Despite a series of salvos from prominent Connecticut Republicans, GOP Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger will not be dropping out, he told me today, calling the attacks "silly."
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Schlesinger, you'll remember, has been dogged for weeks by revelations about his gambling habits. First, news broke that he used to gamble under an assumed name, and once got the boot from a casino for card counting. And on Friday, The Hartford Courant reported that Schlesinger had twice been sued by casinos to collect unpaid gambling debt.
A recent Quinnipiac poll showed Schlesinger widely trailing the two Democratic candidates in a head to head match up: Joe Lieberman 68 to 15 percent and Joe Lamont 45 to 22 percent. And even though Connecticut's Republican governor has urged Schlesinger to consider dropping out, Republicans cannot force him off the ticket.
This morning, Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT), in the course of an interview during which she praised Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) as "good for Connecticut," said that Schlesinger would have "to search his soul to see if he can be a successful candidate with this personal weakness."
âIâve searched my soul," Schlesinger told me. "I did absolutely nothing wrong. Period.â