With financing out of reach, Dan Drew ends race for governor
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, the first Democrat in the race to succeed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, ended his campaign Friday, two days after filing a finance report showing it with more debt than cash. His running mate, Rep. Liz Linehan of Cheshire, also quit the race for lieutenant governor.
“After discussions between us and with our families, we have decided to end our campaigns for governor and lieutenant governor of Connecticut,” they said. “Ultimately it became very difficult to raise the required funds to qualify for public financing. Other campaigns are on their way, and we look forward to supporting the Democratic team.”
The announcementÂ was expected.Â It cameÂ one year to the day after Drew opened an exploratory campaign, three months before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced he he would not seek re-election.
In a report filed late Wednesday night, Drew reported raising $37,581 in the final three months of 2017, ending with $7,877 in cash on hand and unpaid bills of $16,079. His running mate, Linehan, added little to the ticketâ€™s cash flow, raising $9,661 with $3,237 in available funds and unpaid bills of $6,300.
â€śWeâ€™ll see how things go,â€ť Drew said Thursday morning, when asked if he could continue his campaign.
Drew exits as Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz are preparing to run.Â Bronin raised $113,710 in less than a month as an exploratory candidate. Bysiewicz, who has shifted the focus of her exploratory campaign in recent months from state Senate to governor, raised $105,372 in the final quarter and ended the year with $90,433 in available cash. Neither has debt.
“Weâ€™ll continue to work for a society that protects people who need it, provides opportunity, and that doesnâ€™t exploit the vulnerable,” Drew and Linehan said. “Itâ€™s been an honor to pursue that goal. We will be by your side in pursuing it in the future.”
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