Greenwich's Frantz to seek third term in state Senate
Not for Congress: Despite 'draft' effort, state Senator looks to keep seat
Published 4:40 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Despite efforts by some members of his party to draft him to run for higher office, Greenwich Republican L. Scott Frantz revealed Tuesday that he will seek a third term in the state Senate later this year.
The 36th District incumbent represents parts of New Canaan and Stamford as well as all of Greenwich.
"That's sort of always been part of the plan. I very much enjoy the public service aspect of serving the people of the 36th District," Frantz said.
Frantz's name has been frequently bandied about in GOP political circles as a potential aspirant for Congress and, at one time, U.S. Senate -- before fellow Republicans Linda McMahon and Christopher Shays declared for the race.
State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. characterized Frantz as an up-and-comer in the party.
"He's always been there for our party and I consider him a rising star," Labriola said. "Senator Frantz would be on my short list to run for higher office when and if he chooses to pursue it."
Frantz, 51, a venture capitalist and prolific GOP fundraiser who is minority whip of the Republican state Senate caucus, left the door slightly ajar to pursuing other political opportunities, however.
"It's interesting, the business of public service," Frantz said.
"One never knows when there are opportunities that come down the road where you can serve people to a higher degree."
A finance committee member of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in Connecticut, Frantz could be biding his time for a plum gig in a prospective Romney administration, a topic that he was reluctant to broach.
"I'm just solely focused on doing the best possible job for the people of the 36th District," Frantz said.
Frantz didn't pass up the chance to put in a plug for the former Massachusetts governor, whom he has hosted multiple times for fundraisers at his home in Riverside, as well as President George W. Bush.
"I think it's vitally important for the nation to elect a president who is capable of creating much better opportunities for the younger generation and generations to come," Frantz said of Romney.
Labriola acknowledged Frantz's ties to Romney.
"He's a dedicated legislator and involved in many aspects within our party, including taking a leading role in Governor Romney's efforts here in Connecticut," Labriola said.