Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont apologized Tuesday for his campaign manager's description of Waterbury as a place "where the forces of slime meet the forces of evil."

Tom Swan's comment caused a furor in industrial Waterbury, which voted overwhelmingly for Lamont's opponent, Sen. Joe Lieberman, in last week's primary.

"Look, I understand that Tom made some comments. I think they're unfortunate. We apologize for them," Lamont said on WATR-AM.

Swan said the comment was not meant to be reflective of the city. He said he was referring to former Mayor Philip A. Giordano and former Gov. John G. Rowland.

Giordano is serving a prison sentence on child sex charges, and Rowland, a Waterbury native, was forced to resign in 2004 and went to prison for corruption.

Lieberman lost the primary to antiwar candidate Lamont but is running as an independent in November.