Naturally enough, the abrupt resignation Wednesday of Rep. David Scribner, R-Brookfield, was of interest to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who once held the seat, and her son, Michael Rell, himself a municipal politician.

The former governor learned of Scribner’s resignation while on a Caribbean cruise. In an exchange of texts with her son, she immediately asked, “Are you considering it?”

Michael Rell was tempted, but he said Thursday the answer was, “No.”

The younger Rell is married, the father of two children and a local office holder – in the Hartford suburb of Wethersfield, far away from his hometown of Brookfield, where his sister and her family live in the family homestead and his mother has a condo.

Scribner resigned his safe Republican seat to accept a post on the Liquor Control Commission.

Michael Rell said he now has roots in Wethersfield. His wife is a neo-natal nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. They have one child in school, another in day care. Rell is employed by the General Assembly and holds a seat on the Town Council.

“I’m flattered people asked about it,” he said.

It’s nice to be considered, especially by a former governor, even if she is your mom.

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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