Dan Malloy and Ned Lamont, the two frontrunners in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination are close to making “major campaign announcements.“ One has reached a fundraising milestone, while the other will announce a running mate.
Malloy will announce Sunday that he qualifies for public financing and Lamont will announce that Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman will be his running mate.
Both announcements will help each garner support at the Democratic convention May 22.
Lamont, who has all but conceded the convention to Malloy, will win delegate support with the addition of Glassman, who had been exploring her own gubernatorial bid.
Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain, said he was excited about the addition of Glassman to the Lamont campaign. He said he feels much better about giving his support to Lamont with Glassman, who has government experience, on the ticket.
Malloy has not announced who his running mate will be, but Lamont’s decision to chose Glassman may cause some tension. In 2006 she ran as Malloy’s running mate.
Candidates for the office of the lieutenant governor stand independently before the convention for a vote and they run independently in the primary. Malloy lost the primary in 2006, but Glassman won enough support in to join New Haven Mayor John DeStefano on the ticket in the general election.
Malloy, who is expected to walk away the convention’s endorsement, will announce Sunday that he is qualified to receive a minimum of $1.25 million for the primary and $3 million for the general election.
Lamont has opted out of the public financing system.