Former congressman Rob Simmons is once again a candidate and back in the race for the U.S. Senate after a two month hiatus, during which challenger Linda McMahon has inched up in the polls against Dick Blumenthal.
During a taping of “Face the State,” Simmons explained why he is back on the scene less than three weeks before the primary. The Stonington Republican told me was encouraged to get back in the race by countless supporters and perhaps most importantly, former Governor Lowell Weicker. Simmons also said conservative author Ann Coulter of New Canaan urged him to resurrect his campaign.
I asked whether this was revenge against McMahon, who beat him at the GOP convention in May. “Absolutely not,” Simmons said, calling McMahon a “wonderful lady” and that he respects what she has accomplished.
Simmons told me the party needs a candidate who can “best beat Blumenthal,” and if he wins on August 10th, he will make sure the Attorney General’s statements about his military service will be a big issue in the fall campaign. Simmons brought along his military ribbons from his service in Vietnam to prove his point.
Simmons has hired the Glastonbury ad firm of Cashman and Katz to produce his first television ad, that he calls a public service announcement. You can watch it here:
Will there be other ads, and will he resume attacks against McMahon? Tune in Sunday at 11 for the answer.