Freshman Sen. L. Scott Frantz is not bored, but as for challenging Jim Himes?…

A Greenwich blogger is getting a bit of attention today after posting that he has heard a rumor freshman state Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, after less than a year on the job, is considering challenging freshman Democratic U.S. Congressman Jim Himes in 2010.

Frantz is up in Hartford today for the veto session so how could I not ask him?

“I’m focused on what I’m doing right now,” said Frantz, who went on to dispute the Greenwich blog’s claim that he is “bored to tears” at the capitol. He also said he has not thought about challenging Himes and has not been approached to challenge Himes.

But like any good politician, Frantz refused to say “No, I have no intention of challenging Jim Himes in 2010” and end the speculation.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who is the favored Republican to jump into the race and try to win back the seat once held by his late father, Stewart B. McKinney, said of the Frantz rumor “Scott’s a great guy. He’d be a great candidate for a number of offices.”

So when is McKinney going to finally announce his candidacy?

“Don’t know,” he said before turning to talk to the full press corps about today’s veto session.

Brian Lockhart