Tuesday January 15. It’s around noon and reporters just hung up after a conference call with George Jepsen – the former lieutenant governor candidate, former Senate majority leader, former Democratic state chairman and current attorney general wannabe – who endorsed U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton for the February 5 primary. “I’m persuaded that Sen. Clinton’s knowledge, experience and record of tangible accomplishments, that she really knows how to get things done,” Jepsen said. “She’s ready to hit the ground running. Experience by itself doesn’t do it. Look at Dick Cheney. You need judgment and character as well.I think Hillary will be the nominee. I think she’s eminently electable.” Some reporters held on, waiting for the conference call to start longer than the Clinton staff (what ever happened to Rodham?) let the call go on, taking maybe half a dozen queries. But endorsements aren’t the biggest thing in Connecticut politics. It’s just part of the buildup to February 5. Candidates from both major parties will be dribbling out little endorsements right up to primary day. The question is whether any of the major hopefuls will stop in the state, which has a tiny 30 delegates at stake for the GOP and 60 for Democrats. Asked about the vote-for-Hillary-and-get-Bill Clinton package, Jepsen said that back in 1992, Hillary was considered an asset. “I think Bill Clinton would not have been elected president of the United States without Hillary,” Jepsen said. “I’m really happy that when she goes to the White House, she’ll have Bill Clinton beside her.” So what weight does Jepsen’s endorsement have? The proof will be in the pudding late on the night of February 5.
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