That's putting it mildly. I don't think there are many Democrats out there who are excited about the prospect of Sullivan running for governor. He did little to endear himself to Democratic voters when he was President Pro Tem of the Senate, and he's been something of a nonentity since being consigned to the Lt. Governorship, popping up only once in a while to criticize the governor before vanishing again. When Jodi Rell was Lt. Gov., she at least had that public access cable show.
Here are some choice tidbits from the article:
"What this means is I have an absolutely clear deck," Sullivan said Thursday of his ability to run for governor. "I am leaning very strongly in that direction."
"If Dick Blumenthal runs, that's going to define the race," Sullivan said. "Everyone goes away if it's Dick Blumenthal." (Pazniokas)
He's the only candidate to admit that Blumenthal, if he were to run, would have a huge advantage over other candidates. Right now Blumenthal is the elephant (donkey?) in the room for everybody else.
Rell, who turned 59 on Thursday, said she is not likely to announce her plans until after a vacation in July. The governor is hugely popular, but she has yet to assemble a campaign team or otherwise signal her intentions. (Pazniokas)
In this she kind of reminds me of George Bush the Elder, who was also loathe to assemble a campaign team or even think about the 1992 election because he wanted to focus on governing (see James Carville and Mary Matalin's book All's Fair : Love, War, and Running for President). Of course, his reluctance to focus on campaigning and his inability to campaign effectively cost him the election. I could see Rell being similarly uncomfortable with the concept of a long campaign, but she has a knack with the media and the public that George Sr. lacked.
As for Sullivan... right now his chances don't look good. One gets the feeling that he's running because he really isn't sure what else to do.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Sullivan Clears Way To Run For Governor." Hartford Courant 17 June, 2005.