Ned Lamont’s Debate Mess Takes a Nutty Turn.
How could Ned Lamont be so confused and misleading over a straightforward issue like a debate. He told the editorial board at The Norwich Bulletin that representatives from his and rival Dan Malloy’s campaigns had not met to discuss the format and rules for a debate sponsored by The Day newspaper and WTNH/Channel 8. Trouble for Lamont is that minutes of the meeting at which Lamont and Malloy campaign officials were present have been circulated with a mixture of astonishment and glee by the Malloy campaign.
Lamont further damages his credibility on the debate over debates by saying he’d agreed to three. If that means post-convention televised encounters, then he’s still two shy. The New London debate and one sponsored by WFSB and WNPR would fill in that growing gap in gabfests. Lamont is digging in with no obvious advantage in the offing. Remaining obstinate in the pursuit of the trivial is no virtue. Lamont’s inability to manage a graceful resolution is beginning to raise questions about his judgment and competence to handle more complicated challenges.