Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont is poised to change his mind and debate rival Dan Malloy in a one-on-one face off. After this morning’s free-for-all Windham chamber of commerce forum that included all the candidates for governor (both Dems and Rs), Lamont seems to be moving toward reversing his strategy to avoid televised, side-by-side appearances with Malloy.
There are plenty of reasons why it would be best for Lamont to debate—he really has nothing to lose. And he is also feeling the need to defend his record as campaign advertising in the race is getting nastier.
WFSB-TV and WNPR radio are hosting debates next week—one for each party. Lamont has so far refused participate and Channel 3 has made it known that it will go ahead with an hour of air time with just Malloy (and possibly an empty podium/chair) if Lamont fails to change his mind. Stay tuned.