Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D) has already filed an exploratory committee to test his gubernatorial office chances, but says he is only filing at this early stage because of Connecticut’s stringent financial reporting and fundraising requirements. He is so far not suggesting that he will challenge Gov. Malloy.
Republicans are expected to again contest this race. Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) held Mr. Malloy to a pair of close election victories. Seven GOP candidates have already announced their intentions, including three state legislators and two mayors.