Lamont Considers Gubernatorial Run

The story that’s making the rounds today is this article in the New York Times (now locked, annoyingly–more here) in which Ned Lamont suggests that he’s interested in running for governor.

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.

Consider:

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.

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52 responses to “Lamont Considers Gubernatorial Run

  1. scanman1722

    I supported Lamont in 2006 110% but I would not support him for governor. His greatest asset in ’06 was his opposition to the war but he was, sorry to say, a one issue candidate who could not compete vs. Lieberman in certain parts of the state the Dem needs to win in 2010 to beat Rell. I’m interested to see what Lamont ’06 supporters have to say about this but my guess is he a. won’t run and b. would not get as strong of support as he did three years ago.

  2. I have to give Ned credit here for his views and remarks in Paz’s piece, which sound strikingly similar to Malloy’s; specifically, the unions have to be part of the solution; we’re going to have to increase taxes; and nobody (except Malloy and now Lamont) is talking straight about these realities. Especially the Governor. And he doesn’t let the Legislature off the hook either. Not bad.

    Lack of experience running government is a minus though, not a plus. As Rell demonstrates, being electable is one thing, doing the job is something quite apart.

  3. Lamont wasn’t really a one-issue candidate–he started out that way, perhaps, but he developed distinct positions on a host of other issues.

  4. Lamont needs to decide if he cares about the Democratic Party, the State of Connecticut, or his ego. If he wants a Democratic governor, he should get behind a capable and progressive candidate. If he wants to get his name in the papers, then he can consider running for governor.

    Ned Lamont will absolutely not be the governor of Connecticut, but he can play a big role in helping us elect one. He can also be a distraction and help re-elect Rell. It’s up to him.

  5. AndersonScooper

    Despite winning the endorsement at convention last cycle, and almost 50% of the Dem primary vote, Dan Malloy was at a paltry 12% in a recent poll of only Democrats.

    How do you spin that Malloy boys?

    If Ned throws his hat in the ring, the contest for the Dem 2010 nomination will be a 2-way race between himself and Susie B. Can’t wait to see the polling.

  6. If Ned throws his hat in the ring, the contest for the Dem 2010 nomination will be a 2-way race between himself and Susie B. Can’t wait to see the polling.

    So Ned buys himself yet another nomination, drags in every Marxist he can find for his commercials assuring himself of the support of Joelle Fishman and her minions and loses to Jodi Rell 70+% / 30-%

    Yawn.

  7. For What It’s Worth, I’m Still Not Joe Lieberman!

    I’m inspired. Let the coronation begin.

  8. Lamont wasn’t really a one-issue candidate–he started out that way, perhaps, but he developed distinct positions on a host of other issues.

    I was never convinced he was even really a candidate, but if there was more than one issue……..what was it?

  9. If Ned throws his hat in the ring, the contest for the Dem 2010 nomination will be a 2-way race between himself and Susie B. Can’t wait to see the polling.

    Anderson –
    I’ve a better question for you. If Ned throws his hat in the ring, who will you be supporting?

  10. AndersonScooper

    It probably won’t be your guy Chris, even though that pains me….

  11. The two planets circling Ned are Tom D’Amore, Lowell Weicker’s major domo, and (he’s never far behind) perhaps Lowell himself. Remember, it was Weicker who encouraged Ned to run against Sen. Joe Lieberman, his old nemesis. And, by the way, of the two, it was Lieberman whose policy on the Iraq War was more reasonable. If the US had ditched Iraq last April, then Sen. Barack Obama’s time line for a full retreat, Iraq today would be a basket case, perhaps divided into three antagonistic parts, the Biden plan. President Obama sort of realized this when he chose not to dump Lieberman on the ash heap of history. Obama is not quite as wacko as some of his most ardent supporters.

    In any case, the presence of Weicker and D’Amore means, if it means anything at all, that people should not dismiss the possibility that Ned might run as governor. But he probably won’t. He’s make a great board of education member in Greenwich though.

  12. Point being, of the support that Susan is counting on to be competitive at the convention, which she must be if she wishes to pursue a primary, how much of it will go with Ned?

