Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is asking a state court judge for an expedited ruling in her favor, essentially confirming that she is eligible to run for attorney general.
Listen for our reports on WNPR this afternoon. Read her press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Mason
February 18th, 2010 (860) 257 4988
BYSIEWICZ, CT DEMOCRATS SEEK
AG ELIGIBILITY CONFIRMATION
(Hartford) – Seeking official confirmation of her eligibility as a candidate, Secretary of the State and candidate for Attorney General Susan Bysiewicz today filed suit in Hartford Superior Court for a Declaratory Ruling on the state’s legal requirements for the Office of Attorney General.
“I am happy to have this opportunity to confirm my eligibility for the office of Attorney General for the State of Connecticut,” said Bysiewicz. “It is clear that I more than meet the requirements to serve as Attorney General and this effort will confirm that once and for all.”
Connecticut State Law currently requires that the Attorney General be “an attorney of at least ten years’ active practice at the bar of this state…” (CGS 3-124) Through the suit, Bysiewicz argues that she meets this requirement through her service in private practice and in public service as Secretary of the State for more than a decade. Furthermore, Bysiewicz indicates that the very requirement itself is unconstitutional under the Connecticut and U.S. Constitutions.
The suit seeks injunctive relief in order to prevent any harm to the Democratic Party and the voters of Connecticut, who face uncertainty as to the status of a declared candidate for statewide office. The suit includes all required parties that have authority over placement of candidates on the primary ballot this August, including the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party Chair, Nancy DiNardo.
Bysiewicz, who filed the suit as a private individual, is represented by Attorney Wesley Horton, a renowned authority on Connecticut constitutional law. Bysiewicz was also joined by Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo.
“I am proud to stand with Susan as she takes this important step to resolving a critical issue not just for this election, but for all future elections for Attorney General,” said DiNardo. “Connecticut voters deserve clarity on who is legally eligible to seek this office so they can focus on the more important issue of who is the best choice to serve.”
“My focus has always been fighting for the people of Connecticut,” said Bysiewicz. “I look forward to discussing my strong record of service to Connecticut and my plan to protect Connecticut jobs, safeguard our consumers, and defend our environment.” Susan Bysiewicz is the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. From 1988 to 1992, Secretary Bysiewicz represented the 100th Assembly District in the State House of Representatives. In that capacity, she also served as House Chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee. A graduate of Yale College and Duke University School of Law, she has practiced corporate, international, banking, health care, and pension law at several area firms. A native of Middletown, she continues to reside there with her husband, David Donaldson, and their three children.