Speaking of primary day last year, there’s an interesting article in the Stamford Advocate this morning about what Dan Malloy is up to, and the possibility of another gubernatorial run by him.
Malloy victorious at last year’s convention
The upshot? He’s doing what everybody else is doing: waiting for Dick Blumenthal to make up his mind.
Democratic insiders say they expect Malloy to try again for governor in 2010 -as long as Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is seen as the front-runner, doesn’t enter the race.
“If Dick Blumenthal enters the race, I think he pre-empts the field,” said George Jepsen, a former state Democratic Party chairman and former state senator from Stamford. “If Dick Blumenthal ends up not running, I think Dan Malloy would be the front-runner and an extremely fine candidate.”
The CW seems to be that Blumenthal would crush all comers, Malloy included. However, does anyone really know that? How would Blumenthal fare in a competitive statewide race? There’s no telling, since he hasn’t ever been in one. The CW also seems to be that no one would dare run against Blumenthal. That would be too bad, if it were the case. I suspect that support for a Blumenthal run isn’t nearly as strong as a lot of Democratic leaders like Jepsen seem to think.
One other interesting tidbit:
If a Democrat wins the White House, there’s a chance he might be tapped for a position in the administration, Malloy said.
He would have been in Washington had Al Gore won the 2000 election, Malloy said.
“We’re in the midst of a presidential election cycle,” he said. “I’ll make decisions about my future after the dust settles.” (Porstner)
That’s an interesting thing to say. I wonder what position Malloy would be tapped for? And, in that case, who would be left to challenge Blumenthal in 2010? Susan Bysiewicz? Or would she be vying with Jepsen for Blumenthal’s AG slot?
Quick Update 7:30pm: I have been told that at a recent event Blumenthal claimed that he and Malloy would be “working together” in 2010. If that’s true, the likelihood of a Malloy-Blumenthal primary is even slimmer.
The piece does mention John DeStefano, but I have a hard time seeing him coming back to do anything statewide following his absolute and utter defeat at the hands of Jodi Rell. One intriguing rumor is that DeStefano might at some point run for Rosa DeLauro’s seat, although his office denies it. He certainly has kept himself in the news lately, although I’m not sure that that’s such a good thing for him.
On the Republican side, everything is quiet. No one seems to expect Jodi Rell to run again, but there is no obvious successor either. Michael Fedele and Rob Simmons are the two possibilities that spring to my mind, although neither has made any move in that direction yet. Another might be John McKinney, newly minted Minority Leader in the Senate, although his name seems to come up more often as a successor to Chris Shays.
There’s three years until the next gubernatorial race really starts to kick into high gear. We’ll keep an eye out for more deveopments, but I suspect that we won’t really know how this one is going to shape up until after 2008 is over.
Porstner, Donna. “Malloy eyes the future while paying his debts.” Stamford Advocate 8 August, 2007.