Republican Rob Simmons is a former CIA officer, and perhaps that's fed speculation that he's running a secret campaign for Senate in Connecticut, having "suspended" his bid after losing out to Linda McMahon at the Republican convention in May--but having left his name on the ballot. When asked about this, he's chuckled, said he's "on the ballot," and then insisted he's not running. But now, he sounds more open to reviving his campaign before the August 10 primary. He tells the Hartford Courant's Rick Green:
"I haven't made any final decisions,'' Simmons told me Wednesday afternoon. "I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people. Six weeks ago the convention was over and I was very disappointed. My staff was despondent. My family was stunned." ..."I'm on the ballot. I've never said I'd get off the ballot. I had almost 48 percent of the convention vote until people began switching,'' Simmons said. "I owe those supporters." ..."I'm thinking about it,'' he said when I pressed him, noting that the primary is just a month away. "I'm trying to think about what's right what's honest and what's decent."
Read the full story at the Hartford Courant's CT Confidential blog.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.