McKinney Goes Public With Plans for ’14 Run for Governor

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State Senator John McKinney waded into the waters of the 2014 race for Connecticut governor, by harshly criticizing Governor Dannel Malloy during an appearance on Face the State with Dennis House, set to air Sunday on WFSB-TV, Hartford.

McKinney, the Senate Minority Leader, became the second Republican to unofficially toss his hat in the ring for the ’14 contest. On Face the State last month, 2010 GOP nominee Tom Foley announced he plans to seek a rematch with Malloy, who beat Foley by only 6400 votes. Other potential candidates include House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, former Lt. Governor Michael Fedele and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Fedele lost to Foley in the 2010 primary. Boughton was Foley’s running mate after he was Fedele’s.

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During the taping McKinney said he wants to run for governor to reverse Malloy’s policies. “Governor Malloy has brought us nothing more than higher taxes and more spending…..the state is going in the wrong direction,” McKinney said. The Fairfield native, who also represents Newtown, defended Malloy’s predecessor, Jodi Rell, and blames the state’s financial crisis on Democrats, who have controlled the General Assembly for nearly two decades. McKinney blamed Malloy for raising “sales, income, and property taxes.”

If McKinney follows through with his desire to run for governor, he told me would launch his candidacy in the spring. He told me his focus now is on the people of Newtown and the legislative session. Foley also said nothing is official until he files the papers, later this year. Neither man can raise money for a campaign until they set up an exploratory committee.

You can watch the entire interview right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8303901

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We also have analysis from our Face the State analysts Duby McDowell and Brian Flaherty, and Jerrod Ferrari of the Norwalk Hour.

The four of us discussed several GOP women who could be eyeing higher office, though none has publicly expressed interest in the state’s highest office. State Representatives Penny Bacchiochi, Pam Sawyer, and Themis Klarides, along with State Senator Toni Boucher and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson are all seen as potential candidates for lieutenant governor or for one of the state’s constitutional offices.

We have two flashbacks; a look back at Mayor John DeStefano’s first day on the job and another NFL flirt with Hartford.

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Watch our interview with Tom Foley right here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/foley-setting-stage-for-2014-rematch-with-governor-malloy/

Here’s our Face the State flashback, “The Hartford Buccaneers?” http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/flashback-another-team-flirts-with-connecticut-the-hartford-buccaneers/

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10 Responses

  1. Not with the untalented mr. Jack Shannon running his campaign. Maybe he can talk George Gallo into running the race.

    Lets face it any Republican not named Tom foley will beat dano.

  2. Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
    President “Bobby”: Spring and summer.
    Chance the Gardener: Yes.
    President “Bobby”: Then fall and winter.
    Chance the Gardener: Yes.
    Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we’re upset by the seasons of our economy.
    Chance the Gardener: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!
    Benjamin Rand: Hmm!
    Chance the Gardener: Hmm!
    President “Bobby”: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I’ve heard in a very, very long time.

  3. McKinney doesn’t have a chance. The recent support for gun control may (or may not, time will tell) work in his district, but it’s not going to play well with Republicans outside the urban hubs, and that’s where the few remaining Republicans in CT mostly are. And few Democrats are going to support a Republican over the incumbent Democrat. McKinney has built himself a lose-lose situation.

  4. Hurray. Senator McKinney has the intelligence and temperment to be a great Governor.

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  6. What a great choice McKinney would be!

  7. Need to have women on the ticket!! Themis Klarides would be a great choice for Lt Governor or Secy of the State,

  8. [...] on WFSB-TV’s “Face the State,” however, Sen. McKinney made it clear that he intends to make a run at the governor’s [...]

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