With the governor’s race wide open, supporters of Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont have been urging him to enter the contest.
In fact, some even believe that Lamont has already made up his mind and will avoid the time-consuming process of public financing by running as a self-funder.
But Lamont says that the speculation is “all very premature’’ in the political process.
“I will make up my mind in early January,’’ Lamont told Capitol Watch.
His supporters can enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays without expecting any announcements at a time when many are out of town or attending parties.
“You can absolutely take that to the bank,’’ Lamont said.
If he enters the race, Lamont would be joining a huge field of both declared and exploratory candidates on both the Democratic and Republican sides.
A former member of the Greenwich Board of Selectmen in the late 1980s, Lamont burst onto the state political scene in 2006 when he defeated U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in a hard-fought Democratic primary. Lieberman then went on to defeat Lamont in the general election and serve six more years in the U.S. Senate.
He also ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 Democratic primary against former Stamford mayor Dannel P. Malloy, whose second term as governor expires in January 2019.