While Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wasn’t saying anything Tuesday about a possible run for governor in 2010, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said she plans on filing papers to explore a run within the next few weeks.
“I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement from people around the state,” Bysiewicz said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Asked if she is worried about the crowded field of Democratic competitors, Bysiewicz said she only knows of one: former Speaker of the House James Amann.
Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy, who lost the Democratic primary in 2006 to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., also has expressed interest in another campaign for the state’s top spot.
Bysiewicz said she has a strong record of accomplishment in helping 7,000 small businesses get established or expand in the state and has been a leader in transparency and accountability in government. She said she uses taxpayers money in an efficient way and is doing more with less. She also said she’s been a top vote getter for the Democratic Party and is the only one who has won a statewide campaign and primary.
Bysiewicz, who was elected Secretary of State in 1998, expressed interest in a run for governor back in 2006. “I came to the conclusion my energy and talents were better spent preparing voters for the new voting machines,” she said.