Democrat Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut's former secretary of state, announced Tuesday she will run for the U.S. Senate in 2012, the first candidate to enter what is likely to be a crowded field seeking the seat held by four-term Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
In making her announcement, Bysiewicz, 49, charged that Lieberman has lost touch with Connecticut residents, saying he traveled across the country in fall 2008 on behalf of Republican presidential candidate John McCain while the state was mired in the economic recession, the Hartford Courant reported
"I will be a senator focused on listening to my constituents, to visiting as many towns as I could possibly visit and hearing directly from the people,'' she said. "I [always] got my best ideas from my constituents...It's important to continue to keep in close touch with the voters in this state.''
Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is to make an announcement on his re-election plans tomorrow in Connecticut, Politico reported
"After many thoughtful conversations with family and friends over the last several months, Sen. Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday," said Erika Masonhall, a Lieberman spokeswoman who declined to comment further.
Besides Lieberman, other possible Senate candidates include Republican Linda McMahon, who lost her Senate bid in 2010 to Richard Blumenthal, and U.S. Reps. Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney, both Democrats, the Courant said.