GREENWICH, Conn. -- In 2010, Greenwich's Lee Whitnum made political hay by suing Gov. Dannel Malloy for defamation. In 2012, she entered the local news scene for calling U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy "a whore" during a televised debate. In 2014, Whitnum made headlines by announcing she will run for governor of Connecticut, according to CTnewsjunkie.com.
Whitnum makes here initial campaign goals clear on her website.
"I'm committed to cleaning up the judiciary in Connecticut," Whitnum says on the campaign site homepage. "My simple plan to empower the people will give average folks the right to fire dishonest and corrupt judges who push the boundaries of "judicial discretion."
It is not yet clear whether Whitnum will have to defeat Malloy for the Democratic nomination -- the governor has said he will not come to a decision about re-election until the end of the current legislative session in May.
Before Whitnum can secure the Democratic nomination, she will have to gain support from within her own party. Shortly after having her lawsuit against Malloy dismissed, the governor called her "the fringe of the fringe" and criticized her for not running a traditional campaign compared to other Democratic candidates during her run for senate in 2012.
If Whitnum can secure the Democratic nomination, she will face stiff competition from the GOP.
The Republican favorite is Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who narrowly lost the gubernatorial election to Malloy in 2010. Foley leads a host of GOP candidates and was said to be in a virtual dead heat with Malloy in a recent Quinnipiac poll.
Other GOP candidates include Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Joe Visconti of West Hartford and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti.