Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Willis running for majority leader

State Rep. Roberta Willis will not be seeking Andrew Roraback’s state senate seat, in favor of a position as House majority leader.
Two years ago, when Roraback mulled a run for attorney general, Willis made it clear that she might take a stab at Roraback’s 30th district Senate seat. But, when Roraback bowed out — he had just become a father for the first time — Willis (D-Torrington) announced that she would not challenge her long-time colleague.
This year, Roraback is on the long list of candidates running for Chris Murphy’s 5th district Congressional seat, which he is vacating for a chance to run for U.S. Senate.
But, while she said the idea of running for Senate was “intriguing,”  the prospect of being a freshman senator, “starting from scratch,” as she put it, didn’t appeal.
Instead, she’ll seek to replace Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) as House majority leader.
“There are incentives to being in the Senate,” she said. “You do have a greater voice, so to speak.” But as majority leader, she would “have involvement in a wide range of issues.”
Willis, a 7-term Democrat, is not on a field by herself. Two other Democrats, Waterbury’s Jeffrey Berger and Southington’s Joe Aresimowicz, who is currently deputy speaker, will also be in the running.
As to her chances, Willis said they are “as good as anybody’s.”
Willis had nothing but good things to say about the current majority leader, calling Sharkey “capable, smart and deliberate,” and suggesting that he, too, may be up for a promotion.
“He’s probably going to be our next speaker,” she said. If so, Sharkey would replace current Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, who, like Roraback, is running for the 5th Congressional district this year.

Of course, the House majority leader is chosen by the members of the house — the election is scheduled for Nov. 8 — and, first, Democrats must retain a majority, which Willis said was a likelihood.
“I actually think we could be picking up some seats,” she said.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha. Isn't she the legislator who cried in a closed door meeting with Malloy, who bullied her over his budget? See the first of the Ted Mann series. Hahahahaha

December 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roberta, the Democrats may "pick up some seats" but they'll lose more than they'll pick up. If I were you, I'd concentrate on making sure the Republicans don't win the majority. Not only that, you really don't have a chance of being Majority Leader even if the Democrats hold the House. You're lucky if you have 12 votes, the real contest is between Berger and Aresimowicz with you running a very distant third.

Maybe you should re-think your stance on the 30th Senate seat, at least you have an outside chance of winning that as opposed to being embarrassed when you lose the Majority Leader's position.

December 7, 2011 at 12:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roberta has done a consistently fine job representing the folks in her district.
I have no doubt she would be a superb Majority Leader and wish her the best.

December 7, 2011 at 1:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the ritzy ex-New Yorkers who live in her district can afford the massive tax increases she has supported. She is anti-jobs and super-liberal. No substance at all...

December 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM 

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