Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Brian K. Hill may end his campaign Friday, unless there is a surge of support for a petition drive. A campaign spokeswoman told me the Windsor attorney has not received the interest needed to launch a massive drive for signatures. Hill would need more than 8,300 signatures by June 12th to qualify for the August primary.
The spokeswoman also told me Hill will likely hold off on an endorsement until after the primary, then work hard for the nominee. Since the convention, both Linda McMahon and Chris Shays have reached out the former military JAG, according to the Hill campaign.
Several Republicans have told me they regard Hill as a promising figure in the Connecticut GOP, and are already looking at him for other races in 2014. Hill could run for one of the consitutional offices, lieutenant governor, or for the 1st congressional district. A move to Hartford could also give Republicans a viable candidate in the race for mayor in 2015.