Economist Peter Schiff (above), who said he'll remain CEO of his brokerage firm, Euro Pacific Capital while he runs for office.
Linda McMahon, who just stepped down as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (pictured with husband Vince; it's fun searching for images of Mrs. McMahon!)
They are adding to an already crowded field of GOP hopefuls, including former Congressman Rob Simmons, State Sen. Sam Caligiuri, and former ambassador Tom Foley.
UPDATE: tparty over at My Left Nutmeg points out that Linda McMahon gave the DCCC a whopping $10,000 in 2006 (and another $5,000 in 2007), which certainly helped defeat her fellow Republican senate candidate Rob Simmons in his bid to retain his Congressional seat. Simmons lost to Joe Courtney by less than a hundred votes.
Think he's pissed about that?
While Simmons has an early lead in polls due to name recognition, it will be interesting to see how the candidates stack up against each other when they start campaigning. Will we see a race to the extreme right, as often happens when Republicans try to top one another? Or will there be any candidates who try to appeal to Connecticut's moderate voting pool and express support for issues like a public option for health care, at the risk of alienating their party's base?
My guess is the
("former" means the first one, right?)
(...and I'm very pleased with myself for crafting the phrase "steaming mélange"...the imagery it brings to mind is delightful!)