Bysiewicz Exploring a Run for Governor

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is poised to launch a gubernatorial exploratory committee, a fact which has apparently caused her to refer to herself in the third person first person plural (thanks to all who caught that error):

“I will be filing an exploratory committee within the next few weeks,” Bysiewicz said. “We have gotten a lot of encouragement to consider running for governor. We continue to get encouragement.” (Stannard)

Bysiewicz ran for governor during the 2006 cycle, but dropped out as fundraising sagged. She says in the article that she was not sure if Blumenthal would enter the race, and that such a volatile field a little over a year away from the election made for an uncertain race at best.

One of the notable features of her short run was the absolute logjam of Democrats who explored or announced bids for Secretary of the State. I expect some of them will resurface now.

Plus, this is yet another indication that Richard Blumenthal is going to stay in his current post. Rumor had it that Bysiewicz would run for attorney general if Blumenthal ran for governor.

Source
Stannard, Ed. “
Bysiewicz closer to run for governor
.” New Haven Register 27 January, 2009.

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20 responses to “Bysiewicz Exploring a Run for Governor

  1. “Amann said he feels confident about the nomination, having received endorsements from union and local party leaders. But he said that while the party’s diversity is a strength, primary campaigns have hurt Democrats’ chances at reclaiming the governorship.

    “We have not had a Democratic governor in almost 20 years and there’s a reason for it. It’s the same old thing we do to each other every time we run.””

    Having delusional candidates like Jim Amann don’t help much either. And wasn’t that the Royal We not the Third Person?

  2. a fact which has apparently caused her to refer to herself in the third person:

    She was actually referring to herself in the first person plural (“we”), like the Borg in Star Trek or the characters in Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem. Had she been referring to herself in the third person, she would have said “she”, or “Susan”, much like George Costanza and Bob Dole did.

    Now, if she starts saying, “You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile” then there may be reason for worry…

  3. Fixed. I plead early morning.

  4. Having delusional candidates like Jim Amann …

    Delusional?
    You’re implying our sect of state isn’t?

  5. AndersonScooper

    Be fair. We=Team Bysiewicz and Susie had a strong team last cycle until she saw the writing on the wall and wisely pulled out.

    A 3-way race between Malloy, Amann and Susie B. could go to any of the three, with of course Amann having no chance against Rell which he has already admitted on TV. (He said his hopes lie with Rell “getting tired” and Blumenthal staying out.)

    Malloy vs. Bysiewicz would make for a great fight, but somehow I see Susan pulling it out via a broader base of support.

    PS– does anyone know where Amann stands on a woman’s right to choose?

  6. AndersonScooper

    Sorry to be a broken record but I get tired of hearing the media refer to Amann as a “conservative Dem” without being clear in what ways Amann is conservative.

    Clearly Amann is not fiscally conservative, so the press must be referring to Jim as a social conservative. Is that just being anti-gay rights, or does it also include being anti-abortion.

    The hiring of the Catholic League’s former spokesperson, Pat Scully, should be a giant flag. Didn’t Bill Donahue go so far as to say John Kerry should be denied Communion because of his pro-choice politics?

  7. “A 3-way race between Malloy, Amann and Susie B. could go to any of the three”

    Really? Malloy has been running for governor since the day he lost the primary to Destefano. Amann is looked at as an idiot in most circles and Bysiewicz has such a low statewide profile and such low fundraising potential that I can’t really see her as a viable candidate. Maybe I’m wrong but I just don’t see any way Malloy does not win the nomination unless Blumenthal enters.

  8. Is Malloy going to run ads with Amman dressed in women’s clothing in the next primary, like he did to JDS last time?

  9. …… go so far as to say John Kerry should be denied Communion because of his pro-choice politics?

    The Pope has I think made similar remarks.

    They’re a tough crowd; the impression I have is that observant Roman Catholics need to walk a pretty fine line.

    It can’t be easy, instead of taking a pot shot, those that give it their all probably deserve a tip of the hat.

  10. The Middletown Press is now reporting that Bysiewicz made it official this morning.

    http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hcu-ap-bysiewicz-0127,0,2815946.story

  11. Blumenthal is pathetic.

    I wonder how long it takes him to decide what outfit to wear each morning. Or maybe his wife puts his clothes out for him so he doesn’t have to agonize over making a decision.

  12. If WE are not sure about Blumenthal or Rell, have a possibly more volatile field and are still more than a year away from the election, how are WE to decide that this presents a different politcal picture than 2006 did for Bysiewicz.

    Absent Blumenthal, another primary is a sure bet and this seems a very weak entry.

  13. Republitarian

    Bysiewicz just sent out letters telling everyone how wonderful she did with our voting system. Is that counted as campaign literature?

  14. Didn’t the SOS website crash after the Liebermann – Lamont primary?

  15. Bysiewicz… Amann… Malloy…

    Sounds like the Democrats are planning on making it an even quarter century since they have won an election for governor.

    In all seriousness, Democrats have vast majorities in the legislature, all our congressional and US Senate seats and all our state constitutional offices. Why do they constantly produce third-rate back-benchers for the gold medal race?

  16. I wonder how long it takes him to decide what outfit to wear each morning. Or maybe his wife puts his clothes out for him so he doesn’t have to agonize over making a decision.

    He has a butler to do that for him.

  17. BruceDRubenstein9

    to me,neither amann,malloy or bysiewicz are exciting 1st tier candidates. I hope the field expands.

  18. BruceDRubenstein9

    from my point of view neither amann,malloy or Bysiewicz are exciting 1st tier candidates. I hope the field of candidate choices expands.

  19. Clearly Amann is not fiscally conservative, so the press must be referring to Jim as a social conservative. Is that just being anti-gay rights, or does it also include being anti-abortion.

    On retiring, he had the worst labor voting record of any House Dem, and even opposed the income tax as a rookie legislator. He has been against glbt rights, but seems to vote mostly pro-choice.

    Really? Malloy has been running for governor since the day he lost the primary to Destefano. Amann is looked at as an idiot in most circles and Bysiewicz has such a low statewide profile and such low fundraising potential that I can’t really see her as a viable candidate. Maybe I’m wrong but I just don’t see any way Malloy does not win the nomination unless Blumenthal enters.

    I don’t think you have Susan B pegged — she is constantly making calls to practically everyone in the Democratic political world. I’ve gotten more calls back from her over the last 2 years than I have from my own State Rep, and I’m not any kind of superstar. I don’t think she has an especially passionate following, but she is seen in most circles as being pretty diligent in her efforts. She also outraised all the other statewide candidates for constitutional office except for DeStefano — she raised more than Blumenthal, Wyman, etc. So I think it’s fair to say that she’s got a pretty broad coalition out there.

  20. Susie B has spent years trying to be Gov – every night on the phone to lawyers asking for money, etc. It would also be useful to remember How she got to be secretary of State – via a hot primary where she pulled out all the stops and really dumped on her competitor just before the ballot – really nasty stuff. She knows how to rub out that memory by using the old trick of putting her children in tv ads telling everyone how wonderful and strict a monther she is — I bet . She has also been working for local political types personally – intervening when they have personal problems where the weight of the Secretary of State ‘s office comes in handly, etc etc —-

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