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Pro-Gay CT Gov. Rell: I have decided not to seek reelection

Timothy Kincaid

November 9th, 2009

In a surprise move, Governor Jodi Rell, Connecticut Republican, has decided not to seek reelection. Although Connecticut is a predominantly Democratic State, Rell won her 2006 reelection bid with 63% of the vote.

She listed some of her most rewarding accomplishments (CT Confidential):

She said she would remember efforts to bring increased health insurance coverage, ethics and campaign reform, expansion of higher education, investment in mass transit as well as improvements to the state police and the veterans home in Rocky Hill.

Rell said she will remember “the gay couple who hugged me at Stafford Motor Speedway after I signed the first in the nation voluntarily passed civil union bill. And all they said was thank you.”

Funerals of war veterans, her breast cancer, the people who saw her shopping at Marshall’s — this is what lingers, Gov. Rell said.

At the time of signing the civil unions bill she insisted that it include language defining a marriage as a man and a woman. However, when the Supreme Court found for marriage equality, she refused to fight the decision and signed the legislative bill that brought the law into compliance with the court’s decision.

Rell is a shining star of decency within the Republican Party and it will be diminished by her retirement.



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OK, let’s not go overboard here; Rell’s position has always been against marriage equality, and she maintained that position even as she refused to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn the CT supreme court’s decision — instead, the reason for her refusal was that such an amendment would be too difficult to pass.

So she certainly could have been worse, but I wouldn’t call her a “shining star of decency” by any means, particularly given how liberal Connecticut is.

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Pro-gay? Could the bar be lower?

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Pender, I’ll take a lot more Rell’s in the GOP than what we normally see. At least then we’d see some movement on more issues than just SSM. Heck, DPs would be a nice first step that I believe will lead to SSM as it did in Vermont.

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