Connecticut’s Comptroller Lembo eyes possible gubernatorial run

Kevin Lembo at Precision Combustion Thursday talks to workers.

Kevin Lembo at Precision Combustion Thursday talks to workers.

NORTH HAVEN >> Ending months of speculation, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced Thursday he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor.

The 53-year-old Democrat from Guilford, who has not been shy about challenging his own party’s governor on fiscal policy, joins an increasingly crowded field.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, former Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris, former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei, and Jacey Wyatt have all formed exploratory committees to possibly seek the Democratic nomination. The field of candidates who have formed exploratory committees on the Republican side is even larger.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a few weeks ago that he won’t be seeking re-election to a third term in November 2018, which essentially started the horse race between those eager to start raising money to qualify for public financing before the Democratic convention in May 2018.

Following a tour of Precision Combustion, a clean energy catalytic device manufacturing company on Sackett Point Road, Lembo told reporters he is contemplating a run for governor because he is both “frustrated” by, and “sick and tired” of, the state of politics in Hartford.

Asked if he was considered part of that, Lembo said “there is plenty of blame to go around.”

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