Bill Curry has stated that he won't, in fact, be running for the Democratic nomination in the 5th congressional district this year, despite sending some mixed signals to Fred Lucas of the News-Times and others.
"I have no plans to seek public office at this time," he said. "But I don't feel as if I'm done with electoral politics. There's just a lot going on in my life right now that requires my attention."
Curry's denial came in response to an unusual challenge from Republican State Chairman George D. Gallo, who had insisted in a statement that the Democrat finally "come clean" about his political intentions. (Michak)
Curry's non-candidacy plus the departure of Paul Vance means that Sen. Chris Murphy, barring something unforseen, will be the nominee in a race that has already attacted national attention.
All three of the congressional seats held by Republicans in Connecticut are in play this year, according to election observers. Of those, only the 5th District isn't a rematch of an earlier race.
Michak, Don. "Curry says there'll be no rematch with Johnson in 5th Congressional race." Journal-Inquirer 22 February, 2006.