Both John DeStefano and Dan Malloy hope to get back into the public eye (as much as they ever were there) this week with several high-profile campaign events.
DeStefano, for example, is formally announcing his candidacy today. For those of you who thought he had already done that, as he has been running for over a year, think again. Two events, one in Hartford and the other in New Haven, have been scheduled. DeStefano's campaign is also announcing the endorsement of U.S. Rep. John Larson.
Malloy, not to be outdone, is announcing the endorsement of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, someone we sort of knew was in the Malloy camp anyway. However, that endorsement guarantees at least an article and probably an editorial of some sort in the Hartford Courant.
Lastly, the two candidates met in Westport in a "candidate's forum" (or an agreement session) yesterday.
The two Democrats vying for the right to challenge popular Gov. M. Jodi Rell in November agreed on a variety of points, including their chief contention that getting a Democrat back in the governor's residence is long overdue. (AP)
"Democrats for Governor: Because It Really Seems Like It Has To Be Time, This Year. Right?"
In reality, few distinctions were made between the two candidates, which has been par for the course. Malloy and DeStefano. They spent most of their time attacking Rell's record and her various Moody-related troubles.
So onward the gubernatorial campaigns chug towards the convention, and the nomination of one of these two. Whoever wins the convention is likely to win any primary, should one take place (both candidates promise it will), although it's not clear just how much of an impact the Senate primary will have on the gubernatorial one.
In the end, though, whoever gets the nomination has a mountain to climb. And not the sissy kind of mountains we have around here: a real one. With rocks. Democrats' enthusiasm for the gubernatorial race is muted, to say the least, in the face of Rell's overwhelming popularity. It will be difficult to wrench energy, time and money away from congressional races and the Senate primary this year. We'll see if it can be done at all.
"DeStefano, Malloy make their case for nomination." Associated Press 20 March, 2006.