(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.