Just when you thought Campaign 2010 couldn’t get any more interesting, former WFSB anchor Janet Peckinpaugh is now running for congress. Kevin Rennie broke the story http://www.dailyructions.com/shes-in/
Peckinpaugh worked at Channel 3 in the 1980s and 90s, coming to us from WTNH. She later worked at WVIT. Since then she created a public relations firm and recently appeared in commercials.
Peckinpaugh brings something to the table many politicians dream of: name recognition. That familiarity with voters could turn the race for the 2nd district into a horse race.
I worked with Janet for roughly three years, and we were paired to co-anchor the 5PM and 6PM newscasts in 1994. I am looking forward to when she appears on “Face the State” (as all candidates do) to talk politics.
When Janet is our “Face the State” guest, it will be a first for me. I’ve never had a co-anchor run for office, although I have interviewed former co-anchors Gayle King and Mika Brzezinski after they left Channel 3. I also interviewed former Eyewitness News reporter Jim Vicevich. All of them handled the interviews well because they had television experience. Janet has years of experience in front of the camera….asking the questions, now she will be on other side answering them.
A campaign kickoff is scheduled for next Tuesday at 11AM the State Capitol. Another announcement is set for that afternoon in Essex, where Peckinpaugh lives. Her son Alex will be home from Harvard to stand by his mother’s side.