This is from his article:
Merrick is on our town committee. I first met him several years ago, when I got the distinct impression that he was interested in running for the House seat that Joe Courtney now holds. He backed off, for whatever reason. That seat is now beyond the reach of any Democrat, so I guess if you’re a Southeastern Connecticut Democrat with lofty ambitions of a federal kind, Dodd is as good a target as any.BTW, CT Blue is one of my favorite blogs on the local political scene, with very reasoned commentary and an understated style that contrasts nicely with a goofy blog like this one. I strongly recommend making it a regular stop on your daily blog roundup.
As our Town Chairman, Betsy Moukawsher remarked to me, this sort of explains why Merrick has been evasive about running for Town Council, which we’ve been urging him to do. He has bigger fish to fry.
Alpert's website posted an update this morning:
This morning Merrick Alpert filed the Statement of Organization (Form 1) with the Federal Elections Commission. He will file the Statement of Candidacy (Form 2) with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 when he formally announces his candidacy for the United States Senate from Connecticut.This morning the Hartford Courant finally picked up on the story that I reported here first.