Bridgeport resident David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and a 2014 Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, announced on Dennis House’s Face The State (video above) that his government and private sector experience make him the strongest potential candidate for governor among the current Republican field for 2018. See Walker website here.
In an interview on House’s Sunday morning program on WFSB, Walker said the state is on the “edge of a cliff” financially. He formed an exploratory committee for statewide office on Monday.
“We are now shockingly at point where our population is declining,” Walker told House. “We were a flagship state 30 years ago now we are a sinking state.”
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, Shelton Mayor Mark Laurettii and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton are among the Republicans raising money for the 2018 gubernatorial cycle.
Walker supported former State Senator John McKinney who came up short in a 2014 GOP primary challenge against Tom Foley who lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Dan Malloy. McKinney is also among the names mentioned for a potential run for governor.
Walker told House he was encouraged to seek statewide office by a number of state business leaders unhappy with the direction of the state.
An exploratory campaign can role fundraising into a full blown candidate committee for statewide office. Raising money under Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program of publicly funded races is so labor intensive for statewide office, especially governor, it has forced potential candidates to raise money more than one year out from the election.
Malloy is likely to announce whether he will seek reelection shortly after completion of the state legislative session in June. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. are among the Democrats considering runs for governor.
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