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Colm Connolly says no to A.G. bid

In a decision that will undoubtedly make it all the more difficult for the Delaware G.O.P. to come up with a potentially competitive candidates' slate for statewide office, former U.S. Attorney for Delaware Colm Connolly decides not to run for state Attorney General... making it all the more likely that Matt Denn succeeds Beau Biden by default.

DELAWARE GRAPEVINE's Celia Cohen (with particularly good sources on the G.O.P. side of the ledger) breaks the story... (Connolly tells me he & his family thought long and hard about a possible run, and the effects on his family. He also lamented the prospect of hardball, attack politics, even here in Delaware; and the tarnishing of the Republican brand in Delaware, partly the result - he said - of extreme candidates.)


Posted at 3:53pm on May 7, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Jay Livingston-Nichols
Wed, May 7, 2014 6:42pm
No surprise here. The Delaware Republican Party is seriously crippled and will remain so for the foreseeable future, even though the national party is on the rise. The Republican State Committee must re-invent itself if it wishes to be competitive. To do so, they'll need to field a whole new generation of candidates with totally new ideas.

Wed, May 7, 2014 9:41pm
Sorry, but IMHO Delaware has gone too "blue" for any Republican to win... unless the D/R ratio changes, I don't see any Republicans winning anytime soon.

Wed, May 7, 2014 10:15pm
Time once again for "TV Theme Trivia"!

The following is a crime show theme from the 60's. Now if you look carefully at how the syllables are lined and spaced, this great piece of music should be easy to figure out:

Dat dat da dat da____da_____
Dat dat da dat da___________

Dat dat da dat da____da_____
Dat dat da dat da_______________________

Thu, May 8, 2014 9:21am
For many generations, Delaware voters have voted for the candidate, not the party. The Democratic landslide of 1964 saw the Dems win every state wideoffice except one: Senator John J. Williams (R) was re-elected. At least twice during my lifetime, we elected a governor of one party and a lieutenant governor of the other.

Republicans need attractive candidates with fresh ideas. That must come before the party can rebuild. Voters need a reason to want to join the G.O.P.

Thu, May 8, 2014 10:13am
I more agree with Jim... No one ever thought Republicans would ever do well nationally ever again after Nixon left... ... Ronald Reagan would certainly never have won on his policies alone....

Republicans can easily win, if they find someone likable, someone who doesn't really care one way or another about politics... George W Bush got in that way...

Tom Kovich is the only Delaware Republican who comes off as likable. And there is a Republican running for mayor of Dover who is just the same way...

I'm thinking of someone famous with ties to the state... perhaps like Reese Witherspoon if she were to become a transplant....

But any Hollywood actor could easily carry this state... I'm thinking of Reese Witherspoon, if she took up residency here, would possibly win, or come darned close... Look, we had just a 1980's panelist on Bill Maher's show knock off the former Republican Governor and current Congressperson in a primary, for heaven's sake... We love celebrities.

When you can find someone cool, people will vote Republican again... Just right now, as anyone reading this blog most certainly knows, you can't be a Republican and be cool...

:) lol.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:26am
I agree JimH. The TEA-type Republican just won't fly in Delaware, no matter how much those Sussex County folks would like Delaware to be Mississippi. Somehow, the Republicans can make it work in very BLUE N.J., so maybe the Delaware G.O.P. should take a page from the Garden State's G.O.P.

Allan Loudell
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:36am

I think you're getting Reese Witherspoon confused with Teri Polo or Elisabeth Shue (who DO have ties to Delaware!)

An older actress with Delaware ties (although brunette, so I rather doubt you would have confused her): Valerie Bertinelli

Male actors from Delaware: Charlie McDermott (ABC's "The Middle"); Sean Patrick Thomas; and Ryan Phillippe

(Of course, this assumes ANY of the above would have an interest in politics, let alone, identify with conservatives or the Republican Party!)

To my knowledge, Witherspoon has no ties to Delaware, other than having been married to (and subsequently divorced from) the aforementioned, Ryan Phillippe. Unless you're arguing Delaware is just so utterly attractive, Witherspoon would just domicile here on the chance of running for public office here.

Allan Loudell

Thu, May 8, 2014 11:04am
Sorry JimH, but I'm not so sure a good Republican candidate could win in Delaware... I know too many Delaware Democrats who vote straight (D) ticket to believe a good candidate with an (R) next to his/her name would win in the Blue Chicken state anytime in the near-future.

Connolly could have been a good candidate, but he didn't want to waste his time/money and have his name (and his family's) dragged through the mud... only to lose because he's a Republican.


Thu, May 8, 2014 11:07am
If you scroll to the bottom of the Wikipedia link you will see the progressive "blueness" in Delaware politics.

Thu, May 8, 2014 8:17pm
So nobody cares about "TV Theme Trivia"?

Thu, May 8, 2014 9:27pm
Oh, speaking of Mississippi, I'd rather be a poor Republican than a rich Democrat.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:53am
Mrpizza: I'd have thought you'd say, you'd rather be a rich Democrat, then you'd change party's because the GOP represents your interests as a rich person -heh heh.

Fri, May 9, 2014 11:33am
But Mike, what about "TV Theme Trivia"?

Mike from Delaware
Sat, May 10, 2014 9:44pm
Mrpizza: Sorry I'm not really interested in it.

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