Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Heads Up - Andrew Roraback Alert

According to The Hill, State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) is considering a run for the fifth district congressional seat currently occupied by Democrat Chris Murphy, who himself has announced his candidacy for Joe Lieberman's Senate seat.

When I interviewed Roraback in December on my TV show on CATV6, I asked him at the end whether he'd be interested in Murphy's seat. He was very coy and refused rule it out, adding that "you never say no."

As the article in The Hill makes clear, it's very likely that many of the Republicans who ran for Murphy's seat in 2010 will try again, including Justin Bernier and Sam Caligiuri. So the field will likely be crowded.

Roraback wants to run as a old-fashioned New England Republican — "fiscally conservative and socially moderate." But can he win a GOP primary with such a strategy, especially with Tea Party Republicans nipping at his heels?

We'll see. Andrew has been in the General Assembly for more than 15 years and is not known as a great risk taker. Last year, he flirted with the idea of running for attorney general but ultimately dropped that idea. Was he wary of the popular Susan Bysiewicz? Heck, I think he was really afraid of facing the pit bull Martha Dean in a GOP primary!

Stay Tuned.

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