    There is already a well-founded skepticism about what Susan will ultimately do, reinforced by the fact that she is playing patty-cake with Rell and “keeping her options open”. As you know, a lot of people are just fed up with that worn out routine. Nobody looks at Susan and sees the next coming of Ella Grasso. And she’s not the sentimental favorite in any other sense.

    Add to that the fact of Ned’s name recognition and cred amongst the activist base, and it would be mere minutes before Susan would be folding her tent.

  13. AndersonScooper

    Hey, here’s a question. Blumenthal is running for a four year term as AG, one which he might not finish.

    If Dick somehow takes Lieberman’s Senate seat in 2012, who becomes the next AG?

    Would it be determined by gubernatorial appointment? Or would it result in a special election?

  14. AndersonScooper

    I don’t know Chris…

    What do you think Ned will poll when put up against Susie B., your guy Malloy, and Mr. 4%?

    Me, I can’t wait to see.

    And if or when your guy is suddenly polling in single digits, (after Lamont takes a chunk out of his support), could you ask him not to take the $1.25 Million in public financing?

  15. The polls are pretty academic at this point Anderson. Performance at the convention is what matters. Malloy has the advantage there. Susan’s only hope is that she can capture enough DeStefano supporters to be competitive in the convention. She then has to be prepared to say that she intends to primary Malloy. That is a very difficult case to make to sober people who know what the implications are. She’s about as credible as a certain other Constitutional you’re particularly fond of.

    And Susan will have to consider the consequences of going through all that at the cost of her SOTS seat. Meaning, if she loses the primary, she’s out of office. Not a good career move given the depth of our bench.

    But let’s say, like a snow storm in August, she were to actually go that far and win. Now, she has to run a campaign with depleted financial resources, try to reunite a divided party, etceteras, to take down an incumbent that she hasn’t bothered to differentiate herself from. In about ten weeks.

    Whatever his inner Healy really thinks about Jodi Rell, CT’s GOP Chair must get a little giddy at the prospect of Susan Bysiewicz continuing this project.

    This is what the people who are going to make the choice about our candidate at the next convention are thinking about. A Bysiewicz candidacy doesn’t add up to begin with. A Ned Lamont entrance would be the coup de grace, no doubt about it.

    But it is interesting how closely his thinking aligns with Malloy’s positions.

  16. I’ve said before I think Lamont will run. I think the real question is not whether he runs but whether he takes public financing- AND whether that decision erodes the support of his base.

    Lamont has smart people advising him but many of those same people are big believers in the system. So how does he make that choice and move forward and more importantly what will that decision do to his base?

    At the end of the day though, the candidate who opts out or who goes to the mattress is going to have a huge advantage (and when you read the language on opting out there are loopholes to play with to avoid getting other candidates timely funds).

    The new system SUCKS for a state wide primary. 1.25 m is not enough money, not when Mayor’s races in CT are going for close to 1m. The system was very well intentioned and necessary. But seriously, it was set up in the dark of night, was not well thought through and was so narrow that now its basically being rewritten by Jeff Garfield and his lawyers at the SEEC. This is going to be the a huge story in the statewide races in 2010.

  17. AndersonScooper

    LMAO–

    1.7 Million people voted for Bysiewicz in 2006. Malloy received less than 10% of that in his primary loss to DeStefano. (Yeah, Dan lost, even though he was the endorsed candidate.)

    I admire the fact that you are so eager to line up behind last cycle’s loser, but the rest of us aren’t going to blindly sign on to someone at 10-12% in the polls.

    Not to mention Susie and Ned will continue to have the best head-to-head numbers against Rell.

    Again, if and when your guy ends up in single digits, will you please ask him not to take the $1,250,000?

  18. Thomas Hooker

    Lamont will run, and he will win. The experts have underestimated Lamont all along. Though he lost the general election, take a look at the polls of a rematch with Lieberman: Lamont clobbers him. Lamont’s Democratic support has been rising steadily since ’06, as he’s proved himself to be a staunch Democrat and strong Obama supporter (chairman of Obama’s Connecticut campaign). He’s been tireless in support of Democratic candidates and issues. If he wins the primary, you can bet that President Obama will be up here multiple times to campaign for him- and Jim Himes. And Obama will bring out voters in droves.

