REDDING, Conn. — CNBC financial commentator Larry Kudlow, who lives in Redding, announced on live television Tuesday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate.
Kudlow, 68, had been weighing a Republican run against current U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). But Kudlow said he has decided that he likes his job as a TV and radio commentator too much to give it up for a Senate seat.
Kudlow does financial commentary on CNBC and also on a Saturday radio show that is based at WABC in New York and syndicated on nearly 180 stations.
"The best course for me was to do exactly what I'm doing, which I love,'' Kudlow said in an interview at about 1:30 p.m. "That was the bottom, bottom line. ... I love being a broadcaster.''
"I love it so much that I don't want to give it up,'' Kudlow told two colleagues on CNBC. "I want to add that I love doing the radio show. ... I don't want to give that up. I just love it too much.''
Kudlow said in the interview that he believes Blumenthal, a 70-year-old from Greenwich, is vulnerable this election cycle as he runs for his second term as a U.S. senator.
According to the Connecticut Post , Kudlow’s decision not to enter the race could help other possible Republican Senate candidates, including Stamford banker August Wolf and former gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti of West Hartford.
Click here to watch the announcement at the CNBC website.