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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Bysiewicz will drop out of the Governor race

The contenders for the Democratic nomination for Governor just got smaller as Susan Bysiewicz will announce that she'll drop out of the race. This is probably a good move for the Secratary of State as she really wasn't collecting the type of revenue neeed to run an election nor was she gaining any media attention like the other candidates.

Her change in game plan and running for re-election as Secratary of State seems like the best thing for her and she has a solid chance in winning her post again (which will be all the more evident as we'll see the other candidates running for Secratary of State will now quickly bow out of the race).

From the Hartford Courant
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz intends to withdraw Friday from the three-way race for the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Bysiewicz, whose fund-raising has lagged in recent months, told friends and contributors Wednesday that she instead will seek re-election to a third term as secretary of the state, several Democrats said.

She declined Wednesday to discuss her decision, which some Democrats viewed as inevitable in recent weeks. "I will have something to say on Friday," Bysiewicz said.

Her departure will leave the Democratic field to two longtime mayors, John DeStefano Jr. of New Haven and Dannel P. Malloy of Stamford.

[...]

Bysiewicz's decision is likely to empty a crowded Democratic field for secretary of the state, an office that propelled Ella T. Grasso to governor and Barbara B. Kennelly to Congress.

One of the contenders for secretary, Bob Landino, said Bysiewicz informed him Wednesday morning of her decision. He said he would not challenge her.

"She is a friend and great public servant," Landino said.

Other Democratic insiders, who did not want to be quoted by name out of deference to Bysiewicz, said they were aware of Bysiewicz also telling supporters of her withdrawal.