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Monday, June 20, 2005

Sullivan to run for Governor


From the Hartford Courant
Lt. Gov. Kevin B. Sullivan is leaving his job as a Trinity College vice president July 1, clearing the way for a possible run for governor in 2006.

"What this means is I have an absolutely clear deck," Sullivan said Thursday of his ability to run for governor. "I am leaning very strongly in that direction."

[...]

Rell and Sullivan were thrust into their current jobs July 1 by John G. Rowland's resignation in the face of an impeachment inquiry. As a Republican and Democrat, Rell and Sullivan have been a rarity in Connecticut politics.

Rowland's departure elevated Rell, his lieutenant for all nine years as governor. As the president pro tem of the Senate, a position that made Sullivan the most influential member of the General Assembly, Sullivan automatically succeeded Rell.
Sullivan is a powerful Connecticut politician and can be a strong contender for the Democratic nomination but if Richard Blumenthal decides to make a run for the position, it's going to be hard for Sullivan to win (but fun to watch).