How could a real challenge to Governor Malloy develop?

Questions about whether a serious challenge to Governor Malloy could develop during next year’s gubernatorial election have been coming in on an almost a daily basis.

Readers have asked for some additional background on Connecticut’s election law.

When it comes to a potential challenge, there are two key issues.  One is the law related to getting on the election ballot.  The other is the law related to public financing of campaigns.  Here is a quick response to the ballot question.

Running for governor in 2014;

One possibility is that a challenger takes on Governor Malloy for the nomination of the Democratic Party.  That candidate would need to receive the support of 15 percent of the delegates to next spring’s Democratic State Convention or collect a sufficient number of petition signatures (of registered Democrats) to force an August primary.  Considering the power of incumbency, it is difficult to imagine that such a challenge would be successful.  That said, since Governor Malloy and his Administration have consistently alienated many of the most important constituencies within the Democratic Party, a successful challenge for the Democratic nomination is not inconceivable.

The second possibility is that a challenger seeks to get the support of one of the existing minor parties.  Each minor party has its own nomination rules.  Assuming the challenger comes from the more liberal or progressive side of the political spectrum, the most likely existing vehicle for a challenger would be to try and utilize the Connecticut Working Families Party.  The Working Families Party is closely associated with the leadership of a number of unions in Connecticut, a reality that might facilitate or serve as a barrier to a serious effort to challenge Governor Malloy.

Finally, a challenger to Governor Malloy could seek to petition onto the 2014 gubernatorial ballot.  Such a challenger could not begin collecting signatures until January 1, 2014 and would need to submit a complete petition no later than 90 days before the election.  The number of signatures needed to run for governor in Connecticut would be (1) One percent of the votes cast for the same office at the last preceding election, or (2) seven thousand five hundred, whichever is less.  In this case, the 1% figure would amount to about 11,600 so the lower number of 7,500 would be needed.

Considering past voting patterns, we’d expect around $1.2 million voters to participate in the 2014 election meaning a candidate would need in the range of 450,000 votes +/- win.  Of course, both Lowell Weicker (A CT Party) and John Rowland (Republican Party) were elected in three-way races for governor.

What do readers think would be the best course of action for Connecticut voters?

  • Run a candidate to challenge Governor Malloy for the Democratic nomination
  • Run a candidate on an existing minor party line such as the Working Families Party
  • Run a candidate as a “petitioning candidate” by collecting 7,500 signatures
  • Vote Republican
  • Stick with Governor Malloy
  • Don’t Know

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  • buygoldandprosper

    I voted to challenge on the survey but it is useless to attempt to do that. It will give Dan an opportunity to assuage the discontented and claim a popularity that does not exist.

    I will vote FOLEY, like I did last time just because he might actually be an honest person. Not really my cup of tea but waaaay better than Malloy and he might even surprise folks. If Cafero or another clown runs I will vote GREEN and continue to search for housing in another state.

  • mookalaboona

    I’m not sure Malloy has plans to run. He’s ticked off everyone, and I don’t think he can get elected. As a teacher I voted for this clown because my union said he would be the best, but I believe the worst Republican would be better than this social climber. He can’t have it both ways, that’s for sure. All he cares about is his wealthy friends and how he can orchestre more tax money for them.

    • buygoldandprosper

      Dan cares about Dan. Period. The man will pretty much say or do anything to remain on the public payroll. Cathy’s job let’s them sock some dough away. I never figured out why there was no collective outrage over her “appointment” until I became aware of just how filthy Hartford politics are. The boys appear to not need lawyers, so that is a financial relief. He has deposited enough into the FAVOR BANK to get his house remodeled many times over…SuperPAC funds are in his future, for sure, and while we won’t know exactly who will be donating, we can guess and be pretty certain.
      Dan sold his soul a long time ago and hopefully enough voters recognize him for what he is and vote him OUT and not on.
      Connecticut deserves better or at least fresher. Kick-the-Can Dan, The Nutmeg King, Dan, Dannell…whatever you want to call him, he represents the worst in Connecticut politics.
      Lazy-Boy Foley would have been a nice change and still could be. He could not be worse than Malloy.

  • R.L.

    Hopefully someone will run against him as a democrat, run against him as a candidate of an existing minor party, and run against him as a petitioning candidate. If all else fails, even a republican would be better than dan. Maybe the legistlature would wake up if it were a republican dismantling public education in Connecticut. The fifth option of sticking with the one and done governor malloy, is not an option at all.