Washington (CNN) – The Simmons campaign is officially back from the dead.
Rob Simmons, the former three-term Republican congressman, attended a debate Tuesday night in which he eliminated any remaining doubt that he is a candidate for Senate in Connecticut.
"I am running for the United States Senate because I love my country and I don't like where it's going," Simmons said during the debate, according to the Hartford Courant. "I don't like the bailouts, I don't like the unemployment, I don't like the rising deficits, I don't like the foreclosures and in particular, I don't like the … spending that threatens to bankrupt out country."
The status of the Simmons campaign has been a mystery since, after finishing second at the Connecticut GOP convention in May, he suspended his campaign and released most of his staff, but did remain on the primary ballot.
Former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon finished first in the GOP convention vote in May, but did not attend Tuesday's debate. Neither did Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Instead of taking on heavyweights in the race, Simmons was left to debate Republican Peter Schiff and independent candidates John Mertens and Warren Mosler.
Last week, in some of the first signs of renewed life, Simmons announced he would run a television commercial – billed as a public service announcement – asking Connecticut voters to look at the issues when making their decision in the state's August 10 primary.
But while Simmons says he is back in the race, the most recent blog post on his campaign website is from May and is titled "Simmons Announces Scale Back Of Campaign." Calls to his campaign headquarters went unanswered Tuesday.
The Republican primary winner will face off in November against Blumenthal, the presumptive Democratic nominee. The general election winner will succeed five-term Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election.