Jim Amann officially announced his bid for governor tonight down in Bridgeport in front of about 400 supporters. Amann in the first Democrat to officially announce his bid. That’s both good and bad. Good, in that he’s in early and can work to raise his visibility; and bad in that he just completed his major news event for this year.
Senate President Pro Tem Don Williams, however, has decided against running. He made the announcement to his caucus, then sent the following out via release:
“I shared with my caucus members today that I will not be a candidate for governor in 2010. We’re in the midst of the worst economic crisis in our lifetime. My colleagues have put their trust in me to serve as President of the Senate and I will need to devote all of my time and energy to help Connecticut meet the unprecedented challenges we face. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor to help families weather this storm and position Connecticut to emerge stronger in the future.”
Which begs the question: who is the liberal candidate in the race? A few folks we know stood outside the Klein holding signs that said things like “The Lamont Majority Says Hello,” but who will the Lamont/Obama majority of Democrats actually vote for?
Meanwhile, Jodi Rell was in Bridgeport today, but decided to skip Amann’s announcement. The political observation of the day goes to Lennie Grimaldi at Only in Bridgeport, who says of Rell:
Jodi is the Tooth Fairy of state politics. A little whiskey on those gums and all is forgiven.