The author of a racy novel about hedge funds is looking for a new job.
Lee Whitnum announced her candidacy for governor of Connecticut this week. She’ll seek the Democratic nod for the seat, likely pitting her against current governor and nemesis Dannel Malloy, who has not announced plans to run for re-election but who is expected to.
The race will be Whitnum’s fourth, following failed primary bids for Congress in 2008 and Senate in 2010 and 2012. Following that race, she quit the Democratic Party, saying she couldn’t be a member of an organization “where two of the highest representatives in the party, namely Gov. Malloy and Congressman Murphy, lie to the people about the real reason why we went to the Iraq war.”
Whitnum’s race against Murphy, who went on to win the primary and then the general elections, turned nasty, with the author of Hedge Fund Mistress calling the then-congressman a “whore” for his support of Israel. Her relations with Malloy have been no warmer; Whitnum sued Malloy for slander in 2010 after he called her comments about Israel during her 2008 campaign anti-Semitic. The lawsuit was dismissed, but not before Malloy sought an order of protection against Whitnum.
Whitnum has since been arrested twice, once for allegedly stalking the judge presiding over her divorce, and once for allegedly harassing her ex-husband at an assisted-living facility. Both cases are still pending.
Given that history, it’s no surprise that Whitnum’s campaign is based on “cleaning up the judiciary in Connecticut,” giving “average folks the right to fire dishonest and corrupt judges who push the boundaries of ‘judicial discretion.’”