If state House Minority Leader Larry Cafero thinks he has a chance of being governor of Connecticut, then wow, Porky would be flying. The Norwalk Republican has registered the Internet domain name, CaferoforCT.com. One has to admire Cafero’s ambition but he has no better chance of being governor than my cat Zamboni—and he died in August.
It’s not so much that nobody knows Cafero outside of Norwalk or the state capital. Although that’s true, it’s clear former ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley will run again and the nomination is his for the taking. He lost to Dan Malloy by a razor-thin margin and only after the Bridgeport twisted itself into a pretzel to get its votes in. Foley is no Linda McMahon—that’s how Malloy will try to portray him. He dwarfs Cafero in likability, accomplishment and of course, money. Foley will be back and be a serious challenger to Malloy’s reelection and subsequent national ambitions.
Cafero’s shrill, unlistenable rhetoric would be a loser on the campaign trail. His faux comedic approach to personal interaction belies his real agenda and hair-trigger condescension. He has succeeded in hanging on to the leadership of the minority in the state House, never able to bring his caucus numbers up to relevance.
A more likable and attractive candidate for governor from the state legislature for the GOP is Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. He’s conservative, bright and measured. As has been written in this spot before, he’d make a great running mate for Foley.
Both Cafero and McKinney finally played it right in this last deficit mitigation plan. They worked closely with majority Democrats and the Malloy administration to make meaningful cuts to close the budget gap.
All this said, Cafero should enter the race. We all need material.