Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Rell Not Ruling Out Running in 2010

From the New Haven Register (subscription):
As she prepares to be sworn in for her first full term as governor, Republican M. Jodi Rell said Tuesday that she isn’t ruling out running again four years from now.

"I’m not going to discount that at all," said Rell. "I know some people have said right away, ‘Oh, she’ll never run again.’ Well, you never say never." (Hladky)

The rest of the interview is basically puff, but that idea is interesting. The conventional wisdom has always been that Rell would not be running in 2010--indeed, that she might be planning to leave office before then.

Puts a damper on plans for Fedele '10... if only for a little while.

Source
Hladky, Gregory. "Rell eyes inauguration, running for 2nd full term." New Haven Register 20 December, 2006.

25 comments:

Ebpie said...

Talk about being premature, she hasn’t even been sworn in for a second term yet!

Her approval ratings are high now, but it will be tough to sustain them at those levels for four more years. I don’t think the Governor would run again if she had to really fight for her job. It’s one thing to steamroll to victory over an unpopular challenger; it’s another to have to run a real race.

ken krayeske said...

Please, no, I don't think Connecticut can deal with her for four years, forget eight.

Anonymous said...

Well, Ken, get used to it. She's here for four years because an overwhelming number of voters want her. As for another four years beyond 2010, who in their right mind would speculate on that now?

Anonymous said...

Let's not get too excited here. Answering the question any other way would have made her a lame duck before she was even sworn in. Given the make up of the Legislature, there is no other way to say it if she intends to have any say about anything.

Anonymous said...

9:34- She got 65% of the vote... i know that you weren't one of them, but where i come from- that's a mandate.. rest assured she'll have alot to say.

Whether i like any of it is a different story.

Anonymous said...

Rell won the battle but lost the war. With a super majority Don Williams and Jimmy Amann now run this state and I for one say.... Thank God!

Anonymous said...

The latest rumor mill:

East Windsor First Selectwoman (and former candidate for State Treas.) to become Insurance Commissioner.

Outgoing House Minority Leader Bob Ward to get commish position at either DECD or Banking.

Outgoing Sen. Cathy Cook in line for deputy position at either DECD or DMR.

Should be announced tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Actually 10:27 the governor runs the state... and i wait with bated breath for the first time Don Williams is able to keep his entire caucus together on a veto override...

Don Pesci said...

Annon 9:34 “She got 65% of the vote... i know that you weren't one of them, but where i come from- that's a mandate…”

A mandate to do what? A mandate is an affirmation by voters of a platform announced during a campaign. A candidate says, “If I am elected, I will do a,b,c, and d. The candidate is elected my a significant majority of voters. The candidate now has a mandate to do a,b,c and d. That is what a mandate means. What is Rell’s mandate?” Fill in the a,b,c, and d for me.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:49 - Don Williams can keep his caucus together for a veto override. It's usually easier to do that in the Senate, anyway. Less people to deal with. Plus, everyone's a committee chair so they have more to lose. Acting up too much means a trip to the woodshed.

But can Jimmy Amann do it? A lot of those guys are already IN the woodshed.

bluecoat said...

Pesci: the answer/mandate is be nice, be nice, be nice and be nice!!!But I'm not sure now that reality is biting with electric rates and all that's what the voters want anymore.

Anonymous said...

In regards to any veto override -

Don't think for a moment that Rell won't take any attempt at that to the court of public opinion and don't think for a moment that Williams and/or Amann know that with Granny Rell they lose that battle 90% of the time. It better be a goddamned slam dunk for them to go the override route and they both know it.

As the saying goes, what goes up must come down. Veto overrides can certainly cause the down turn.

ALittleBitDramatic said...

Yeah, but the THREAT of the override is there and it's real. And it would be a huge public embarassment to M. Jodi if ONLY ONE of her vetos was overridden. Therefore, she'll be signing bills into law on the first go-round that she might not have done otherwise, just to be safe.

Anonymous said...

But I'm not sure now that reality is biting with electric rates and all that's what the voters want anymore.

It wasn't Rell who cancelled the special session bluecoat. Amann and Williams were asleep at the wheel on this one and even with all the huffing and puffing Dicky B has done it wasn't enough to stop it from happening "before the legislature can take the issue up".

bluecoat said...

That didn't take long!!!

Calling a special session isn't leadership - nor is finger wagging just because the Democrats have no unified proposal. What is Rell proposing that the legislature needs to consider? Was she going to tell us once they all got to the capital on the taxpayer dime? Rell has yet to even articulate the problem let alone offer a solution...She views this problem form her minority legislator position.

bluecoat said...

the only thing I can find from Rell that would provide immediate releif to my electric bill is an elimination of the utility tax surcharge. Good, the legislature can pass that in the early days of the session - make it rtroactive - and avoid the cost and fule usage of a a special session to apply the bandaid. Next, they can go to work on the problem that was kept out of the daylight until after the election - right up until the recent DPUC hearings!!!!!

bluecoat said...

and did I forget to mention that Rell isn't really nice...her style and team are rather passive-agressive if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

Thank you bluecoat, the Cliff Clavin of Connecticut Local Politics ... The less he knows about it, the more he pontificates.

bluecoat said...

there you go again 12:48 being agressive becasue Rell has been passive and not acccepted her responsibility; and trying to insult Bridgeport by making refernce to Cliff Clavin or John Ratzenberger - well I'll be...

BrassBoy said...

I'm not sure this is the appropriate thread for this post, but there is no open forum today.

As I discussed is a previous thread a few weeks(?) ago, the rumprs about the DCP Commissioner Edwin Rodriguez appear to be true.

WTIC is reporting that he is not seeking reappointment.

Anonymous said...

please run!!!! we love you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rell lost the war cause she doesn't give a crap about the rest of the Republicans. As a life long Republican I hope to God she doesn't run, it would just mean more of the same, a RINO in the Governors chair and a Democrat SUPER MAJORITY! I for one hope we get new blood like Lauretti down in Shelton is a good mayor, a good Republican and loyal! All things Jodi Rell is not!

Anonymous said...

Annon 4:46 was clearly Jim Amann

Anonymous said...

i for one think that rell can be a great governor - now that she has her own term she has the freedom to make a difference ..blaze her own trail and to be honest I dont want her to be the glitz and ritz proposal governor but the steady and ready governor - someone who sees where there are problems, listens to what the real people are seeking and finding a way to get it done. Thats leadership compared to press conf and media briefings and slick media bites - you all are correct that is not Gov Rell. Thank heavens she is the real deal and let's hope that those elected in the legislature have the common sence to listen to her agenda and work with it to refelct their ideals and leave the politics for 2009. One can only hope and I am a democrat and proud of it.

Anonymous said...

If Don Williams thinks he can count on Joan Hartley for a really tough override vote, then he knows less about Waterbury politics than Tom Swan