    The notion that Lamont was a one issue candidate was always hogwash. Anyone who heard him speak knew how passionately he talked about education, about health care, about transportation. It was only the right-wing reporters parroting Republican talking points (“Steno Sue” Haigh?) that kept spewing out that line.

    Voters will remember that Lamont was absolutely right about the need to stop the Iraq War, that he was ahead of the curve about the need to free business from suffocating health care costs, and now he’s coming out very strongly with leadership on the state’s fiscal health.

    The suggestion that Lamont is a weak candidate because he hasn’t run the government before is also silly. Look at Jodi Rell: not a college graduate, a no-name representative in the General Assembly until Rowland picked her because he needed a woman as a running mate to screen his personal problems. And Rell sat there and twiddled her thumbs for eight years, oblivious to Rowland’s criminal activities going on just down the hall. If Nutmeggers can elect Rell for governor, then experience means nothing.

    Lamont has spent the past two years strengthening his ties to party officials, travelling the state, becoming involved with Central Connecticut State University as a visiting professor, helping establish a research institute on government at WestConn. He hasn’t stood still.

    And don’t underestimate the buyer’s remorse with all of those voters who chose Lieberman. And don’t underestimate the pressure on Democratic officials who backed Lieberman last time over Lamont, and want to make amends with the voters.

    Ned is a tremendous speaker, he’s got a major campaign under his belt, his Democratic opponents aren’t known across the state, and Jodi Rell will have to run on her inept management of the economy. Three terms for Jodi Rell? I don’t think it’s in the cards.

    If they give you odds on Ned Lamont, take the bet.

  19. Also to Chris MC’s point- at the end of the day to get the nomination you still need the party apparatus. And in a race where you only have 1.25 m that is going to matter a heck of a lot more than it did in 2006.

    Suzie B has worked the delegates for years and delegates all over the state know and (many) love her. She goes to every little picnic and potluck. Everyone has bid on a silent auction copy of her book at one point or another.

    Dan disappeared after his primary loss. He left people who went to bat for him without a thank you and he was non-existent across the state these last three years with respect to elections.

    I’m not saying he won’t make traction, but Democrats all over already know Susan, and feel like they do personally. I’m not sure a lot feel the same way about Dan. I’m positive they don’t feel that way about Amman. I guess to the earlier point, will they, in these economic times feel that way about Lamont?

  20. What we are all forgetting here is that Ned Lamont didn’t win that primary. Joe Lieberman lost that primary. There is a big difference here. Voters didn’t necessarily get behind Lamont because his name was Lamont. They got behind him because he was the anti-Lieberman. Hence why party activists (remember the primary numbers as someone’s previous entry stated? It was really low.

    Lamont worked very hard to stay in the good graces. I give him props for taking the time to go to Iowa. That means something regardless of if it had any effect in bolstering Dodd’s chances (obviously not. But nothing could’ve salvaged that one for him. 2004 would’ve been Dodd’s better year.)

    He grew as a candidate. But he had a piss poor operation. Field program was ehhh, communications very nice, poltical not so good, financing fantastic. He must surround himself with better people. Say what you want about the Lamont upper level staff, but there was a complete mismanagement somewhere. We’ll never know who but that actually doesn’t matter.

    They threw the majority of it at TV, which helped raise name recognition faster and shown the voters that he was the anti-Lieberman vehicle.

    Again, Lamont didn’t win. Joe Lieberman lost.

    I don’t know how Lamont would do. Depends on who he would hire as his general consulting, polling, and media firms.

  21. In any case, the presence of Weicker and D’Amore means,

    Is Tom broke again?

    If so, like another scumbag former chair he’ll talk his mark into running promising anything and everything just so long as his paycheck clears the bank.

    Life makes no sense sometimes; D’Amore had a heart attack 25 years ago or so, yet he’s still tying up valuable airspace but his chief aid who did all the work really, passed on ages ago.
    It’s a darn shame too.

    1.7 Million people voted for Bysiewicz in 2006.

    For a job absolutely no one cares about and has no impact on anyone’s life except maybe hers.

