Sign Up

For the latest Connecticut news, straight to your inbox.

View Privacy Policy

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.