2010 Senate/Gov News: (AL, GA,OK, CA, CT)

AL Open Gov Seat (R)

Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. today said he would seek re-election as lieutenant governor in 2010 and will not run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

GA Open Seat (R)

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D) says he will make a run for the governor’s office next year.

OK Open Seat (D)

 Rep. Tom Cole announced Monday he will not run for governor next year. “It was a close call. I thought about it long and hard,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “Strangely enough at the end, I thought Oklahoma was doing awfully well.” 

Rep. Mary Fallin already has jumped into the race on the Republican side, and former Rep. J.C. Watts and state Sen. Randy Brogdon are considering a bid. 

CA Boxer (D)

Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina said she is “seriously considering” running for public office in California next year, prompting a dig at her corporate record by her potential competitor, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

“She fired 20,000 from HP and she took a golden parachute of $20 million,” Boxer said, referring to the $21 million severance package Fiorina received when she was forced out of HP in 2005. “That says it all, I think.”

CT Dodd (D)

A two-term state senator from Waterbury who briefly ran that city after the arrest of its former mayor has became the second prominent Republican seeking to challenge U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn.

In an announcement made from his front lawn Tuesday, Sen. Sam S.F. Caligiuri, 42, a lawyer specializing in public finance issues, said he was running “to take us into the future and away from what Chris Dodd has come to represent: career politicians in power for so long and with so little accountability, that they feel they can do — or fail to do — anything they want and still get elected.”

Caligiuri’s announcement sets the stage for a showdown with fellow Republican Robert R. Simmons, the former 2nd District congressman, state business advocate, and CIA agent who confirmed last month that he would seek to challenge Dodd.