Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dan Malloy and Ned Lamont will finally face off in a “debate” tomorrow (Tuesday) night on NBC-Connecticut, Channel 30 at 7 pm. Anchor Gerry Brooks will moderate a rather restrictive format in which each candidate will each have 60 seconds to answer a question at which point Brooks will decide whether a rebuttal is warranted.

Brooks is a veteran and can certainly be counted on to be absolutely fair but the more restrictive the format, the more Lamont is off the hook. Any sort of depth to the discussion of the most serious issues facing the state favors Malloy, the more experienced and tested candidate. Lamont has a history of answering anything he wants regardless of what question was asked.

The forum is an important one as Malloy won the party endorsement by a nearly 2 to 1 margin at the convention but Lamont leads by double-digits in the polls after spending millions of dollars of his own money on television ads over the past few months. Malloy just recently went up with his first TV ad of the campaign this weekend. He and his running mate Nancy Wyman have qualified for public financing. The race is on.