John DeStefano told Face the State that is considering running for governor again–depending on the situation in New Haven.
You can watch the video on WFSB.com. Weirdly, he mentions Ned Lamont’s name as a possible candidate. That’s the second time I’ve heard that.
So should DeStefano run again? I honestly don’t think it’s a great idea. He got absolutely crushed by Jodi Rell in 2006 (an embarrassingly large loss in a Democratic year), and I’d be surprised if many Democrats get behind him for 2010. The situation is a little different this time, of course. Public financing (or what’s left of it) will change the landscape a bit, meaning the nominee won’t find him/herself scrambling for cash after an exhausting August primary, and Jodi Rell may not be as strong as she once was.
Still, it’s very hard to see him being the nominee. It might be better for him to concentrate his energies on New Haven.
DeStefano, as always, is very interesting to listen to, especially if you care about urban policy and growth. The removal of the Route 34 highway is a particularly fascinating step, and something Hartford should watch very closely.