Not a single contender for governor has ever won a statewide election, something that’s not lost on former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who said she is being urged by some fellow Democrats to jump into the 2018 race.
Bysiewicz served three terms as the state’s top election official ending in 2010, but the Middletown politician’s quest for higher office has been derailed multiple times, including when the state Supreme Court ruled her ineligible for state attorney general because she hadn’t practiced law long enough.
There is mounting speculation that Bysiewicz, who has been exploring a state Senate run since April, could seek to fill the void left by former Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Lembo.
“When Kevin Lembo announced that he was going to stop exploring the governor’s race and run for re-election as comptroller, I started getting a lot of calls from people saying, ‘It looks like the race has changed. Would you consider running for governor?’ ” Bysiewicz said. “I’ve won statewide office many times. They wanted me to take a look. I’m certainly taking people’s calls and listening.”
Bysiewicz, 55, said her focus is on a potential bid for state Senate, for which she has knocked on 8,000 doors and raised more than $15,000 to qualify for public election funding. The former three-term state legislator left the door substantially open for a run for governor, however.
“I think for me it would be important to know whether (Lt. Gov.) Nancy Wyman is going to run, because she has indicated that she is weighing it,” Bysiewicz said. “She would clear a lot of…
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