He’s sounding more and more like a candidate. From Politico:
Simmons said that, if he runs, he would face a significant fundraising disadvantage against Dodd. Still, he believes he would be financially competitive enough to run a formidable statewide campaign.
“He’ll go to his pals in the banking industry and get lots of money — and I won’t have that opportunity. But I don’t believe that Senate offices are meant to be bought and sold,” Simmons said.
And from Capitol Watch:
“I’m definitely interested,” Simmons told Capitol Watch. “I’m angry about what’s going on in Washington, D.C. … I’ve worked all my life, and I’ve watched my IRA go down 50 percent, and I’m luckier than most.”
Simmons has been talking with Sen. John Cornyn, who heads the NRSC, and sounds more and more like he’s on the path to becoming a candidate. Simmons would start with disadvantages in fundraising and national mood, but as he himself said, he’s overcome such things before. In 2000, he was able to knock off another longtime incumbent whose star had fallen because he was perceived as being out of touch. Is Chris Dodd like Sam Gejdenson? Well, not quite. But there are enough parallels to make it interesting.
Simmons says he’ll make his decision by mid-March.
Also note Simmons’s swipe at the governor’s office at the end of the Capitol Watch piece, where he says he’s happy being out of state government:
“I’m a free man – out from under the influence of moody people.”