If only there were more hours in the day, I would mock the Senate campaign of Eph parent Diane Urban. Fortunately, news articles are mocking enough.

Given those factors, the response to Urban’s filing was virtually uniform befuddlement.

“I guess I have four words: I don’t get it,” said Rep. Lawrence Cafero, R- Norwalk, the deputy minority leader who is likely to be voted minority leader after the election in the fall.

“I presume she doesn’t believe at this stage in the race … that she is going to get anywhere,” Cafero said, when asked how he expected Urban’s decision to be received by fellow Republicans. “Some might think it’s a publicity stunt for herself, but I believe she’s running unopposed (for her legislative seat). That’s why I guess I would say … I don’t get it.”

Party officials waved off the importance of Urban’s move, saying her decision to run against their endorsed candidate would not damage the party’s chances of unseating Lieberman.

“I guess my feeling on that is that if Diana wants to run as an independent or the Diana Urban party, that’s fine,” said George Gallo, the party’s chairman. “I don’t anticipate her taking many votes, if any votes, from any Republican candidate.”

“I don’t think when Diana Urban does such a thing that it’s a sign of being fractured on the Republican side at all,” Cafero said. “To my knowledge, she doesn’t speak for anyone in the party. She certainly doesn’t speak for the House Republican caucus.”

Befuddlement, indeed.

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