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.