Don Williams will be on Face the State this weekend, and yes, he too is interested in running for governor in 2010.
That should just about complete the Democratic field. Let’s see who we have thus far, separated into two tiers based on the likelihood of their winning the nomination:
These are the candidates who have the best shot at the nomination at the moment.
Richard Blumenthal – If he runs, many of the other contenders will drop out, though one or two might stay in to make it a race. Whether or not he will run, however, is up in the air as usual. We should find out next month.
Dan Malloy – He’s better-known than he was two years ago, and he has a decent amount of support. If Blumenthal doesn’t run, he’d start looking like the frontrunner. A likely candidate to drop out if Richard Blumenthal steps in–he at least has a job to go back to in Stamford.
Susan Bysiewicz – Don’t let her less-than-stellar performance two years ago fool you, she is capable of running a strong race. If Blumenthal runs, look for her to run for attorney general instead.
These are the candidates who are less likely to win the nomination, at least right now. Some are close to the first tier, some have little to no chance.
Jim Amann – Amann, I think, is the candidate most likely to stay in if Richard Blumenthal runs. He has absolutely nothing to lose. But even if Blumenthal stays out, it’s hard to see Amann winning the nomination right now. He is not well-known outside of political circles, and his record as Speaker is not particularly strong.
Nancy Wyman – She’s won statewide races, but is still largely unknown to the voters.
Don Williams – Take Jim Amann and make him about 20% less interesting. Williams would have to come up with compelling reasons for Democrats to follow him just to be heard.
John DeStefano – Democrats with a bad taste in their mouths from 2006 (and that’s most of them) would think twice about DeStefano. He’s better off in New Haven, where he can and does make a difference.
Again, everyone seems to be playing the same old game of Waiting for Blumenthal. We’re playing it, too. He is set to announce his future plans next month, at which point the field will become an awful lot clearer.
As for the Republicans… they’re waiting to see if Jodi Rell is serious about another run. I suspect that she is, but she’s been known to surprise us before.
Face the State‘s website has their series of interviews with all of the above, except for Williams (who is on this weekend).