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.