New York (CNN) - Republican Gov. Jodi Rell of Connecticut will not seek re-election, according to spokesperson Rich Harris.
Rell, 63, was the first Republican woman to be elected governor of Connecticut.
Rell, who took office in 2007, still enjoys a relatively high approval rating in her state. "Nearly six out of 10 people approve of the job Rell is doing as governor, according to the most recent state public opinion survey, which was conducted in September," according to CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser. "While that's down about 15 points from earlier this year, most likely due to Connecticut's budget problems, it's still a number any incumbent politician would be happy to have."
Democrat Ned Lamont, who defeated Sen. Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic Senate primary but lost to him in the general election, is currently exploring a potential gubernatorial run.
(Updated 7:30 pm ET with additional information)
what's happening to the GOP ???? OMG, most of our folks including great leaders are stepping down – its ok for Sarah to quit 'cause she is going to be our next President 2012!!
Someone pl. help – Mr. Nobama's witch power is stroooooooooooong...
The list of GOP governors resigning is getting long... At least these guys are serving out their terms.
go for it. We need all the democrats we can get to get President Obama agenda through.
Save your money LaMont! You don't have a chance considering the turning tide of support for conservatism! We don't need more liberal Democrats in our government.
Now how can you trust anything coming from the lips of a democrat representative? First they took out the pay for abortion amendment in obamacare and having bamboozle some of their own congressman to get their votes to pass this bill, now they're working on ways to put abortion back into the health care bill. 2010 can't come soon enough to rid the nation of these clowns!