  22. You’re talking about electability, I’m talking about running the joint.

    The suggestion that Lamont is a weak candidate because he hasn’t run the government before is also silly. Look at Jodi Rell: not a college graduate, a no-name representative in the General Assembly until Rowland picked her because he needed a woman as a running mate to screen his personal problems. And Rell sat there and twiddled her thumbs for eight years, oblivious to Rowland’s criminal activities going on just down the hall. If Nutmeggers can elect Rell for governor, then experience means nothing.

    In normal cycles, you are unfortunately closer to the mark than not. But this isn’t a normal cycle. Therein lies opportunity. Not just political opportunity; not just partisan opportunity. Real opportunity for the State.

    I admire the fact that you are so eager to line up behind last cycle’s loser, but the rest of us aren’t going to blindly sign on to someone at 10-12% in the polls.

    That’s, uh, mighty generous of you, but that is not in any respect an accurate and relevant appraisal of the situation.

    I am arguing that we must focus on the problems and solutions. Bickering and dickering over irrelevant bromides, and superficial interpretations of miscellaneous statistics, gets us “four more years”.

    If instead of that we come to grips with the status quo and focus on the substance of the circumstance we’re in – and understand that experience matters, and that leadership matters – we can not only solve our problems, but take the State to a position of competitive strength that will have a material impact on the kitchen-table issues that really matter to each of us. On that basis, the best candidate for the Office is Dan Malloy.

    And, not to belabor it, but there appears to be very little daylight between Malloy’s positions and those attributed to Lamont in Paz’s NYT piece.

  23. Races are never about issues. I admire your dedication. Voters don’t generally vote on issues. They say they do and think they do, but they don’t. Maybe you and I, but not the run of the mill voter.

    I liked Malloy in 2006. I don’t know about 2010. He isn’t an attack dog. You need one to defeat Rell. Malloy comes off as soft. He can’t convey a message of leadership as well as others may. Time will tell though.

    Say what you want about it being a different cycle. Rell’s approval ratings don’t dip below 50%, we’re going to see 2006 all over again. As much as I’d like to see a Democratic Governor, it won’t happen as long as it isn’t being pointed out that Rell is a ribbon-cutting Governor.

  24. He isn’t an attack dog. You need one to defeat Rell. Malloy comes off as soft. He can’t convey a message of leadership as well as others may. Time will tell though…. it won’t happen as long as it isn’t being pointed out that Rell is a ribbon-cutting Governor.

    He’s certainly taken clear positions and attacked the current occupant. But that isn’t coming across… Interesting.

  25. I’m not saying he won’t make traction, but Democrats all over already know Susan, and feel like they do personally. I’m not sure a lot feel the same way about Dan. I’m positive they don’t feel that way about Amman. I guess to the earlier point, will they, in these economic times feel that way about Lamont?

    It’s been interesting to talk to town chairs and local electeds both inside and outside of Fairfield County…. nobody that I’ve spoken with outside the 4th CD thinks Malloy will have any real traction in their DTC in a race against Susan B. Inside Fairfield County, of course, it’s Malloy-mania — and while GC mentions that “there’s no real liberal in the race yet,” Malloy’s supporters seem convinced that his tilt right versus DeStefano was only a tactical move, not a reflection of his true ideological leanings.

    And from what I saw earlier this week, Ned wouldn’t be pitching himself as a die-hard liberal if he stepped into the gubernatorial race. (Though I consider myself to be one, and worked on staff for the guy in 06, I don’t think too many of Ned’s supporters really took him to be anything other than a sane moderate… who just happened to be running against a dangerous maniac.)

    Anyway, to my way of seeing the broader dynamic at the moment is, on the one hand, a bunch of wonky white male technocrats with a limited local base, and on the other, Susan Bysiewicz. If Ned Lamont, Scott Bates, and Gary LeBeau want to jump in, I don’t see the race changing much. Sorry, Ned.

    I think the person who would change the race the most (from those who’ve been named as prospective candidates) would be Nancy Wyman, who has both a similar statewide profile and consistent track record of political diligence to Bysiewicz, and would make a bunch of people who find Susan B to be basically acceptable think twice about who to support. Otherwise, what is Susan going to have as a floor of support — 30, 35 percent? If Wyman doesn’t get in, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Malloy try to draft her as his Lt. Gov candidate.

