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Sen. Paul Doyle, one of three Democratic state Senators to surprise his colleagues and vote for a Republican budget this past September, announced Tuesday that he’s exploring a run for attorney general.

The six-term state senator from Wethersfield is now one of three Democrats who are running or considering a run for attorney general following news that Attorney General George Jepsen won’t seek a third term. He joins Rep. William Tong and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei who announced last week that they’re running for the seat.

Doyle, whose vote for the Republican budget may have made him vulnerable for re-election to his senate seat, has said he has no regrets about his vote. During the debate he said that he didn’t care if got re-elected as a result of his vote because it was the right thing to do for the state of Connecticut.

Doyle has been in private practice for over 26 years and until recently it was assumed that Jepsen would seek re-election.

“An effective Attorney General will not only stand up for the rights of all residents and defend the State of Connecticut in civil matters, but importantly, challenge in court any attempts by President Trump or others who try to attack the laws and values of the great state of Connecticut,” Doyle said. “I look forward to speaking with citizens of Connecticut to hear their concerns about their lives and discussing my possible candidacy for the Office of Attorney General.”

Prior to serving in the state Senate, Doyle spent 12 years in the House and three years on the Wethersfield Town Council.