Susan Bysiewicz (D) “today declared herself a candidate for U.S. Senate, trying to put the disasters of 2010 behind her by getting an early jump on 2012, when U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is up for re-election,” the Connecticut Mirror reports.
Bysiewicz, 49, a Democrat whose career derailed last year after her abrupt and ill-fated switch from an exploratory campaign for governor to a run for attorney general, announced her plans in an email to reporters and discussed them in a telephone interview. The Mirror reported her intentions earlier today.
A friend “briefed on her Senate plans said Monday night that Bysiewicz, who won statewide races for secretary of the state in 1998, 2002 and 2006, intends to circulate a pollster’s memorandum detailing findings that she remains well-known and popular.”
Her announcement is likely to nudge U.S. Reps. Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney, who also are considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Senate, toward a decision. Lieberman, who was re-elected as an independent in 2006, has not said if he will seek a fifth term in 2012.