Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont launched a new attack ad on party-endorsed candidate Dan Malloy today. The radio commercial hits many topics and basically says “Malloy went negative, so here’s our side.” A similar TV ad is schedule run today as well.

The most unconvincing claim in the ad is that Lamont and Malloy have “debated 27 times” (please pick a number and stick with it) and “the next debate is Thursday.” Anyone who has followed the race at all knows that there has been exactly one side-by-side, televised debate. Two more were scheduled (in New London on News 8 and in Hartford on Channel 3 and CPTV). Lamont refused to participate in either.

The “debate” Thursday that the new negative ad cites is a chamber of commerce event in Windham with all five gubernatorial candidates at 7 a.m—there might be a microphone and a video camera. Not exactly prime time TV—the TV debates were scheduled to be shown when people could actually watch them and place the Democratic candidates side by side without the distraction of other candidates (they accepted their own TV debates).

The Malloy campaign is now out with a response to the new Lamont ad. “It’s unfortunate Ned would resort to these attacks –attacks he knows are untrue…Ned says he’s debated Dan numerous times, but they’ve had exactly one head-to-head debate on TV, and none in the closing weeks of this election when many voters are just tuning in,” said Malloy campaign manager Dan Kelly. “Ned has made a choice not to stand next to Dan on stage and let voters compare the candidates’ records and visions. The idea that Ned Lamont isn’t dodging debates is, frankly, laughable” The news release then goes on to cite different media reports about the debate issue including some by The Hanging Shad.

Kelly then addresses other accusations made in the Lamont ad including job creation and clean government

The bottom line is, if Lamont has such disagreements with Malloy and thinks the former mayor of Stamford is misrepresenting his record on jobs, corruption and experience, the he should stand right next to Malloy, get the best possible exposure (TV) and debate.