Politico is reporting that former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays is supporting his former colleague Rob Simmons in the race for U.S. Senate. Shays said this:
“I will be supporting Rob Simmons. We’ve had lots of conversations, and he’s been a close adviser to me and a close friend,” Shays said. “I will hopefully be making a constructive contribution to the race.”
Simmons’ most glaring weakness is that he is relatively unknown in the Nutmeg State’s most expensive media market – Fairfield County. The April 2 Quinnipiac Poll that showed Simmons with a 16 point lead over Sen. Dodd also showed that 70% of Fourth Congressional District voters haven’t heard enough about Simmons.
The endorsement means that Simmons will have one of the Fourth District’s most recognizable names introducing him to voters in that region.
But beyond the introductions, Shays was an instrumental part of the 4th Congressional District Republican Organization, the districtwide GOP group that fought political battles with Shays for more than two decades. If the CDRO is marshaled effectively for Simmons’, it will make Sen. Sam Caligiuri’s path to the Republican nomination much more difficult.