Oz Griebel plans to primary his as … er … his butt off

Hartford businessman Oz Griebel did not secure the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination this afternoon but will mount a primary against the official candidate – Greenwich millionaire Tom Foley.

Speaking to reporters afterward about his chances, Griebel said he felt “really good about the momentum” but added “I’ve got to work my a– off.”

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who endorsed and nominated Griebel, was standing nearby and sought to clarify the candidate meant to say he had to work his butt off.

But maybe that’s what Connecticut needs during the ongoing budget crisis – a Governor who is willing to let loose with some colorful language once in a while.

Retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is known for her civil tone, and her successor is facing a $3 billion deficit. Coincidence?

Brian Lockhart