Monte Frank has a routine when he gets into work, or hops on his bike and fastens his helmet for a long ride. He flips through his playlists—there are several—chooses one, and hits shuffle. A little Miles Davis coasts over his headphones. Then some Muddy Waters, B.B. King. The list shuffles forward to the Grateful Dead, then spits out country, Americana, and a little old-school rock.
A week out from Connecticut’s Nov. 6 election, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont is reaching into the fond recesses of his memory—not for data or talking points on the state's pension crisis and solutions for statewide debt, but for several well-loved songs that help him relax on the campaign trail.