The Journal Inquirer has the following news report regarding Rob Simmons and his plans for the future. In it, he indicates that he wouldn’t run against Rell for Governor, but would consider running if she decided to bow out after this term. Regarding Dodd’s senate seat, he said this:
The one-time CIA officer, who during a Journal Inquirer interview said several times that he was continuing “to look for opportunities for public service,” also acknowledged that he was considering a race against U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, a five-term Democrat.
But while Simmons suggested that Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, had been made vulnerable by the nation’s economic crisis and the disclosure that the incumbent had received special treatment from a company at the center of the collapse of the subprime mortgage industry, he also admitted to being cautious as “a Republican from a blue state.”
“New England has pretty much become a Republican-free zone,” he said. “So in this zone, the question is: What does it take for moderate Republicans to get back into the game?”
He added: “I don’t know what the future is of a Republican in Connecticut for elective office. I’ve not ruled out some sort of political race, but conditions have got to be right.
“I’ve got to see where we are,” he continued, referring to polls that show how Republicans are perceived.
Simmons would be a great candidate to run against Dodd; he would make the race a good one. He says he could have an exploratory committee formed by “the ides of March.”
H/T Genghis at Connecticut Local Politics.
Cross-posted at The Artful Doddger.