Christine Stuart file photo
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (Christine Stuart file photo)

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal just announced on WTIC’s morning show that he won’t be seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010. Instead he will seek a sixth term as attorney general.

“I am as excited and enthusiastic as ever about the challenges and opportunities in this job,” Blumenthal said in a statement released Monday morning. As attorney general, he said, he will continue to fight against consumer fraud, environmental harm, child abuse and neglect, financial wrongdoing, waste and mismanagement in government, and other violations of law.

Blumenthal’s announcement Monday morning ends the speculation about a run for governor and leaves the field open for former Speaker of the House James Amann, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, and Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy. State Comptroller Nancy Wyman has also expressed interest in a gubernatorial bid.

Amann’s campaign was quick to issue a response to the news. “Dick Blumenthal would have been a formidable candidate in the race. I respect his decision and his acknowledgment about the importance of the job of attorney general. He has been incredibly effective in that role and will no doubt continue to be,” Amann said in a press release.

Malloy’s campaign released a short statement late Monday morning saying, “Today’s announcement by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal that he will seek reelection is great news for the State of Connecticut. As AG, he’s protected consumers and made Connecticut a safer place to live. I’m proud to call him my friend and colleague, and we should all be proud to call him our Attorney General. In regards to my own political future, I’ve made it clear that I love being Mayor of Stamford, and that the only other job I’d be interested in pursuing is Governor.  I’ll have more to say about that tomorrow.”