The label “Liberal Democrat” isn’t exactly a helpful thing for a candidate to have around one’s neck in 2010, and newly declared candidate for Governor Ned Lamont seems to know this. When asked if he still considers himself a “Liberal Democrat,” he said no, I’m a “Progressive Democrat.”
Lamont is our guest on Face the State this Sunday. During the taping, Lamont talked about the extremely tough job he will face if elected to succeed Governor Rell. The state is in an economic crisis and the next Governor will be forced to make some unpopular decisions. In fact, some are speculating the next Governor will soon be so unpopular, there won’t be a second term, much like Governor Lowell Weicker.
I’ll save the details for Sunday, but Lamont told us he is opposed to the resurrection of tolls, but supports lifting the ancient blue laws that ban the sale of liquor on Sundays. In a lenghty exchange with WNPR’s Jeff Cohen he also would also not rule out raising taxes or implementing new ones.
Also, Paul Hughes of the Waterbury Republican American grilled Lamont on the unions of state workers and whether they will have to make concessions to help balance the budget.
We also asked about whether Speaker Chris Donovan and Senate President Don Williams should keep their jobs since they, like Governor Rell have been at the wheel during this crisis.
Lamont also promised to focus on the state’s troubled cities and wants an end to jobs and companies fleeing for the suburbs.
See you at 11AM on Sunday.