Waiting at Union Station in New Haven to pick up kin for his testimonial tonight, Chris Healy definitively ruled out staying on as GOP state chair while the party coalesces behind a successor. In fact, you could say he was Shermanesque.

“Oh, definitely. Sherman on steroids,” Healy said.

The contest for Republican state chairman seemed to be set a week ago, until former state Sen. William A. Aniskovich abruptly withdrew after a burst of bad press. Now, it’s unclear if anyone can become the consensus choice of the State Central Committee before Healy’s term expires in exactly a week.

“It’ll all be sorted out,” Healy said. “I made a decision. It’s time for someone else.”

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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