Gambling Debts for US Senate Candidate Revealed


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July 22, 2006 – Republican Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger confirms he paid $28,000 to settle two lawsuits over casino gambling debts he put up in Atlantic City back in 1990 and 1994. It’s the second time Schlesinger’s had to come forward and talk about his gambling. Earlier this month, the Republican acknowledged that he used an alias when he gambled at Foxwoods casino.

“I’ve pledged to put a half-million dollars into this race, matching other donations as they come in, up to a half-million. Obviously if I had a gambling problem I don’t think I’d be able to put a half-million dollars of my own liquid resources into this campaign. It’s kind of silly.”

The Hartford Courant reported that Boardwalk Regency Corp., owner of Caesar’s Palace, sued Schlesinger in 1989, claiming he owed $8,800. Schlesinger settled the case the following year by paying Caesar’s $10,211, an amount that included interest, according to New Jersey court records obtained by the newspaper.

Records show Trump’s Castle filed a lawsuit in 1993 claiming Schlesinger owed $13,500. He paid $18,016 to settle that case, records show. Schlesinger, a lawyer, former state lawmaker and ex-mayor of Derby, has trailed both Democrats Lieberman and Ned Lamont in recent polls.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed that in a matchup with Lieberman, Schlesinger trailed the senator 68 percent to 15 percent. In a matchup with Lamont, Schlesinger also trailed, 45% to 22%. The poll of 2,502 registered Connecticut voters had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The Connecticut Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country. Lieberman, a three-term incumbent, is facing a stiff challenge from Lamont, a millionaire who has sharply criticized the moderate senator for supporting the war in Iraq. Democrats in Thursday’s poll gave Lamont a narrow edge over Lieberman. Lieberman has said he will petition his way onto the November ballot if he loses the Aug. 8th primary.

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