Call it a mini-trend: Republican gubernatorial candidate Oz Griebel isn’t shopping for a lieutenant governor, either.

His campaign manager, Ashley Maagero, said today that Griebel likely will go to the Republican State Convention this weekend without designating a running mate, though he did have exploratory conversations other candidates, including Michael C. Fedele and Fedele’s choice, Mark Boughton.

Tom Foley’s campaign announced this afternoon he would accept whomever won the nomination.

Griebel’s swearing off a running mate isn’t Shermanesque.

“We’re keeping our options open,” Maagero said. But she added, the campaign has shifted its focus to the hunt for delegates. And right now, she said, their method of hunting delegates does not include assembling a ticket — with Griebel at the top or as running mate.

“Oz is not interested in being anything other than governor,” she said. “He’s made that clear to the other candidates.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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