    Anyway, that’s how I see the state of things at the moment — sort of interesting (and rare) for me to be uncommitted in something like this, but there you have it.

  26. Connecticut Democrats, PLEASE run Lamont.

  27. Matt W said:

    Anyway, to my way of seeing the broader dynamic at the moment is, on the one hand, a bunch of wonky white male technocrats with a limited local base, and on the other, Susan Bysiewicz. If Ned Lamont, Scott Bates, and Gary LeBeau want to jump in, I don’t see the race changing much. Sorry, Ned.

    You seem to have a handle on it.

    Headless said:

    Connecticut Democrats, PLEASE run Lamont.

    Yes!
    We should live so long….then again look at the present they sent us last time, and who could ever forget old whatsisname they ran in `90 – that worked out so well for them too.

  28. Ned Lamont certainly is a politician. On February 19, he told a reporter from the New Britain Herald he was not interested in running for either senate or governor.

    http://ctlocalpolitics.net/2009/02/19/lamont-not-running/

    And now he tells Pazniokas the exact opposite? I’m confused, Ned. You don’t suddenly toy with the idea of running for elected office after dismissing it outright two weeks earlier.

  29. Leave it to my fellow Democrats to lose their heads at the thought of Ned entering the race. A few points:

    -Yes, polling shows that Lamont would be Lieberman in a rematch. But that is against Lieberman who has an approval rating the size of my pinky. That isn’t Jodi Rell. There is a big difference. So don’t say “Ned can beat Rell because he can beat Lieberman” because that is just dumb.

    -Lamont excites Democrats but not the kind we need to win the election vs. Rell. I backed Lamont in ’06 and Obama over Hillary in ’08. I am a typical, progressive Lamont supporter. But lest we forget the Democratic Party is divided between the Obama and Hillary wings. Take a look at Chris’ maps from the ’06 and ’08 Dem primaries – a Dem is going to need all the votes he/she can get to take down Rell. Ned, IMO, is not the guy even though I like him very very much.

    After I wrote the first comment on this post and left work, I was thinking about Lamont on the train home. Part of me would like to support him and get on board the next Lamont express but another part of me (the rational side) kicks in and I start to think about the above two points I just made. In the end, I doubt Lamont runs and all of this back and fourth will be pointless. But if he does run, maybe I’ll give him a second look. Maybe.

  30. The polls are pretty academic at this point Anderson. Performance at the convention is what matters.

    Really? It seems to me that the polls are much less academic than convention performance, especially since in the last go-round the convention winners lost their primaries. (Excepting Glassman, of course.)

    Will the Lt. Gov be chosen separately on the 2010 primary ballot?

  31. Ken/scanman – if you’re not a possible candidate, what you think about issues doesn’t get covered in the news. Frankly, I think that even if he’s thinking about 2012, it makes sense for Ned to raise his policy profile in the state now.

  32. Ken/scanman – if you’re not a possible candidate, what you think about issues doesn’t get covered in the news. Frankly, I think that even if he’s thinking about 2012, it makes sense for Ned to raise his policy profile in the state now.

    Agreed. But I don’t think Ned is floating his name for governor just to keep his name in the papers for another Senate run – I think he is actually thinking about running for governor……

    We all know that Ned progressed as a candidate between that first meeting in January 2006 in New Haven and Election Day but the question for serious political students in the state is what, if anything, is his future in electoral politics. I always thought his best bet would have been to take on Shays but now that Himes has that seat that avenue is closed off for now. Then it comes back to the Senate seats: Dodd is running again and, while he certainly could lose, it would be another six years before another Democrat ran for it. Lieberman? Sure, Lamont would like a rematch of that but chances are Lieberman isn’t running again. And, even if he is running, Chris Murphy and Dick Blumenthal will give Ned ample company in the “Democrats Who Want Lieberman’s Seat” category.

    So, if you’re Ned, why wouldn’t you run for governor? It could be his last shot at meaningful elected office and, before too much time passes between his last race, he has to capitalize on his base before it’s too late. Smart move if you’re Ned, not sure it would be too smart for CT Dems to follow him…

  33. Mattw –

    I’m fine with Ned or anyone raising their political profile, but don’t give us conflicting reasons.

