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Another Possible 2020 Presidential Candidate Comes to Ned Lamont’s Aid

September 12, 2018 By Staff
Another Possible 2020 Presidential Candidate Comes to Ned Lamont’s Aid

A west-coast governor spent time with Lamont on Monday, via tele-town hall.

On Monday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont held a “tele-town hall” with a west coast governor who’s considered a possible 2020 presidential candidate.

“I’ll be joined by @JayInslee, the Governor of Washington state, for a tele-town hall tonight at 8 PM,” Lamont tweeted on Monday afternoon. “We’ll discuss the importance of this year’s election and what’s at stake for Connecticut and the nation.”

Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D-Wash.) willingness to help Lamont makes sense on at least one front: Inslee is the current chair of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and as chair Inslee is responsible for helping more Democrats get elected governor. Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) held the position of chair in 2017.

On another front, though, Inslee may be making these calls to get on future governors’ good sides ahead of a possible presidential run.

Axios reported just last week that Inslee is not ruling out a 2020 run:

Inslee, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, is emerging as a leading progressive politician and critic of President Trump. CNN included him as a potential 2020 contender, and he also went to Iowa — the magnet for politicians who see a future president in the mirror — earlier this year.

Inslee is not even the first potential 2020 presidential candidate to jump in to the Connecticut gubernatorial race, though.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) gave her endorsement to Lamont in August:

And Connecticut’s own Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has been all-in for Lamont for some time now.