Hartford (WTNH) - Governor Jodi Rell called a late afternoon conference, shortlybefore 5 p.m., to announce she will not be running forre-election.
"I loved being governor," Governor Jodi Rell said, fighting backthe tears at her Monday news conference. "And, I love the people ofConnecticut. The challenges of this job have been, and continue tobe, many. The rewards are incalculable. But, at some point youreally do know inside that it's time to begin a new chapter in yourlife. I want to thank my family, and my staff, for everything. I amtruly blessed. And, I want to thank the people of Connecticut forallowing me the honor of serving as their governor. I want to thankthem for their support and their understanding; for their prayersand their returned loved."
Soon after Governor Rell made her announcement, Lt. Gov. MichaelFedele said he will now run for office.
"I have made my intentions very known. I said a number of monthsago that if Governor Rell opted not to [run], that I would be. So,In the short term, here, you will be hearing an announcement fromme," he said.
The Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party Chris Healyspoke exclusively with News Channel 8, soon after the Governorpublicly spoke, and said that although this news is disappointing,he understands and respects her decision not to run again forgovernor.
"Obviously from a political point of view, we're a littledisappointed. But, we understand [I do understand] that GovernorRell has served her state with honesty and class and distinction.And, she came to office under immensely trying circumstances. And,she quickly won the trust of the people and the government," saidHealy.
Governor Rell took office in 2004 after former Governor JohnRowland's resignation for a corruption scandal. It was also25-years ago, this month, that she was first elected to the statelegislature.
According to recent Quinnipiac University polls, GovernorRell's numbers have dipped mostly due to the state's budgetproblems.
Both Governor Rell, and her husband Lou, are cancer survivors.But, she said health has nothing to do with her decision. She saidit was last week's municipal elections that made her realize thatshe couldn't postpone a decision or an announcement any longer.
"It hit home that this election is over and the next one isunderway and I had to stop delaying and make a final decision; Ijust called my husband an hour ago and said I've talked to him. Imean, obviously he knew where I was going [and] I was going to makethe decision public by Thanksgiving. And I said, 'I need to do itnow.'"
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I-91 Northbound is congested in Cromwell because of a tractor trailer accident.