    Peace,
    KK

  34. I’m fine with Ned or anyone raising their political profile, but don’t give us conflicting reasons.

    Also, from a practical perspective, if you don’t keep your supporters informed and involved, they won’t be there for you down the road.

  35. I’m curious as to why folks think that Susan Bysiewicz is a more serious candidate this cycle than she was in 2006.

  36. I’m curious as to why folks think that Susan Bysiewicz is a more serious candidate this cycle than she was in 2006.

    The only thing I keep hearing over and over is how she has “won a statewide race” and that somehow makes her more viable then the other two people currently in the race. I don’t buy it. Also, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone on here (or in the real world) openly supporting her. Seems like her seriousness stems from people merely thinking she is serious, not because she actually is/will be.

  37. I’m curious as to why folks think that Susan Bysiewicz is a more serious candidate this cycle than she was in 2006.

    Kool Aid??

    Mass hysteria?

    Something in the water?

    It is strange, and it seems even most Democrats are aware of her hair-trigger temper and propensity towards tirades.

    I would think that running for a higher profile office she’ll surely “go off” at some point and the video will be on Youtube in 5 minutes flat.

    That’s a potential liability that given Rell’s numbers is simply too great; but we’ve seen that party field some pathetic candidates before.
    (ie 1990 – what was that guy’s name anyway?)

    There is a reason there hasn’t been a Democratic Governor since 1990; they repeatedly ignore their better people.

  38. That’s a potential liability that given Rell’s numbers is simply too great; but we’ve seen that party field some pathetic candidates before.
    (ie 1990 – what was that guy’s name anyway?)

    Ah, Bruce Morrison.

    The only thing I remember about him is that the evening/night crew on WPLR used to make fun of him a lot.

  39. Ah, Bruce Morrison.

    The singer?

    Honestly, I can’t remember the guy at all.

    I *do* remember a friend of mine, a Democrat that “went over” to Weicker as he considered his own candidate too far out.

    He got a lot of heat from the local party but then wound up Deputy Commissioner of DMV and it was simply amazing how popular he became over-night!

  40. AndersonScooper

    Bysie didn’t fail in 2006. She just sat it out, and for good reason.

    One, she was getting out fund-raised by the big city mayors. (Now say hello public financing!)

    And two, maybe she saw that no one was going to beat Rell?

    Susie is smart, tough and forbidable. It will be interesting to see how she polls against Ned.

  41. Now that you mention it, Morrison’s ill-advised run is instructive for considering how serious Susan ultimately will be. He gave up his safe Congressional post to run for Governor. Next thing you know, he’s Ambassador to Ireland.

    Most people who’ve been around for a few years, especially those who know Susan and have been burned by this bit (last cycle is fresh in enough stalwarts’ minds “I’m running for Governor. Unless Dick runs, then I’m running for AG. But I’m definitely not running for SOTS again this time. No, wait. Yes I am. That stuff about running for AG and Governor? Nevermind. Want some wine and cheese?”) are hesitant to encourage her this time.

    The calculus becomes simple arithmetic if you ask this question: are you prepared to run and lose? If the answer to that is no, you’d rather keep the seat you’ve got, you are not a serious candidate for Governor.

  42. Now that you mention it, Morrison’s ill-advised run is instructive for considering how serious Susan ultimately will be. He gave up his safe Congressional post to run for Governor. Next thing you know, he’s Ambassador to Ireland.

    That year is a rare example though and totally different than 2010. In 1990, the Democrats were in control of both the legislature and the governorship. Similar economic woes were hurting a Dem governor (O’Neill) and so when he decided not to run for re-election, Morrison likely thought he had as good a chance as anyone to claim the seat. Had he run just against Rowland, he would have done a lot better. But throw in Weicker, a very popular figure running as an independent, and you lose a lot of Dem votes.

