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Majority Leader Will Run For Statewide Office

by Christine Stuart | Dec 18, 2009 11:22am
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Posted to: Election 2010

Majority Leader Denise Merrill of Mansfield said Friday that she will be officially announcing her candidacy for Secretary of the State next week.

“I’m not exploring, I’m running,” Merrill said Friday.

Merrill, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1994, entered politics through a League of Women Voters law and citizenship program, so running for Secretary of State is “going back to my roots,” she said. 

Merrill also was once the vice chairwoman of the legislature’s General Administration and Elections Committee. She has also served as chairwoman of the legislature’s powerful Appropriations Committee.

As far as the timing is concerned, “it just feels like the time,” she said.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who is also a Democrat, has been traveling the state laying the foundation for a run for governor.

Merrill, who has served as House Majority Leader for the past year, is entering an already crowded field exploring a bid for Secretary of the State.

Others running include former New Haven Alderman Gerry Garcia, state Sen. Jonathan Harris, Bloomfield lawyer Corey Brinson, Republican Richard Abbate, state Rep. James Spallone, D-Essex, and Rep. Kevin Roldan, D-Hartford.

“I think I’m the person for the job,” Merrill said.

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posted by: City Hall Watch | December 18, 2009  4:11pm

I’m confused by Denise Merrill’s run for Sec of State. Does she just want a bigger paycheck and better benefits? A car, a driver, bigger office? She has spent her time since entering the legislature making the life of taxpayers in CT more expensive by supporting, indeed leading the charge for higher taxes, fees and gross escalations and expansions of state government to the point we can’t even pay for it anymore. Then she ignores calls for cuts claiming there will be job losses, a claim that is poorly sourced by special intersts whose only concerns is to keep state spending high regardless of the long and short term cost of government. Her refusal to take action last year, together with Donovan and Williams will now cost state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in additional interest payments because we had to borrow a billion dollars just to keep the lights on. This is good government, responsible government? So, I’m quite confused as to what she will do as Sec of State - the same office that has reporting oversight of voters and company filings, the same companies for whom she relentlessly raised taxes. Why should I or any member of my family vote Denise into a higher office?