Connecticut: GOP Support Grows for Simmons’ Senate Bid

Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:46pm

Former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons isn’t wasting any time in trying to consolidate local party support for his Senate bid in what could be a crowded primary.

CQ Photo

The Simmons campaign announced on Monday it had secured the endorsement of Deputy House Republican Leader Bill Hamzy, a former Connecticut Republican Party chairman, adding to a string of GOP endorsements this summer that now includes state House Republican Leader Larry Cafero, state Sen. Tony Guglielmo and 20 members of the Republican State Central Committee.

The party will endorse a candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, who is battling the lowest approval ratings of his career, at its convention, which is slated for May 21-22, 2010. Other candidates can still run in the primary, but the party nod could provide important momentum.