At first, I thought that wasn’t such a great idea, and that he might not do so well if he did run. But the more I consider it, the more I think that he would actually be able to do quite well.
There is no real liberal candidate in the race. The Democratic Party’s progressive wing doesn’t have a candidate yet. Lamont, if he did jump in, would instantly have a core group of dedicated, enthusiastic supporters to promote his candidacy. None of the other announced candidates have this.
Better for Lamont, he’s a business owner who is not even remotely connected to the political culture in Hartford. He could run as an outsider. So, too, could Dan Malloy, of course, but Malloy wouldn’t have Lamont’s star power or national standing. Lamont could also claim some credibility on economic issues, while presenting a clear contrast with Jodi Rell.
Lamont has also done something that only Susan Bysiewicz has done: he’s won a statewide Democratic primary.
Of course, whether he’d appeal to independents in a general election matchup against Jodi Rell is impossible to predict. It’s enough for now to say that if he did decide to enter the race, he’d pose a formidable challenge to Dan Malloy, Jim Amann and Susan Bysiewicz.
As an aside, it’s great to see Mark Pazniokas’s byline on another article. Just think–this could have been a Courant exclusive.
UPDATE: Let’s add him to our poll and see what happens.