Rob Simmons Running For Connecticut Senate, Ending Stealth Campaign

07/28/2010 12:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In the weeks since the Connecticut GOP threw its official support behind former WWE CEO Linda McMahon at the state convention, her opponent, former Congressman Rob Simmons, has been running a "suspended" campaign, where he walks around Connecticut reminding voters that he's on the ballot without officially engaging McMahon in direct battle.

But recently, it's been looking like the Simmons campaign was set to emerge from suspended animation. And after last night, it looks like the stealth campaign is officially over. The first clue is that Simmons showed up for a debate, hosted by the Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations. Also: there's that whole part where Simmons said, "I am running for the U.S. Senate." Let's head over to the Connecticut Mirror, where reporter Mark Pazniokas is waiting for us:

Once the Republican front runner, Simmons suspended his campaign after the GOP convention, only to resume advertising that reminds voters he is on the ballot.

The ads, which Simmons described as "public service announcements," left Republicans wondering if he truly was competing in the primary.

Tonight, he described himself as an active candidate at a Senate debate sponsored by the Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations.

"I'm Rob Simmons," he said. "I am running for the United States Senate, because I love my country, and I don't like where it's going."

Ah, but then there's this!

But Simmons was playful after the debate concerning his status: "I should have edited that old opening statement."

Not since the writers of "Lost" has anyone sought to cling this hard and this late to ambiguity!

McMahon, by the way, was a no-show at this debate, leaving Simmons to face off against Peter Schiff, who has also not dropped out of the race.

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