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.
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."