CT Dems’ Top Candidate for Governor Just Left the RaceSeptember 1, 2017
Kevin Lembo was long viewed as a potential successor to Dan Malloy. Now, he's running for a third term as comptroller instead. The only question...why?
Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) announced in a Facebook post on Thursday that he will bow out of the race for governor in 2018, and run for a third term as comptroller instead.
Lembo’s public reasoning? “Connecticut needs someone in the state comptroller’s office who they can count on as an independent government watchdog and advocate for essential fiscal and economic reform.”
But the announcement is a curious one. Just weeks ago, Lembo touted his “opening quarter record” for fundraising, saying:
“The people of Connecticut are ready for real change to get our economy moving and our government fighting for working families … I’m inspired by the energy and grassroots support I’m getting from every corner of our state.”
Some Connecticut reporters speculated on Thursday that Lembo may be bowing out because Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) is about to get in.
More on Lembo dropping out: source close to Nancy Wyman says her campaign was unaware of Lembo's plans. She's still weighing a run for gov.
— Max Reiss (@MaxReiss) August 31, 2017
— Christopher Keating (@chrispkeating) August 31, 2017
In a release, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) acknowledged the possibility that Wyman will run, and said it will be a challenge “to run on the eight year record of failures under Dan Malloy and the Democrats’ leadership.”
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