Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is the subject of the rumor mill at the state Capitol and many political circles that she will run for attorney general rather than governor, the office she has focusing on since forming a statewide “candidate committee.”
The Hanging Shad reported yesterday morning that Bysiewicz would run for attorney general instead of governor and that she would make it public this week. Now this afternoon, the Hartford Courant website and the Connecticut Law Tribune online are both reporting that she has decided to run for AG and has scheduled an 11 a.m. announcement tomorrow at Middletown City Hall.
The decision is unusual in practical political terms and it shakes up two races. Bysiewicz is leaving the expected field of candidates for governor even though she leads in the latest polls. That leaves former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy and former US Senate candidate Ned Lamont leading the field for the Democratic nomination. In the last Quinnipiac poll, Bysiewicz had 26 percent, Lamont had 23 percent, Malloy had 9 percent, while former House Speaker James Amann trailed in fourth place with less than 5 percent. The survey was taken just as Lamont got into the race and therefore he was in headlines across the state while the survey was in the field
The attorney general’s race on the Democratic side is now set up for a Bysiewicz – Jepsen match-up people have been talking about for years. George Jepsen, the former senate majority leader and party chairman has been out of the public eye for years but is said to be going hard after an office he’s always wanted.