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Dec. 11, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

Gov. Jodi Rell‘s (R) “de­cision to bow out” and “not seek a second full term” will “de­mand pub­lic and me­dia at­ten­tion for a con­test that might oth­er­wise have been drowned out by the noise” of the SEN and nat’l races.

‘06 can­did­ate/Stam­ford May­or Dan Mal­loy (D): “The press was not likely to cov­er a Demo­crat­ic (primary) con­test if the gov­ernor was in it. So, for a guy like me, who rep­res­ents one tiny por­tion of this state in a me­dia mar­ket that has noth­ing to do with New Haven or Hart­ford, the chance for me to break through was im­peded. Now, it’s no longer im­peded. I’m go­ing to get cov­er­age.”

Sec/State Susan Bysiewicz (D) said Dems “are well-po­si­tioned to take back an of­fice they haven’t won since” ‘86.

Bysiewicz: “She had been a very pop­u­lar gov­ernor, and I think it is al­ways more dif­fi­cult to run when you have to go up against an in­cum­bent, par­tic­u­larly one who has been pop­u­lar. So there is a sense that the Demo­crats have an op­por­tun­ity, and I’m very pleased to be the front-run­ner among Demo­crats” (Mann, New Lon­don Day, 11/15).

Hart­ford Cour­ant‘s Bi­gelow writes, Dems “sud­denly have their best chance to win the top job” since ‘86. “The pos­sib­il­ity of win­ning has led to a lot of con­fu­sion among Demo­crats, so they’ve fallen back on a time-honored tra­di­tion: wait­ing for At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Richard Blu­menth­al (D) to do something.”

Blu­menth­al “pre­dict­ably ab­stained from the race” in Feb. “but now that Rell is gone there is sud­denly a sliv­er of hope that he might enter this race in­stead of wait­ing for that Sen­ate seat to fi­nally open up. That’s the prob­lem with Blu­menth­al; it’s been clear for a while that be­ing gov­ernor is only something he’d settle for.”

Bysiewicz “has def­in­ite gubernat­ori­al am­bi­tions. … Of the cur­rent can­did­ates, Bysiewicz is the only one to have won a statewide race, and she is known to be a tough primary cam­paign­er. I still have no idea what she thinks she would do as gov­ernor, though.”

Mal­loy “was a use­ful sort to put up against Rell next year, but now that Demo­crats ac­tu­ally have a shot at win­ning, he may find his sup­port drain­ing away to bet­ter-fun­ded, bet­ter-known can­did­ates.” Then there’s ‘06 SEN nom­in­ee/busi­ness­man Ned La­mont (D), “who has sup­port from the left wing of his party, name re­cog­ni­tion from his 2006 run and plenty of money to work with.”

“I sup­pose there are Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates, too, but they aren’t nearly as in­ter­est­ing or rel­ev­ant. … Re­pub­lic­ans are still heav­ily out­numbered in Con­necti­c­ut, after all, and without the power of in­cum­bency, the per­son­al pop­ular­ity of a Jodi Rell or a weak Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate to face off against, their chances look pretty grim” (11/15).

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