Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Farr Running For Attorney General

The Republican underticket continues to solidify with the announcement that Rep. Robert Farr (R-West Hartford) is running against Richard Blumenthal.
State Rep. Robert Farr, R-West Hartford, will announce Tuesday that he plans to run for attorney general against Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Republican spokesman said.

Farr is scheduled to make a formal announcement at noon at the state Capitol. (AP)

Realistically, Farr has little chance against someone as popular as Blumenthal. In fact, none of the members of the Republican underticket so far are particularly well-known outside GOP circles (with the possible exception of Farr and maybe Cook).

Still, it's a stronger ticket than 2002.


"Farr Announces Bid For Attorney General." Associated Press 16 May, 2006.


mod.dem.like.jfk said...

While Blumenthal has near universal name rec., he also has a good amount of people out there who are tired of him. Particularly in business.

I don't know how much money Farr can raise on his own, but I'd bet he has an easier time than you'd think. I (obviously) don't think he wins, but I wouldn't be suprised if money alone made this closer than the blowout that you'd expect.

Genghis Conn said...

Could be. I also expect Rell to give a lot more support to her underticket than Rowland ever did for his. If she runs away with this thing (far from certain) she could carry one or two of them in with her.

disgruntled_republican said...

The hole idea behind the stronger underticket is to make sure she DOES run away with this thing.

bluecoat said...

DG: I am not all that sure about Farr being able to take on Blumenthal. Martha Dean who took him on last time was a pretty savvy lady and nobody seemed to even take note. Farr just seems to be bush league if you ask me.

KerryGuy said...

Martha Dean was a nonentity who found a niche taking legal fees out of environment clean-up funds. She had no name recognition, no legal gravitas, and pitiful fundraising. There's alot that can be said about Farr, but he is no lightweight. He was the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee and has won a bunch of close races in a Democratic district. I don't think he ever raised a ton of cash, but he should do okay on that end expanding it outside his legislative district. I don't think he can win, but he should get a judgeship out of the deal.

disgruntled_republican said...


By no stretch of the imagination am I saying that Farr will win however I do think he can raise enough money to make it closer than you think as mod.dem.like.jfk eluded to. I am simply saying that Farr is much more well known than Martha Dean and Cook is much more well known than the no-show candidate the Republicans had 4 years ago. They are both Republicans in districts where it will clearly help Rell.

With Farr, as kerryguy stated, he is by no means a lightweight. The guy knows his stuff and will put up a good fight.

bluecoat said...

OK fine!

But how about the casualties the Iraq War is bringing to the mental health of the men and women in our military exposed here in the Hartford Courant today

blueper said...

Depending on who the repubs find to replace Farr, this certainly should help Beth Bye. Found a interview of her on a blog, for those who are interested.


disgruntled_republican said...

As I stated under a different post, I wouldn't be shocked if Kevin Connors, who ran against Harris when Sullivan went to LT Governor and lives in the 19th, runs for the seat in Farr's place.

bluecoat said...

Here is the link to the full series in the Courant on the mental health challenges for the military in Iraq.

Weicker Liker said...

The 19th AD Convention is tonight.

West Hartford Republicans may be blindsided with Bob Farr's announcement.

A WHRTC member did not know about Farr until I told her.

MikeCT said...

The 19th House District is now Beth Bye's to lose! She is popular and was the top vote getter in West Hartford in the last couple elections. The WH Republicans are disoriented and divided. (Frankly, I thought both Jonathan Harris and Kevin Connors were pretty colorless, if very polite to one another.)