Connecticut Governor Rell Won't Seek Re-election

In a surprise, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that she will not seek re-election next year. Governor Rell, a former lieutenant governor, has been governor since 2004, when Governor John G. Rowland resigned in a corruption scandal. He served 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Governor Rell was elected in her own right to a full term four term in 2006.

From the New York Times:

Gov. M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut, who rose to the state's highest office five years ago after her predecessor resigned amid a corruption scandal, said on Monday that she would not seek re-election.

In a surprising announcement, Mrs. Rell, 63, did not immediately give a specific reason for her decision, saying only, "At some point, you know inside that it is time to begin a new chapter in life."

Her announcement came during a news conference at which she first thanked people who had helped in a food drive over the weekend.

"Second, I would like to share with you the news that -- after much soul-searching and discussion with my family -- I have decided not to seek re-election next year," Mrs. Rell said. Her family was standing nearby during the announcement, The Hartford Courant reported.

The news left the Republicans without a candidate possessing big statewide name recognition and the Democrats with an opportunity to push for the governorship in 2010.

Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, a Republican, has said that he might run for governor if Mrs. Rell decided not to seek re-election. Other Republicans, including the House minority leader, Lawrence Cafero of Norwalk, and the Senate minority leader, John McKinney of Fairfield, also have expressed interest.

Among the Democrats, Ned Lamont, a businessman who unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate three years ago, has expressed an interest in being governor.

Governor Rell is a Republican. Her approval ratings remain strong, registering at 59 percent in a September Quinnipiac University poll. Governor Rell's ratings, however, have fallen since registering mid-60s approval ratings earlier this year. The high-water mark of her stewardship  was 83 percent approval that she registered in January 2005.

Her departure opens the way for a Democratic gain. There is more on this story including video at the Hartford Courant.

Tags: Connecticut Governor Race, M. Jodi Rell, Ned Lamont (all tags)

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9 Comments

Re: Connecticut Governor Rell

Be nice if she was considering a Senate run against Liarman.

by vecky 2009-11-09 04:39PM | 0 recs
She's a Republican

But it would be nice if a Democrat wins. Then recall Lieberman before his 2012 term is up and appoint a true democrat in his place.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-09 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: She's a Republican

Is there a recall law in CT?

by Nathan Empsall 2009-11-09 06:29PM | 0 recs
Eh

It's worth dreaming about...

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-09 08:29PM | 0 recs
Re: She's a Republican

It's not constitutional to recall someone from a federal office.

by Steve M 2009-11-10 04:31AM | 0 recs
Re: She's a Republican

I would take a Republican over Liarman.

by vecky 2009-11-09 06:45PM | 0 recs
Re: She's a Republican

Agreed. Any Republican elected in CT now would be a RINO anyway. THey would vote with the Dems most of the and give us the "bipartisan" support we so desperately snark need.

by xodus1914 2009-11-09 08:27PM | 0 recs
That's bad strategy

and here's why:

Everybody hates Lieberman. Even his colleagues don't like him, and it is very rare for Senators to publicly disparage another.

I understand the sentiment that 59 democratic Senators is better than 60 democratic Senators with one lying piece of filth turncoat included, but...

Once Lieberman is ousted from the caucus repercussions and bargaining are forever precluded. the public option dies, and so does healthcare reform as a whole. The power to punish is Reid's trump card, and he's not going to play it until the very end. That is why these calls to punish Lieberman now are insane.

Yes, Lieberman is pushing Reid to see how far he can go. He probably wants to extract something from Reid. And he's probably trying to exact some revenge on progressives for mounting a democratic primary challenger. It's ugly. It intends to make Harry Reid look weak. And it's despicable. But that's Holy Joe for you.

And yes, if Lieberman really is crazy and filibusters, then he should be punished. And he will.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-09 08:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Rell Won't Seek Re-election

The first thing that went through my mind last night on seeing the news was the same: Rell is setting herself up to run against Lieberman in 2012. Is that a good thing? Maybe, maybe not; but given that she's more popular than he is, that she'll have two years out of government to burnish her rep and solidify her commitments, and that she'd rob him of the GOP crossovers he'd need to pull it out... Can a Lieberman retirement be far behind? I'm thinking no... and if he gets out, then we have a much more natural race between Rell and an actual Democrat. All around, that seems like win-win. Even Rell would amount to an improvement, and a real challenge to conservatives to accept that only someone like Rell can win in the northeast.

by nycweboy1 2009-11-10 03:22AM | 0 recs

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