Minutes after Rell announces retirement, Malloy visits the capitol press room

As reporters busied themselves cranking out stories about Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s decision not to run again in 2010, outgoing Stamford Mayor and potential Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dannel Malloy popped into the capitol press room unannounced.

Malloy said he was on his way home from a conference in Boston on regional cooperation and economic development when the news about Rell broke. And he clearly knew reporters would want to talk to him.

“It’s a little strange but sometimes things happen in a fortutious way,” said Malloy, who lost his party’s nomination in 2006 to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and for months has been exploring whether to take another shot at the governor’s office.

Malloy, whose job running Stamford ends November 30, was pressed by myself and others on when he plans to announce his candidacy.

“I probably haven’t hidden a candle under a basket here,” Malloy said when it was noted he has been acting more and more like a candidate but continues to say he is in exploratory mode.

But he said there are discussions he needs to have with his family and other unspecified “hurdles.”

How about at least giving a timeline?

“Sometime after the New Year,” Malloy said.

Brian Lockhart