Who is Richard Blumenthal?
Speaking of Connecticut, When Chris Dodd dropped out of the Senate race and left the Democratic nomination to Richard Blumenthal, a lot of people began talking as if that seat had been won. That seemed a bit suspicious: Blumenthal was a long-serving state politician, this is a bad election for both Democrats and incumbents, and if this guy is really so great and popular, why hasn't he taken the governor's mansion already?
Well, whether or not he's great, he does seem wildly popular. Public Policy Polling has Blumenthal up by 30 points over any of the Republican contenders -- all of whom were leading Dodd. Even Republicans like Blumenthal. "It would take an epic collapse for him not to be Connecticut's next Senator," PPP says. So who is this golden boy attorney general who has remained popular wildly popular for over a decade by hanging out in the AG's office? David Plotz explains -- in a profile from 2000, when people were already wondering when Blumenthal would finally get his long-overdue crack at the Senate.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Bob Child.
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