Gov. Jodi Rell (R, CT) not running for re-election.

This is interesting.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she will not seek re-election next year.

Rell made the announcement in a news conference with reporters Monday at the statehouse in Hartford.

The article indicates that her personal polling has slipped – all the way down to 59%; she was also looking at a Q-poll which had her six points ahead* her most likely Democratic rival. It’s possible that this was enough to trigger her desire to get out of political life, especially in a year that’s starting to look bad for non-conservative incumbents. Then again, it’s possible that this was enough to trigger her desire to switch political gears and enter a race where she’d end up being neither.

Note: that last is a guess.  And a very speculative one, at that.  And it may be the right guess, but the wrong election cycle…

Moe Lane

*Which tells you… pretty much nothing. Quinnipiac hasn’t been at its best this cycle.

Crossposted to RedState.

1 Comment

  • s1c says:

    Actually I think it is more like of her being in politics for 20+ years and deciding that enough is enough. She wasn’t a true conservative, but you know what she was a good govenor. If you look at state government employee growth, if she had approval it went down like 2%, the actual growth in the state employee ranks were from positions that did not go through her office which grew like 7%. So I say, well done to her and wish her a happy retirement.

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