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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Simmons on 2008: I'm out


NOTE TO GOP: hit the panic button.
Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, tapped earlier this week for a new state job advocating for business interests, has confirmed that he will not try to reclaim his congressional seat in 2008 if he is confirmed by the legislature.

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Simmons' comments came after he was asked if the state position — which comes with a $75,000 salary and a mission to help businesses in their dealings in Connecticut - was a temporary stop while he recharged for a comeback attempt against Courtney, who beat Simmons by fewer than 100 votes.

"No," he replied. "When I received the nomination, my first phone call was to Joe Courtney. I announced the governor’s nomination and told him if confirmed, and the position is adequately funded, I intended to put all my time and energies towards this job. And that would obviate any run for re-election in 2008."