4th CD – McKinney will not run against Himes

The Stamford Advocate reports today that State Senate Minority leader John McKinney has decided not to run against Congressman Jim Himes in 2010, for the seat formerly held by his father, the late Stew McKinney, because he wants to spend more time with his children, ages 9-13.

“It is definitely my intention to run for re-election to the state
Senate,” McKinney said. “The course I’m choosing right now gives me
the opportunity to do something I love, which is to help others; be a
public servant; help the people of the state of Connecticut and at the
same time it allows me to stay at home and be the father I want to be
for my kids.”
But he wouldn’t rule out a possible campaign for statewide office next year.
“I think our state is run incredibly well by Gov. [M. Jodi] Rell and I
support her tremendously, but if I have an opportunity to stay at
home, be the father I want to be with my kids and help people out in
Connecticut in public office, that’s something I’ll look at,” he said.

McKinney isn’t saying who he will support in the run against Himes. The Advocate mentions state Sen. Dan Debicella,
R-Shelton, and Rob Russo, of Bridgeport, a former state Senate candidate as possible opponents. Another possibility is Greenwich millionaire L. Scott Frantz, who was elected to the State Senate last year. And of course, 24 year-old Will Gregory of New Canaan has already expressed an interest in challenging Himes.

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21 responses to “4th CD – McKinney will not run against Himes

  1. Come on guys pick-up the pace.

    Rob Russo already announced on onlyinbridgeport.com

  2. lamontcranston

    Rob Russo is a former State Senator, not just a former State Senate Candidate

  3. Whew! Himes dodged a bullet!

  4. Hank Morgan

    2 screwups in a single post, not bad sar

  5. This is sad news for the GOP, as I think McKinney had at least a 50% shot at regaining the seat. It’s good news for his family, though, which is important. Anyone else (Debicella? Rob Russo?) isn’t nearly the candidate John is.

  6. Don’t forget about Moccia, Boucher, Lash, Frantz and the list goes on…

  7. AndersonScooper

    Himes didn’t dodge a bullet. McKinney simply chickened out.

    And if anyone thinks Debicella can raise the amount of money you’d need to wrest that seat from Jim Himes, I’ve got two words for you, “David Cappiello”!

    As to Russo, the guy was a State Senator for all of what? Four months? Let’s hope he’s the nominal candidate.

    Me, I’m holding out for L. Scott “Skipper” Frantz …. If the guy can buy himself an enchanted yacht, why not a Congress seat?

  8. Dempsey Dem

    Scott Franz and Toni Boucher have done nothing in Hartford this session except tow the Republican line.

    What McKinney’s announcement does is send a clear message to the Republican fielde that he doesn’t think Himes can be beat, leaving the field open to a sacrificial lamb.

    While I don’t think Hime’s a shoe-in, it still is a pretty good message.

  9. johningreenwich

    Me, I’m holding out for L. Scott “Skipper” Frantz …. If the guy can buy himself an enchanted yacht, why not a Congress seat?

    Funny that when a Republican candidate, or in this case potential candidate, is wealthy he is mocked for it – another article referred to him as “millionaire Scott Frantz.” Well Dem incumbent “Sachsman” Himes is no stranger to the 7 digit bonus – why is that not mentioned?

    I believe McKinney isn’t running for the reasons he stated – because no one has more integrity than he does. And that’s unfortunate because he would have been a great candidate and he’s a Connecticut treasure.

  10. except tow the Republican line.

    That’s more than enough.

  11. AndersonScooper

    John in Greenwich,

    Let’s be clear about a couple of finer points:
    1) Himes walked away from Wall Street to work for a housing non-profit.
    2) Himes drives a late model Volkswagen, and he was too cheap to get his wife the leather package on her Prius.
    3) Himes is a Democrat, showing his commitment is not just to the country club set.
    4) Himes net worth is just a fraction of the $25,000,000 or so Skipper paid for his trophy possession, The Ticonderoga.
    5) What the hell does the “L.” in L. Scott Frantz stand for, and why won’t he just be Scott Frantz?

  12. AndersonScooper

    And guys, For whatever it maybe worth, it’s toe the line, and not “tow the line”.

  13. And guys, For whatever it maybe worth, it’s toe the line, and not “tow the line”.

    From your link:

    Sometimes this phrase is written “tow the line,” changing the meaning of the phrase from conformance with a rule to contribution to a cause or effort, as in the act of pulling something with a line, the way a canal man would along a barge canal’s towpath.

    The usage could be correct if the caucus had things they were attempting to accomplish (tow = pull), instead of simply blocking the actions of others.

  14. If Obama’s ratings keep tanking, it won’t matter who the Republicans run because they will win.

  15. 5) What the hell does the “L.” in L. Scott Frantz stand for, and why won’t he just be Scott Frantz?

    Leroy

  16. And guys, For whatever it maybe worth, it’s toe the line, and not “tow the line”.

    LOL! I noticed the same thing scooper, thanks for pointing it out!

  17. Funny that when a Republican candidate, or in this case potential candidate, is wealthy he is mocked for it – another article referred to him as “millionaire Scott Frantz.” Well Dem incumbent “Sachsman” Himes is no stranger to the 7 digit bonus – why is that not mentioned?

    You must not have read much of the coverage when Himes was running against Shays. Practically every article referred to him as “Greenwich millionaire Jim Himes”.

  18. The usage could be correct if the caucus had things they were attempting to accomplish (tow = pull), instead of simply blocking the actions of others.

    I am humbled…Youv’ve given new meaning to my ramblings.

  19. You must not have read much of the coverage when Himes was running against Shays. Practically every article referred to him as “Greenwich millionaire Jim Himes”.

    Kinda like how you “must not have read much” when you didn’t even know that Rob Russo was indeed a State Senator and he’d already announced.

    If you want ot pull the “neener, neener, boo boo” childishness, you really ought to have your own house in order first.

  20. 75% of Americans want the Fed audited. Has Jim Himes signed on yet?

    Murphy and Courtney are on it. Unsurprisingly, the classic Beltway insiders (Delauro, Larson and Joe) are all sitting on the sidelines… while Dodd openly opposes auditing the Fed.

    Transparency? Egads! We’ll have none of that on my watch. Ben Bernanke might get upset with me and make me look foolish the next time bad things happen and I have to bring him before my committee and pretend as though I have an understanding of banking.

    It’s obvious to me that Dodd represents Wall Street, not Main Street.

    And call me crazy, but those years as a card-carrying member of The Masters of the Universe club may have had too much of an impact on Himes.

  21. 75% of Americans want the Fed audited. Has Jim Himes signed on yet?

    I guess I’m in favor of auditing the fed, but man, you seem to really think that the audit is the biggest thing ever. Do you really think it’s going to make a huge impact? I mean, besides a few anti-Fed blogs and maybe an invetigation and some more internal controls? Do you seriously think there’s going to be a change the way the country conducts monetary policy because of this audit?

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