Bysiewicz will not seek office in 2010

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, whose candidacy for attorney general ended with a stunning court decision Tuesday, issued a statement today that she will not run for another office this year.

Bysiewicz had been considering whether to seek nomination to secretary of the state or, possibly, comptroller, the post Nancy Wyman is vacating to run for lieutenant governor with Dan Malloy.

Her decision spares the Democratic Party from the spectacle of Bysiewicz making an 11th-hour entry into another race at the Democratic State Convention that opens Friday.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Bysiewicz lacks the 10 years of active practice of law required to hold the office of attorney general.

Her statement:”While I’m obviously disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling, I respect their decision. And while, I’m extremely grateful and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement that I’ve received, I will not be a candidate for any office in 2010.

Although I won’t be running for office this year, I will be spending every single moment I can working hard for Democrats up and down the ballot this fall. Make no mistake about it, my commitment to the principles and ideals of the Democrat party will never waver.

It’s been a great honor to serve the citizens of Connecticut for the past 12 years as Secretary of the State and I am tremendously grateful for all of your support. It has also been a pleasure to visit every town and city across our state and get to know so many wonderful and hard working people. Your friendship has meant the world to me and I look forward to continuing our fight for the values we all share in the days and months ahead.”