Amann to Announce January 29th

Jim Amann will be announcing his bid for governor on January 29th–not in Milford, but at the The Klein in Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport. Amann is originally from Bridgeport.

Expect Amann, as this Only in Bridgeport post suggests, to bring up the fact that when he was Speaker, there were balanced budgets and surpluses all the time, as if he were in some way responsible for a decent economic climate, and Jodi Rell is responsible for the current nationwide economic collapse. Should be a good one.

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9 responses to “Amann to Announce January 29th

  1. Can someone please get this guy a no show job already so he’ll go away…

  2. AndersonScooper

    http://www.theklein.org/about/index.html

    The Klein seats 1,400. Meaning the anti-gay, pro-Lieberman guy is expecting a crowd of at least 800-1,000?

    Balls, or Nuts? (or a nut with balls…)

  3. Can someone please get this guy a no show job already so he’ll go away…

    Maybe you haven’t read about the schedule the Governor is required to keep?

  4. blockquote>Jim Amann will be announcing his bid for governor on January 29th–not in Milford, but at the The Klein in Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport. Amann is originally from Bridgeport.
    Amann to harp on his Fairfield County roots, presumably to cut into Malloy’s turf. He’s good for quite a few caustic sound bites, but can this really be more than a vanity run? He’s lost all leverage raising funds (which he will need in an explatory committee before public financing kicks in … if there’s any left after the Legislature sweeps the money plug the budget hole). He’s not a wonk who will inspire the leftist activists. He’s no more than a perfunctory union advocate and will have dificulty motivating that sector. He’s shown little vision on the economy and nothing that would set him apart from the “do-nothing” Rell with the business community. He lead by deferral, which was sucessful in getting into the speaker’s chair, but insufficient for landing a nomination. A nice person. I wish him well. But I’d have to think Vegas odds would put him at 200:1.

  5. Is there still no official Amann for Governor website?

    Jodi Rell could afford to run with a terrible web presence in 2006, Jim Amann cannot do the same in 2010.

  6. Maybe you haven’t read about the schedule the Governor is required to keep?

    hahaha…

    I figured Amann had no shot – civil unions, Lieberman, etc. But then I remembered that he’s probably got fairly good relationships with at least 50 or so House members. And most of them are probably well-liked within their districts.

    I recall the magic number for Guv is $250,000. If that’s the case, it’s absolutely possible for Crusher to raise that money this year. Easy? No. But…

    He probably raised $30k or more for his own races. If he could up that to $100k – time-consuming, but doable… and get 50 or so Reps to gather $2k to $3k each (again, time-consuming, but doable)… then Crusher can def raise the $250k.

    Then we (esp. CTBob) better all watch out… or he’ll crush us!

  7. Expect Amann, as this Only in Bridgeport post suggests, to bring up the fact that when he was Speaker, there were balanced budgets and surpluses all the time, as if he were in some way responsible for a decent economic climate, and Jodi Rell is responsible for the current nationwide economic collapse. Should be a good one.

    I’m not defending Amann here or anything, but I’d seriously doubt he’d say something like that.

  8. No one knows at this point what sort of campaign Amann will make. He’ll probably be a little more gentlemanly towards Gov. Rell as a campaigner than he was a Speaker of the House. We can expect him to dust of his tattered reputation as a “fiscal conservative” before and after he throws his hat in the ring. There will be a bruising primary; the state economy is in free-fall, and this, no doubt, will affect the race; and who knows Blumenthal may have wider ambitions as the state squeeze gets tighter. There are so many imponderables that any predictions at this point are useless. Democrat Party activists (progressives or liberals) haven’t determined an election in the state since Chester Bowles. A real conservative, business oriented, cautious spender could give Rell a run for her money, assuming she will want the job after the next two fiscal years have been completed. I don’t see such a political creature hiding in the bushes. But if someone wants to suggest some names, it might make for an interesting discussion.

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