It looks like Democrat Dan Malloy has chosen Comptroller Nancy Wyman to be his running mate with an official announcement to come tomorrow (Tuesday) at the State Capitol. I mentioned the possibility of a Wyman pick four days ago, and the reasons why I felt Malloy would consider her. http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-running-mates/ A couple of fellow politicos dismissed my blog, one saying Wyman wouldn’t give up her comptroller job.
Today a few Democrats called the selection of Wyman a “game changer. ” A key Republican echoed those sentiments, by calling Wyman “a smart choice by Malloy.”
I’ll let the historians correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ll venture to guess no candidate for Lt. Governor in Connecticut history has had more statewide election victories under her or his belt.
My experience with Wyman goes beyond her two appearances on “Face the State,” in 2008 and 2009. In ’08 she talked about running for governor. You can watch that here: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/nancy-wyman-on-face-the-state-dec-14-2008/
I have seen Wyman at various charity and social events in the 18 years I’ve lived in Connecticut, and I can tell you I think she will inject some fun into the campaign. She portrayed “Ebenancy” Scrooge in a rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in the Joy for the Kids Concert to benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Wyman also modeled and danced for the “Capital Catwalk” to benefit (see above pic) “Dress for Success Hartford.”
I think the selection of Wyman by Malloy and Mary Glassman by Ned Lamont probably assured that Republicans running for governor will pick women as their running mates. The last time Republicans had an all male ticket was 20 years ago, and the last time a ticket of two GOP men won was 1970.