Murphy To Announce Senate Candidacy Thursday.
United States Representative Christopher Murphy will announce Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate from Connecticut in 2012, Daily Ructions has learned. Murphy’s declaration follows by one day incumbent Joseph Lieberman’s announcement that he will not seek a 5th term. On Monday, damaged former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz formed a committee to run for the nomination and released a poll showing her the favorite, only days after saying she had no intentions to get into the race.
Murphy, who in November was elected to a third term from the 5th congressional district, will start Thursday in Washington and then travel to Connecticut to meet with local supporters.
Observers expect a fierce fundraising fight between Murphy and Bysiewicz to begin right away with all eyes on their 1st quarter reports when they are released in the spring.
UPDATE: Daily Ructions has learned that an internal Murphy poll has the Cheshire Democrat leading Bysiewicz 47% to 35% among Connecticut Democrats.
UPDATE: Murphy will meet with supporters at the Waverly Tavern Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Cheshire at 5 p.m.