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Flash From The Past: Lamont Meets With Ex-CT Governor Lowell Weicker

Former Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr.
Former Connecticut Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr. Photo Credit: WFSB-TV screengrab

Governor-elect Ned Lamont of Greenwich has been speaking to past and present governors from Connecticut and other states to seek their advice.

Lamont also attended a National Governors Association conference in Colorado Springs this past weekend. The gathering was intended to be a boot camp to help incoming state chief executives prepare for their new jobs.

The Democrat lunched with lame duck Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the Nov. 6 election and later met with former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr., a Republican-turned-independent.

Lamont spoke to Weicker on Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss what he learned in the early 1990s as Connecticut's 85th governor, according to a spokesman for the transition team.

Lamont also connected with current and former governors from other states, including Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Governors Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ralph Northam of Virginia.

Lamont spoke with U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who previously served as New Hampshire’s governor.

In addition to governor, Weicker served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for President in 1980, and was critical of Donald Trump during his campaign, calling him "a total con man."

Though Weicker was a member of the Republican Party during his tenure in Congress, he left the Republican Party and became one of the few third party candidates to be elected to a state governorship in the United States on the ticket of "A Connecticut Party."

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