A report coming in that Richard Blumenthal just announced he isn’t running for governor on WTIC.
CTNJ now saying the same.
He will run for yet another term as AG. And so ends yet another round of Blumenthal speculation. 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and now the 2010 cycle have all had lots of speculation regarding Blumenthal, and once again he has backed out of the race. He has done so a little later than expected, but earlier than he usually has (he waited until October, 2005, to announce his plans last time around).
Now we should expect Dan Malloy to enter the race sooner rather than later. Former Speaker Jim Amann will announce his candidacy in February, and Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has also said she will be running. Other possible candidates include Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, Comptroller Nancy Wyman and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
See my gubernatorial prospects rundown for more on the current candidates.
UPDATE: Jim Amann was quick to capitalize on Blumenthal’s withdrawal, issuing a statement praising the AG and encouraging his supporters to join “Team Amann.”