This week is kinda like super bowl week, but entirely for political junkies. This is the week that both the Republicans and Democrats convene up for their state conventions, where they get together to catch up under the guise of nominating who will be candidates for the state offices. Let me take a step back and say, why is this system any better than just having a statewide run off race to determine candidates. What exactly are the political parties bringing to the table? When we look closely, we see things like the city of Hartford, population circa 124k, according to Courant columnist Colin McEnroe, who in 2007 elected Mayor Eddie Perez with a vote of around 6500 from a total of 14,000 votes. Did the two party system serve Hartfrod particulary well at the municipal level? We certainly know the answer at the state level now, just look at the crap that was passed as a “balanced budget.”
But all that’s for another post. Today we check into the race to be run races.
Today Republican Gubernatorial candidate Mike Fedele announces his running mate, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
Earlier Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont announced Mary Glassman as his running mate. And Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy announced Nancy Wyman as his running mate.
All the running mates, are currently in office, and essentially running for the spot that Mike Fedele occupies as Lt. Governor. There are other candidates running for Governor who have not announced running mates. Notably Republican Tom Foley. At this rate, we might be running out of currently in office candidates who aren’t running for something else.