Ned Lamont, according to this article published in the Day, is still thinking about running for governor next year.
I hope he does get in, though not necessarily because I’d want him to win (I currently don’t have a favorite candidate in the race at all), but because he’d bring a much-needed media spotlight on the neglected governor’s race.
Let’s be honest, Chris Dodd’s race is going to suck all the air out of the room again, much like Joe Lieberman’s troubles did during the last gubernatorial cycle. The result was a rather lackluster and vague campaign on the part of the incumbent. Jodi Rell didn’t need to do much to win big. People were focused on national issues, and the gubernatorial race never made much of an impression. Her formless, unfocused but incredibly strong popularity carried her through (i.e., people liked her, but might have had trouble explaining what she’d done in office to earn their vote). The same thing could happen again, and it shouldn’t. The attention a well-known figure like Lamont would bring could put this race back in people’s minds, where it belongs. Dan Malloy, Jim Amann and Susan Bysiewicz may be able to do that, eventually, but none of them would get the kind of instant attention Lamont would.
There’s probably many months between now and when Lamont and Rell will make up their minds about whether to run, so we’ll have plenty of time to speculate. Connecticut could really use a high-profile governor’s race, though–it’s been far too long.