Rell convened a series of strategy sessions this week and offered at least one operative a role in a campaign for governor in 2006, the first concrete signs that Rell will seek election to the office she assumed July 1, 2004, upon the resignation of John G. Rowland.
On Friday afternoon after a speech in Stamford, Rell told reporters for the first time that her mind is set about 2006 - though she declined to elaborate. (Pazniokas)
Put those two together, and we should have an announcement some time next week.
That's when the questions will begin, such as:
1. How will she raise enough money, considering the head start her Democratic opponent will have? Does she have to raise a lot of money to win?
2. What is her economic plan for the state? Is there one?
3. Will hard core conservatives accept her? Will it matter?
4. Will the national party campaign for her? Will we see her alongside President Bush?
5. Will public perception of her change now that she is actually running for something? How will Governor Rell be different from Candidate Rell?
And so on. I think we can assume at this point that Richard Blumenthal and Kevin Sullivan are not running, and that Gov. Rell's likely opponent will either be Dan Malloy or John DeStefano. DeStefano looks like the front-runner at this point, but that could change.
It will be interesting to see what form the announcement will take, when it comes. It will also be interesting to see what sort of web presence she will establish.
The most pressing question for the governor at present is whether she'll be able to translate her current high approval ratings into votes next November. She begins in excellent position, but thirteen and a half months are an awful lot of time for that to change.
Pazniokas, Mark. "Rell's Eye Is On The Prize." Hartford Courant 24 September, 2005.