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Bysiewicz Expected to Make The Switch To AG Race

by | Jan 12, 2010 12:21pm
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Posted to: Election 2010

(Updated) Rumors that Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz would switch from her gubernatorial bid to the attorney general’s race have been swirling ever since Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced he would run for Chris Dodd’s Senate seat.

It wasn’t a matter of if, rather, it was a matter of when.

Bysiewicz’s campaign confirmed that she would make an announcement 11 a.m., Wednesday at Middletown’s City Hall, but wouldn’t say which way she planned to go. Numerous sources said both Monday and Tuesday this week that she will make the switch.

The decision means Bysiewicz, who was the Democratic front-runner in recent polls, will let the remaining seven Democratic candidates for governor duke it out while she moves to a less crowded race.

George Jepsen, former state legislator and Democratic Party leader, announced he would seek the Democratic nomination seconds after Blumenthal announced his bid for the U.S. Senate last week.

In anticipation of Bysiewicz’s expected announcement, Jepsen released a statement Tuesday, saying, “If I become Attorney General, I pledge to give my full time and commitment to the position.”

“We need an Attorney General who, like Richard Blumenthal, will be a constant beacon for legal leadership and ethics over many years, and not a person looking at this position as a short-term stepping stone,” Jepsen went on to say. “I would ask that other officials running for Attorney General match my pledge.”

Bysiewicz’s brother-in-law, Ross Garber, also has expressed interest in the attorney general’s office. But if he ran, he would be seeking the Republican nomination. Garber, a partner in the Hartford law firm of Shipman and Goodwin, has not made a decision yet.

“It’s a unique opportunity to do a job in which I’d be able to do a lot of good,” Garber said in an email last week. “I’m talking to my family and expect to make a decision in the next few days.”

Garber could be joined on the Republican side by state Sens. Andrew Roraback and John Kissel, state Reps. Themis Klarides and Arthur O’Neill, and possibly Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy.

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(3) Archived Comments

posted by: Creedible | January 12, 2010  4:06pm

Great story Christine! It will be interesting to see what she has to say tomorrow.

posted by: William Doriss | January 12, 2010  7:41pm

Busy Bysie, Not! 11 a.m.,... no I won’t be there. Thanx, but no thanx. Bloomy is up the creek without a paddle, trust it. One thing is for sure: Doddo Bird is an extinct species. Can LieberMouth be far behind? (You wild CT turkeys voted for him!?!) Corrupticut; down, down, down she goes, where she stops, nobody nose? (the Nose knowwws, trust it.) No hard feelings, Bysie. For real. I smell something burnin’ on your stove?!?

posted by: abg | January 13, 2010  5:21pm

From a partisan perspective it’s good to see the Democrats sorting things out behind the scenes so that we can unite behind candidates for statewide office as soon as possible and avoid a fractious convention and primary… though on the other hand it’s problematic from the standpoint of democracy and “let the people decide.” It would certainly be too bad to see the party brass try to force Lamont out of the race.