Shelly Sindland (who is on fire) has information that Kevin Sullivan might be interested in running for Secretary of the State if Susan Bysiewicz is busy running for governor instead of running for re-election.
That’s an interesting thought. Sullivan, if you remember, was President Pro Tem of the Senate before his unwilling promotion to Lt. Governor upon the departure of John Rowland. He made an abortive attempt at running for governor in 2005, but eventually backed out when support didn’t materialize.
Back in 2005, when Bysiewicz first flirted with running for governor, a logjam of Democrats crowded the race to succeed her. They were Audrey Blondin, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, then-Rep. Evelyn Mantilla, John Nussbaum, Norma Rodriguez-Reyes and Bob Mandino. Fleischmann was considered the favorite, and raised quite a bit of money for the race. All but Rodriguez-Reyes dropped their challenges when Bysiewicz left the governor’s race to seek re-election in September, 2005, and she was handily defeated at the state convention in 2006.
Some of these names may resurface, including Fleischmann (though if he did re-enter the race with Sullivan already in, it would touch off the Battle of West Hartford. The yard signs would be huge, and everywhere). There may be plenty of other ambitious Democrats out there who have their eye on the office, which is considered a springboard to bigger and better things. After all, both Ella Grasso and Barbara Kennelly held the office.
If Bysiewicz truly does forgo re-election in order to focus on her nascent gubernatorial campaign, there will be a truly epic primary come August, 2010.