Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Jepsen to explore running for Attorney General

Blumenthal's Plans Still Unknown

Former Democratic state chairman and 2002 Lt. Governor candidate George Jepsen is planning to form an exploratory committee for a possible run for Attorney General next year.

This move adds new fuel to the speculation surrounding current Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who has been touted as a possible candidate for governor next year. Jepsen spoke to Blumenthal before filing papers:

"[Blumenthal] was comfortable with it. He gave me a green light to go ahead," Jepsen said.
"I believe there is a legitimate possibility or even a probability [Blumenthal] will not seek a fifth term as attorney general," Jepsen said. (Pazniokas)

Huh. Is it possible that, after all this time, Blumenthal is finally going to run for governor? Blumenthal was, as ever, not forthcoming.

Blumenthal said Monday he has no definite timetable for making a decision about 2006.

"I wish him well," he said of Jepsen. "It puts no pressure on me." (Pazniokas)

I'll still believe it when I see it, but this is a huge step forward for Blumenthal. If he enters the race, he'll be the immediate Democratic front-runner, and he'll have the best chance of any Democrat to win the governorship since Bill O'Neill.

I'm not sure that's enough for Blumenthal to toss his hat in the ring, but it may very well be the last chance he'll have to do so.

Source Pazniokas, Mark. "Jepsen Weighs Attorney General Bid". Hartford Courant 12 April 2005.


DeanFan84 said...

I'm not sure about Blumenthal as Governor. For one thing, I have pretty much committed myself to John DeStefano. ($250 later, Dick has a lot of nerve to try and jump in now!)

However, I feel Blumenthal would make a great Senator. There is only one real question for everyone concerned about taking back Congressional seats, and the Governor's mansion. Who would be better at the top of the ticket? Traitor Joe, or the man with real integrity?!!


tkd27 said...

I like Blumenthol. I'll support him in either race, though I'm with you in hoping he goes after Leiberman, just because Joe is a bigger threat to me than Rell.

Anonymous said...

I am angry at Blumenthal! This is the third gubernatorial campaign that he's half stuck his foot into, then pulled it back out. He can't commit and it hurts everyone. He has frozen democratic fundraising dollars for those in the race and if we hadn't noticed, Rell's numbers are strong and we'll need all the fundraising dollars that a democrat can get their hands on.

Blumenthal is hurting himself but more importantly, he is hurting the party by not committing!

Indian2Nighthawk said...

i'm not at all pissed with the attorney general. his lack of committment has allowed john destefano a chance to show us all who the most qualified candidate for governor really is. check him out at www.destefanoforct.com or at his blog, www.blogforct.com.

he's the real deal and if it takes the attorney general failing to make a move for him to get the attention he deserves, so be it.

Anonymous said...

With Jepsen's announcement, other candidates for the 2006 election will begin or announce. This is sure begin town committee fights all over the state, ideally, not a position to begin local races.