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When Susan Bysiewicz talks about the chances of Democrats winning their first gubernatorial election in 24 years, she thinks back to watching John DeStefano debate Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

The year was 2006. DeStefano was the Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent governor. By most accounts—including those of some Rell partisans—DeStefano destroyed Rell in the debate. Politely, of course. One candidate, DeStefano, emerged conversant with issues and determined to tackle them.

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