Apparently buoyed by Scott Brown's completely predictable upset of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, pretty much every washed-up, out-of-office Republican is crawling out from under their respective rocks to declare their candidacy for something.
Shays, who recently sold his Connecticut waterfront home for something along the lines of an outrageous 33% over-market value price during the depths of the housing crisis (coincidentally selling it to a former Bush crony), has settled along the shores of Maryland in what he calls his "dream house".
Ever the political opportunist, Shays seemingly believes that his destiny is back here in the Nutmeg State. I get the feeling he'd bulldoze his "dream house" into the sea if he thought it would give him another shot at elected office.
He hasn't committed to which contest he'd enter. The Republican field for both the 4th Congressional District and the Senate race are crowded, as well as the gubernatorial race. The entry of Shays into any of these races will definitely add a new dimension to the already interesting mix.
As a blogger, I gotta say that it'll make my job easier.
Hmmm...I wonder how much he'll be willing to pay to get his old "dream house" back?
Brian Lockheart follows up on Shays' possibly running:
“The one thing I don’t like is when I hear politicians say ‘everybody’s asking me to run.’ So let’s get this straight. I don’t have ‘everybody’ asking me to run. I have some friends close to me politically who are very smart in terms of understanding politics and what’s going on. They say that nobody is catching on. That this is a huge opportunity for me to consider running for Governor,” Shays said. “I’m not getting a lot of calls from all around the state. (These are) calls from people I think are politically astute who tell me no one is catching on.”Here's just a little reminder from 2008, about the how important the facts are to Chris Shays before he casts a critically important vote:
But Shays said: “The answer may be it’s just not practical … It’s more likely in a few weeks I”ll have thought it through and said ‘you know what? I’m not sure this makes sense’.”