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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Amann and the Governor's Race

Amann files for exploratory gubernatorial run
By Brian McCready , Milford Bureau Chief
MILFORD—State House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, has put his toe in the gubernatorial waters by filing papers with the state kicking off an exploratory bid.
“We’re exploring,” Amann chuckled.
Amann said he’ll officially announce his exploratory campaign at a Jan. 31 press conference. Last month, Amann confirmed he was considering an exploratory campaign for governor.
He said he is not raising any funds yet, but will start polling soon.
Amann said state Senate President Donald Williams and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal are possible candidates.
“We’re very excited,” Amann said. “A few unions have already called me to say they are on board.” Amann said the exploratory campaign will allow him to consult with individuals to determine where he has a “chance” to garner his party’s nomination and then to win.
“This will allow us to see if we’re in for a fight,” Amann said.
Blumenthal, who is in his fifth term as attorney general, recently said he doesn’t expect most candidates to make an announcement until after the presidential election in November. While Blumenthal’s name is always linked with the governor’s race, he recently said he has “never formed an exploratory committee or announced interest” in running for the position. But Blumenthal again said individuals are talking to him about a gubernatorial run.
Rell has recently stated that she will decide sometime later this month whether she will seek re-election.
“Governor Rell is considering the formation of an exploratory committee for the 2010 gubernatorial election.
She is proud of the job she has done as governor and believes that people are pleased with the progress she has made on many issues that are important to them, including ethics, transportation, education, early childhood, health care and criminal justice,” said Rell spokesman Chris Cooper.
Amann has begun to tout his record, including 18 years of legislative experience. He said he has helped craft bills like Connecticut’s version of Megan’s Law, which has received a national award, and he has worked to increase health insurance opportunities for youths.
Amann also spoke about the recent growth of Hollywood movies being filmed in Connecticut. He also said it would be an honor to have the governor once again hail from Milford.
Three men from Milford have been governor: Robert Treat, Jonathan Law and Charles H. Pond.