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Norwalk’s Cafero Won’t Run for Governor

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said today he will not run for governor in 2014, leaving until another day the question of whether he will continue his 21-career as a legislator.

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State Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. addresses reporters today in Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

“People have the right to know who’s in and who’s not. I hope that anybody who’s contemplating running for governor takes that very, very seriously,” said Cafero, standing outside the Hall of the House.

The main beneficiary of Cafero’s decision is likely to be Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, who promises to make his own announcement this summer about whether he will seek the nomination to oppose Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat.

Cafero and McKinney, who each have tried to act as the voice of the GOP, a party with no statewide or congressional office holders, share similar political and geographic bases as fiscal conservatives who supported gun control measures after Sandy Hook.

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