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Connecticut GOP Loses Gubernatorial Hopeful

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Monday, 08 Jul 2013 07:05 PM Current | Bio | Archive

To the surprise of many Connecticut Republicans, state House Minority Leader Larry Cafero has announced he will not run for governor in 2014.

After 11 terms in the House, Cafero, 55, a Republican from New Canaan, decided it was not worth the effort over the next 17 months to win what is likely to be a crowded nomination battle and then take on Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy.

During the last legislative session, Cafero had emerged as a leading spokesman against Malloy and the governor's increases in the state budget and taxes.

In addition, he was credited for helping Republican Sam Belsito win a much-watched special election which brought GOP ranks in the state House to 53 seats out of 151 — the most seats Republicans have had since 2004.

But Cafero has been unable to translate those successes into support among Republican voters. A Quinnipiac Poll last month showed him running last among four Republican prospects for governor with 4 percent among likely primary voters.

The same survey showed near-successful 2010 nominee and businessman Tom Foley with 36 percent, state Senate GOP Leader John McKinney at 11 percent, and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton at 8 percent.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax
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