Rep. Simmons hints at jumping back in Senate race

Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.), who suspended his campaign for Senate after the state Republican convention in May, said in an interview Wednesday he is considering getting back into the race. 

“I haven’t made any final decisions,” Simmons told the Hartford Courant’s Rick Green. “I’m getting a lot of phone calls from people. Six weeks ago, the convention was over and I was very disappointed. My staff was despondent. My family was stunned.”

At the state party convention, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) won the party’s endorsement, but Simmons won enough delegate support to keep his name on the ballot. 

Because McMahon is largely self-funding her bid, she has a formidable cash advantage. But Simmons still has close to $1 million in his campaign account. 

The Republican primary is Aug. 10.