TWO MISSIONARIES FROM CT PULLED FROM HAITIAN RUBBLE

Two Connecticut aid workers from the Haitian Ministries of the Diocese of Norwich were pulled from the rubble in Haiti early this morning. They were in the mission house that collapsed as a result of a 7.0 earthquake, the largest earthquake ever measured in that area. The two workers were identified as acting director Jillian Thorp, and a management consultant, Charles Dietsch. It will be some time before the full scale of the damaged can be assessed. Communications on the island nation has been severely disrupted but published reports say the quake damaged the National Palace and collapsed a hospital.
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As predicted here on Monday, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz will focus on running for attorney general, abandoning the race for governor in which she was leading in the latest polls. Bysiewicz has a statewide exploratory committee and she never officially declared herself a candidate for any office.
The announcement by Bysiewicz sets up an interesting and long-anticipated match-up in the race for AG with former state senate majority leader and former state party chairman George Jepsen. In his recent statements, Jepsen has gone out of his way to attach himself to Richard Blumenthal who is leaving the AG’s office to run for the US Senate seat that is now open due to the retirement of Chris Dodd.
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In other campaign news, state Senator John McKinney says he is running for reelection and will not enter the race for governor. McKinney was often mentioned (including by The Shad) as a possible gubernatorial candidate. McKinney says running for the state’s top spot would take too much time away from his three children.
There is yet another Republican running for governor and it’s a name from the past. The Hartford Courant reports that former congressman, state senator, college professor and president Larry DiNardis filed papers forming an exploratory committee with his eye on the state’s top political job.