Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will file papers today to form an exploratory committee to run for governor, according to the Hartford Courant. Bronin, who has been mayor of Hartford for just less than two years, stated he had been talking to associates about seeking the Democratic Party gubernatorial nomination.
Bronin will face some obstacles, including his close ties to unpopular Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, for whom he once served as counsel. His tough stance against unions could also serve as an obstacle, as he tries to renegotiate contracts to keep Hartford from filing for bankruptcy. Connecticut AFL-CIO president Lori Pellitier tells the Courant she would have a difficult time energizing union members to “knock on doors” for Bronin.
However, pundits say one reason Bronin wants to run is he fears another governor might not care for Hartford, the way the current state administration is caring for the city.