Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Another GOP challenger?

A new name is being mentioned as a possible Republican challenger in the 2008 2nd District race, but it appears that the individual being mentioned isn't all that keen about the idea.

Former State Rep. Andrew Norton of Colchester is being mentioned by several as possibly being interested. Norton made a bid for the seat back in 1996, but lost the GOP nomination to Ed Munster, who was making his third attempt to defeat former Congressman Sam Gejdenson. Norton spent some time working for Gov. John G. Rowland after that, most notably as the governor's front man when the state was trying to market the old Norwich State Hospital property. He most recently served as chief of staff for House Republicans at the Capitol.

As I was leaving the Capitol yesterday following the Rob Simmons confirmation hearing, I ran into Norton and asked if there was any truth that he was considering making a run. He said although it is "a nice idea to think about," he personally wouldn't put his name on anyone's list as a possible candidate.

That's not exactly a strong no...nor an even a weak maybe. But with at least two potential challengers expected to get into the race early next month - former Groton Sub Base Commander Sean Sullivan and former Regional FEMA Director Dan Craig - Norton would need to move quickly if he were planning to get in - and he didn't strike me yesterday as moving in that direction.


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