Thursday, October 12, 2006

New TV Ad

We released a new television ad today exposing Ned Lamont’s hypocrisy on protecting jobs. You can watch it here or after the jump.

The ad focuses on claims by Ned that he knows how to run a business and meet a payroll, even though Ned laid off sixty-eight percent of his workforce while continuing to pay himself a salary of more than $500,000.

SCRIPT:

Narrator: Sixty-eight percent! According to the New York Times, that’s the percent of people Ned Lamont laid off at his cable company. Five hundred forty-six thousand dollars. That’s the salary Ned Lamont paid himself after laying them off. So, when Ned Lamont claims he knows how to run a business…


Ned Lamont: I started up a business from scratch. I know what it is to meet a payroll.

Narrator:…remember how he ran his business.

Lieberman:I’m Joe Lieberman and I approve this message.

FACTS:

* The New York Times reported that Lamont laid off 68% of his workforce. “This change in business strategy led to some layoffs, a touchy topic now that Mr. Lamont has positioned himself as the man who will represent working people in Washington. The number of employees dropped to about 40 today from a high of about 125. All have health care, but the company is not unionized.” (NYT, 8/3/06)
* The New York Times Reported that Lamont earned $546,000 in salary as chairman and chief executive. “All told, Mr. Lamont, who files his taxes separately from his wife, reported taxable income of $2.9 million last year, which included $1.7 million in capital gains and $546,000 in salary as chairman and chief executive.” (NYT, 8/3/06)


Posted by: Eric Blankenbaker on 10/12/2006 at 5:05 PM

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how many Private sector Jobs has Joe Lieberman created?


Poor Joe,He's the only person I know of who became a millionaire while NEVER holding a job other than an elected position.

How'd that happen?

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIEberman now is so far down in the gutter he can't escape. What sleaze. Joe you are a vile, disgusting, lying sack of crap. You now have begged to be slammed with the most 'negative' ads ever made that are fact based. I hope Ned, Tim, and Bill respond accordingly!

J

6:33 PM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

I just deconstructed Joe's new bag of lies over at Connecticut Bob. Check it out.

He made up a fact that he said was in the NY Times.

Those fellas over at the NYT don't take lightly to being misquoted...it'd be a shame for Joe if somehow they found out about this. ;)

6:39 PM  
Blogger SecretAgentDude said...

Here’s the fact check.

CLAIM: “68 percent…according to the New York Times that’s the percent of people Ned Lamont laid off at his cable company.”

FACT: The New York Times did not report that Ned Lamont laid off 68 percent of the people at his cable company. The Times actually reported that “The number of employees [at Lamont Digital Systems] dropped to about 40 today from a high of about 125” – but it never said that drop was due to layoffs. Why? Because they weren’t due primarily to layoffs – not even close. After 9/11 when many businesses were struggling, Lamont’s company was forced to sell some of its residential systems to other companies. While the total employment at Lamont Digital Systems declined, many of the jobs were simply moved to other companies, not eliminated. Specifically, less than one third of LDS’s employment shift cited in Lieberman’s ads were layoffs in the wake of 9/11. The majority of the other two thirds that left LDS left voluntarily (aka. for a new job, etc.). The New York Times’ reporting that LDS employed 125 people is factually inaccurate. LDS’s peak employment came in April of 2002 with 95 employees – not 125. [Source: New York Times, 8/3/06; LDS employment records]

CLAIM: ”$546,000…That’s the salary Ned Lamont paid himself after laying them off.”

FACT: Company records show Ned Lamont’s average salary since the time in question after 9/11 was $188,000 – roughly the same salary as a U.S. Senator, and far below the average salary of a CEO. [Source: Lamont Digital Systems salary records]

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who is NOT the truthful one upfront now? Joe or Eric?

BTW who is Eric? Does he exist? Or is he fictitous? You know ..... one can't sue fictitous characters ....

7:32 PM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

The Lamont campaign just issued a Cease & Desist order to Joe Lieberman and "Friends of Lieberman" to stop this outright lie from continuing to be broadcast.

You see, not only is Joe's lying confusing the campaign issues, but his lies are also potentially damaging to his business. People often get sued for that kind of thing.

Joe's a lawyer, he should know better. I guess when you're THAT desperate to hang on to your seat, you'll lie about anything.

(This Free-Speech moment was brought to you by Connecticut Bob)

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Joe ever held a job outside government? (Not that he's ever done much actual WORK at his Senate job... )

I read that Emanuel Margolis wouldn't hire him at his law firm years ago, but aside from that, I've never heard of Joe holding a job in the private sector.

2:16 AM  

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