Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Late but not forgotten...

It's been a long day, but an interesting one to say the least. I've spent a good portion of the day today talking with Republicans trying to get a fix on who might emerge as the GOP challenger in the 2008 2nd Congressional District race.

Former Congressman Rob Simmons will not make an attempt next year to win back the seat he lost to freshman Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney in the 2006 mid-term elections. It was widely speculated that given the closeness of the race - only 91 votes separated the two out of more than 242,000 votes cast - that Simmons would be the candidate. But as noted yesterday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell is nominating Simmons to be the first-ever state Business Advocate - a four-year appointment that would complete the 10-year, self-imposed limit Simmons said he intended to put in when he was first elected to Congress in 2000.

In talking with Simmons earlier today, he said that if he is confirmed by the General Assembly, and the new office is funded at the level now being requested, he intends to devote all his energies to that.

So who then do the Republicans have to put up to challenge Courtney next year.

Some of the possible candidates are names familiar to those who watch politics. But there are also a few surprising names being bantered about as well.

Okay...a little more shameless self-promotion. The story - and a listing of those names - appears in tomorrow's Norwich Bulletin (which you can read on www.norwichbulletin.com).

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