LAMONT SILENTLY SETTLED RACE BIAS LAWSUIT; MALLOY WANTS EXPLANATION

It seems in today’s political climate, even a Democratic primary between two white men in blue state Connecticut can eventually turn to race. The Hartford Courant reported that Ned Lamont was sued in 2002 by a former executive in his cable television company who claimed that he’d been mistreated because he is black.

Ronald Keene, an executive vice president of Lamont Digital Systems Inc. sued for at least $1 million, claiming he was “maliciously” fired after being denied stock, bonuses and commissions from sales activity. Lamont denied Keene’s allegation of bias as well as other claims, such as eligibility for sales commissions. The case was settled in September 2003.

But rival Dan Malloy clearly thinks the case raises many questions that deserve answers. “Here are the questions he should answer,” Malloy said.
• Why is the statement confidential?
• What did he or his company acknowledge doing?
• Were certain employees denied benefits that other employees of similar seniority and status received?
• How much money was the employee paid in order to keep quiet?
• Why does a Connecticut-based company have a corporate headquarters in the State of Delaware?
• Is there a tax benefit to doing so?

Malloy would prefer the answers come in a televised debate. Lamont’s campaign blames Malloy’s people for planting the Courant story and said the Keene lawsuit was a “one-time personnel” matter.