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Posted By: GUEST,Woody
12-Aug-06 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: So how about that Connecticut election?
Subject: RE: BS: So how about that Connecticut election?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Lamont

Ned Lamont grew up in Syosset, New York, and is the heir to the fortune of his great-grandfather, Thomas W. Lamont, who was a partner of the banking and finance firm J. P. Morgan & Co. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972, Ned Lamont earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1976 and a Masters of Public and Private Management from what is now known as the Yale School of Management in 1980. He began his career working for a small newspaper in Ludlow, Vermont.

Lamont then entered the cable television industry, managing the startup of Cablevision's operation in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 1984, he founded, and is currently president and chairman of, Lamont Digital Systems, a builder and operator of advanced telecommunications networks for college campuses and residential gated communities, with over 150,000 subscribers. The company's finances are private, though it currently has 35 employees, down from 100 in 2001.

Before running for the U.S. Senate, Lamont was elected and served as selectman in the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, for eight years (two terms), chaired the state investment advisory council, and served on many civic boards. Lamont unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat in 1990, finishing in third place.
   
Family

Lamont and his wife, the former Ann "Annie" Greenlee Huntress, a venture capitalist, have three teenaged children. Anne Lamont seconded her husband's nomination at the Connecticut Democratic Convention in May 2006. Their 18-year-old daughter, Emily, Harvard class of 2009, has campaigned frequently for her father across Connecticut, introducing him at various events. Her effort to vote for her father in the primary failed, as her ballot was rejected since she had not registered as a Democrat. Her younger siblings, sister Lindsay and brother Teddy, have generally remained out of the spotlight.

Lamont is the great-grandson of former J.P. Morgan & Co. Chairman Thomas W. Lamont, and has a self-reported net worth valued between $90 million and $300 million and the grandnephew of Corliss Lamont who was a director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1932 - 1954.

On July 17 the Waterbury Republican-American reported the assessed value of Lamont's Greenwich home was $30 million. His father, Ted (Edward M. Sr.), was an economist who worked with the Marshall Plan which helped reconstruct Europe after World War II. He later served in the Nixon administration in Housing and Urban Development. Ted Lamont is now an unaffiliated voter, having last voted for a Republican in 1988. Since then he has voted Democratic. He told The Hartford Courant that "Eastern Moderates no longer have a place in the GOP."

His mother, Camille Buzby "Buz" Lamont, was born in Puerto Rico, the daughter of an American salesman (a Quaker veteran of World War I) and a Catholic missionary. She speaks fluent Spanish but never taught Ned.

2006 U.S. Senate campaign

Democratic Primary Results Candidate         
Ned Lamont         146,587         51.79%
Joe Lieberman         136,468         48.21%

Lamont began looking into a potential run against Lieberman around February 2005. In March 2006, Lamont officially announced his campaign for United States Senate against Lieberman. As of July 19, 2006, Lamont has spent over $2.5 million of his own personal fortune on his campaign. Also, Lamont pledged not to take money from lobbyists. In early 2006, Lamont received the backing of former independent Connecticut Governor and Republican U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker, who was unseated by Lieberman in 1988.

Lamont has portrayed himself as a more progressive alternative to Lieberman. His campaign is mostly supported by progressive activists, including MoveOn.org, which donated $251,156 from its contributors to the campaign