With an "I'm in" message emailed to supporters Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his candidacy for a second term after a meeting of the State Bond Commission.
Everyone, of course, has assumed Mr. Malloy would seek re-election with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, considering his big appetite for the job. He surprised, mildly, only with the venue (the Legislative Office Building) and the timing of the announcement.
The governor has been saying he would wait until the end of the legislative session in May to unveil his plans. That was in the apparently vain hope that in the interim he would be seen as a statesman fighting for his agenda in the General Assembly rather than as a politician fighting for re-election.
He called off that game plan Friday, six weeks early, providing whatever smidgen of clarity was still formally needed in defining, at this point, the 2014 race for governor in Connecticut.
The contest on the Republican side is a free-for-all, with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former attorney general candidate Martha Dean of Avon, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield and former West Hartford councilman Joe Visconti all seeking the nomination. There could be more.
Mr. Foley was the GOP's nominee for governor in 2010, losing to Mr. Malloy by fewer than 7,000 votes.
On the Democratic side, former U.S. Senate and House candidate Lee Whitnum of Greenwich has announced her candidacy for governor. She was joined in the race Friday by Mr. Malloy.
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