State Rep. William Tong Tuesday dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for US Senate, ending an improbable campaign in which he impressed many people. Tong announced his departure from the race and promptly endorsed frontrunner US Rep. Chris Murphy. Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman both endorsed Murphy as well.
Tong’s personal story is moving and was not just campaign rhetoric. He takes every chance to remind people that his parents came to this country with 57 cents and lived the American dream. Tong went to law school and now serves in the state House of Representatives. He will run for that seat again in the fall. But a good personal story can’t compete with the fund raising or name recognition of Murphy and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, the only viable candidates remaining in the primary race. The endorsing convention is less than two weeks away.
The Shad knew little about Tong before his quixotic Senate run. However, I saw him on occasion during this campaign and spoke to him on the phone a few times. I found him very impressive —sharp, good grasp of the issues and quick on his feet in debates. He has a bright future and should certainly run for higher office sometime in the future.
Tuesday was a very good day for US Rep. Chris Murphy. He received the endorsements of Tong, Malloy and Wyman, a political hat trick. Murphy now leads in fundraising, polls and in important political endorsements.