construction of his underground bunker). When I did canvassing, I found out that half the houses are empty 11 months a year. The owners have dozens of places all over the earth.

by blues 2006-08-03 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

I'm in New Milford, right below Kent, where Kissinger lives.  I'm always on the lookout for him to start bombing Danbury or something.

by Max Friedman 2006-08-03 04:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Meet Ned Lamont: Greenwich Millionaire

Ain't personal history a bitch! I was a techie for, and lived with, two Rock and Roll bands in New Milford (I was born in New Milford Hospital, and raised in New Fairfield and Danbury). One band was on Lanesville Road, the other was on Bucks Rock Road (a very long, strange, dirt road). I will not forget the night we wrecked the Corvette. I spent the night in the New Milford jail. (I also lived way up in Canaan for a few months. You don't want to know what goes on in places like that!)

One of the bands had a predilection for harboring fugitives (biggest LSD purveyor ever). (And Marilyn Monroe had long before hidden herself in the same damn place! -- just don't ask.) The other band was led by a guy who stole motorcycles, and actually formed his own little gang in order to sell them. He became a millionaire. I went into the vastly less lucrative fields of mathematics and linguistics. Let me just leave this with the observation that -- you just haven't lived 'till you've spent three days up on STP. Then again -- for the benefit of uninitiated -- fifteen minutes on DMT would probably serve about as well.

by blues 2006-08-03 10:53PM | 0 recs
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