    The biggest gamble Susie B. faces is how long should she stay in the gov race: last time she was able to see her campaign going nowhere and got out in time to run for re-election as SotS. This time around, however, it will be harder for her to do that. And should she lose the gov primary and not enter the SotS primary, she is out of a job. Amann and Malloy do not have that problem. So unless Malloy decides to run for re-election for mayor which he won’t do, it’s a three-way (perhaps four-way) race until the primary and Susie B. cannot benefit from a drop out like DeStefano and Malloy did in ’06.

    So Morrison had an easy shot at the governorship in the sense that he didn’t go through a primary but got screwed in the general. Susie B. likely gets screwed because she’ll lose the primary and there will no such thing as a general for her.

  43. Bruce Rubenstein

    I was there when Morrison ran…..he wasnt a good candidate for Governor..he was a pretty “stiff” type personality wise and waffled on the income tax when real leadership was required.

    As to Susan….I think Chris is 100% right and hit the nail on the head…she doesnt show leadership…but does show crass opportunism by constantly refining her desires for other offices…its a real turnoff to the electorate….

    Unlike some….i am not happy with ANY of the known Dem candidates for Governor…..they are all lacking in certain areas for me.

  44. Mr. Reality

    What is Lamont going to run on …the “The war is bad!!” argument? Who is the first Dem to associate Jodi Rell with Rush Limbaugh?

  45. Bruce Rubenstein

    The Democratic candidate would be foolhardy to equate Rell with Rush.The very first rule in politics to to run,speak and act as yourself and make it “real”. It would not be “real” to equate them and the smart electorate would realize that such advocacy by a democratic candidate isnt real and would be meant to fool the electorate. Seriously, I would upon reading such BS , think that the candidate must take us for idiots. The tendency of voters would be to shy away from any candidate pushing such a stupid comparison.

  46. By way of addressing Anderson’s original comment, I’ll point out that just 19 days before the 2006 primary the Q-poll that Anderson cites – that says 12% of registered Dems know who Malloy is today – had Malloy losing to DeStefano by 20 points. 19 days later he lost.

    By 1.8 points.

    That’s the kind of candidate he is, one that can defy conventional wisdom and produce results. And both he and his campaign are better than they were then.

    More importantly to me, he is the kind of public executive who has defied conventional wisdom and produced results: lowering the crime rate and the mill rate; achieving one of the strongest municipal bond ratings in the country; and creating the kind of business environment that has his city ranked with the most dynamic metropolitan areas for small business formation and private-sector job growth.

    That is the kind of concrete results this state can look forward to with Malloy as Governor.

  47. That is the kind of concrete results this state can look forward to with Malloy as Governor.

    I more suspect that due to his lack of attention, some obscure branch of a nameless police agency would set up a sort of “Star Chamber” to deal with repeat jay walking offenders, and other hardened criminals like this.

    Malloy would be the last to even know.

  48. To Ghengis’s point- I don’t think SB is a great candidate, I think she is the best of the bunch and she has a better shot at the nomination than Malloy, Amman and poor delusional Gary LeBeau. As for Lamont, I think the jury is still out based on whether he gets in with his own money or not, as I mentioned before.

    To be honest, I don’t think any of them can beat Rell, not without spending a fortune. There is a lot of time between now and election day, but Blumenthal’s non-run does show that there are many Democrats out there who don’t yet see a weakness in Rell’s armor. Look at her approval ratings, the state is heading to 2nd world country levels of unemployment ala Russia post break up…and her approval ratings are still soaring. Maybe if people have to start standing in bread lines…

  49. Who is the first Dem to associate Jodi Rell with Rush Limbaugh?

    Funny stuff!

    That would be as inane as saying Rell is a ‘Bush Era….”

    Now it’s going to be “(Republican X) is a Limbaugh Republican”

    The new straw man.

    When you’re policies are so suspect that the majority of Americans think they won’t work, you’ve GOT to find new straw men…and fast.

  50. AndersonScooper

    Run Ned! Run!

    http://authentic-connecticut-republican.blogspot.com

    Classy ACR, very classy.

    Speaking of Rush, you give him a run for his money with an entire post devoted to calling people douche-bags and shrill bitches.

    But by all means, continue playing the gentleman here….

  51. http://authentic-connecticut-republican.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the plug!

    BTW – What’s this I hear about you moving to Meriden anyway?

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