The race for the Governor’s office in Connecticut is wide open now. M. Jodi Rell announced officially today that she would not be seeking re-election. This means that the scramble for the Republican nomination is wide open. Lieutenant Governor Mike Fedele has said privately that he intends to seek the nomination. But so has Minority Leader of the House Larry Cafero. Then there’s the senator wannabees that might take another look, such as Rob Simmons and even Linda McMahon.
For now though, it looks like Cafero and Fedele are the front runners. Both hail from Fairfield County, leaving them open to a challenge from upstate from someone like Rob Simmons, a former congresscritter.
In looking at presidential election maps, the heart of Republican leaning voters lies in Fairfield County and extends up the valley and through Waterbury. The rest of the state votes overwhelmingly Democratic except for a few spots here and there.
So far on the wires, statements from Chris Healy, Republican party chair, Nancy Dinardo, Democratic party chair, and Dan Malloy, Democratic potential gubernatorial candidate.
There are 37 Governorships open next year. And with Senator Chris Dodd facing a strong challenge from some Republican, the eyes on Connecticut will be national.