Bill Curry (politician)

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Bill Curry
Counselor to the President
In office
February 21, 1995 – January 20, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by David Gergen
Succeeded by Paul Begala
Comptroller of Connecticut
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1995
Governor Lowell Weicker
Preceded by Edward Caldwell
Succeeded by Nancy Wyman
Personal details
Born (1951-12-17) December 17, 1951 (age 65)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S
Political party Democratic
Education Georgetown University (BA)
University of Connecticut, Hartford (JD)

William E. Curry, Jr. (born December 17, 1951, in Hartford, Connecticut) has been a two-time Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut and a White House advisor in the administration of Bill Clinton.

Education and early political life[edit]

Curry was educated at St Justin's School in Hartford and Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 1978, at the age of 26, he was elected state senator from a district that included Farmington, Connecticut. Curry served two terms and then faced fellow state senator Nancy Johnson, a moderate Republican from New Britain in 1982 for the open seat formerly held by Toby Moffett in what was then the Sixth Congressional District.

During the ensuing eight years, Curry practiced law and worked in public policy positions in Washington, D.C. He was head of Freeze Voter, a nuclear freeze group.

In 1990, Curry was elected state comptroller after a convention fight, winning statewide election against the Republican nominee, Joel Schiavone. He served one term.

During his political career Curry has been the favored candidate of liberal Connecticut Democrats and pundits frequently at odds with the old style moderate policies favored by such figures as former Governor William O'Neill and former party chairman John Droney.

Gubernatorial bids and the White House[edit]

In 1994, John Larson won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in a convention, and Curry challenged him successfully in a primary. The field in the general election included former Republican U.S. Representative John G. Rowland, Eunice Groark (lieutenant governor under the departing officeholder, Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.), Curry and Tom Scott, a former Republican legislator from Milford, Connecticut and talk show host running a conservative, anti-tax independent candidacy

Rowland won that election by three points.

After the election, Curry accepted a post as Counselor to the President and served as domestic strategist in the Clinton White House from February 21, 1995 until January 20, 1997.

Curry left the Clinton Administration after the 1996 election and served as Visiting Fellow at the Yale School of Management.

In 2002, Curry again ran against Rowland. While Curry did not face a primary opponent that year, the incumbent enjoyed a fund-raising advantage of roughly 5 to 1. In late September of the campaign, Curry charged that Rowland's administration had awarded contracts based on rigged bidding procedures. Although those charges later proved to be the heart of the scandal that forced Rowland to resign, plead guilty and serve a federal prison sentence, they did not become a significant issue in the campaign. Stressing his accomplishments as Governor, Rowland won his third term by a 12-point margin.

Journalism[edit]

Curry is a political columnist for Salon.com. Curry wrote a political column for the Hartford Courant in Hartford, Connecticut.[1] On August 26, 2007 he endorsed a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.[2] He is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio. He was also frequently on Colin McEnroe's afternoon radio show on WNPR[citation needed].

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Caldwell
Comptroller of Connecticut
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Nancy Wyman
Preceded by
David Gergen
Counselor to the President
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Paul Begala
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Morrison
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
1994
Succeeded by
Barbara Kennelly
Preceded by
Barbara Kennelly
Democratic nominee for Governor of Connecticut
2002
Succeeded by
John DeStefano