John C. "Jack" Orchulli, the former fashion company executive from Darien who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd in 2004, is a "possible" replacement for the Republicans' 2006 Senate nominee, Alan R. Schlesinger, Republican State Chairman George Gallo said Thursday.
Gallo's comment came shortly before Schlesinger told reporters at the Capitol that he wouldn't quit the Senate race despite allegations that he is a blackjack addict who used a phony name to gamble at the state's Indian-owned casinos, including one that banned him for card-counting. (Michak)
Orchulli was invisible in 2004, and probably wouldn't fare much better than Schlesinger would in the general election. So why favor him over Schlesinger?
Apparently, the fact that he isn't Alan Schlesinger helps. Jodi Rell and George Gallo have done everything they could to derail Schlesinger's campaign. They are not going to let up in their attacks until he steps aside for someone else, like Orchulli. Schlesinger has two options: step aside gracefully now, or continue on and have to face the ire of his own party's leadership during the months ahead.
The odds are not in his favor.
Michak, Don. "Orchulli in the wings for Republicans? But Schlesinger insists he won't fold." Journal-Inquirer 14 July, 2006.