Thursday, April 08, 2010

A strange election year indeed...

Near the end of the taping of a cable television show last week I was asked if I found this year’s election to be the most exciting one I’ve ever seen. I admitted it is certainly the most interesting, primarily because of the wide cast of characters seeking elected office.

But then, just when I thought that I’ve seen it all, along came a press release later in the week that showed me something new.

The press release was from Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury, announcing her plans to seek the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, and to primary for the number two spot on the GOP ticket.
In the 22 years I've been at the Bulletin, I don't ever recall anyone doing anything like that. First, the Lt. Governor's job is a thankless position — ask anyone who's held it — and I've never seen anyone voluntarily seek it out on their own.

Secondly, Lt. Governor candidates are usually“announced”by gubernatorial candidates who hand pick the individual they’d like to have as their running mates — usually selected because they bring the potential of more general election votes to the ticket. Wilson-Foley has no such affiliation with any of the Republican gubernatorial candidates and is apparently making an independent bid on her own to secure the number two spot.

That should make for interesting primary as she challenges the “preferred” pick(s) of Republican candidates seeking the number one spot.

Not that it can't be done. Four years ago, Mary Glassman, who is now seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, won the Lt. Governor's nomination in a primary. But Glassman was Dan Malloy's pick as his running mate and ended up running with John DeStefano when Democratic voters decided to split their votes in the primary.


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