To the Editor:

I just read that Ned Lamont is refusing to debate Dan Malloy before the Aug. 10 primary. The debate at the Garde Art Center is a Connecticut tradition.

I believe I know why. He just can't do it.

I went to a live debate at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School prior to the Democratic convention. All of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates were there.

We found out for ourselves Ned Lamont cannot effectively debate. Watching and listening to him was painful.

He didn't have a grasp of various issues and, ultimately, in the end, when asked if the candidates were looking at doing a second term considering the depressed financial and job situation in the state of Connecticut, all expressed the desire to do well and be reelected -- except Mr. Lamont.

He stated he was looking at the job as a "one time gig" anyway.

The room went quiet and looks of disbelief were exchanged among the audience.

Mr. Lamont lost the votes of many that day. Those people looking at him as a possibility (based on his run against Sen. Lieberman four years ago) stated Mr. Malloy was the candidate they were going to vote for.

If Mr. Lamont doesn't have a script, he seems to falter and not be the "golden boy" his ads portray.

I am not confident he understands government and how it works for the people and I am not going to vote for someone because he can produce glossy, happy ads.

Hollywood type glam, the perfect commercials and fluff will not buy my vote. Nor will endorsements that come from country club membership.

I want the experience, intelligence, honesty and proven abilities to make the government work successfully for all of us here in Connecticut.

I have found that in Dan Malloy.

Anne Cutter

New Milford