Fedele’s back, he’s bearded and, no, he’s not tempted to run for state Senate

There was a Mike Fedele sighting today.

The lieutenant governor hasn’t been seen much since the election. He took a pass on attending the testimonial dinner for his boss, M. Jodi Rell, who never quite got around to endorsing his run for governor. But Fedele was seen chatting in the Senate chamber with Nancy Wyman, who succeeds him Wednesday as lieutenant governor and presiding officer of the Senate.

Wyman was familiarizing herself with the customs and procedures to run a session, helped by Fedele and his staff. The lesson ended with Fedele offering Wyman a hug and his best wishes.

Fedele’s sporting a new look: a neat goatee.

He says he is not tempted to run for the state Senate seat in Stamford, which is about to be vacated by Andrew McDonald, who will be Dan Malloy’s general counsel. McDonald and Fedele battled for the seat in 2002, each spending more than $200,000 in what was the most expensive legislative race in Connecticut.

Fedele, who owns a successful information-technology company, says he will stick to business.

Still, good things tend to happen to people who hold that 27th District senate seat. McDonald was preceded by George Jepsen, the attorney general-elect. Jepsen was preceded by Richard Blumenthal, who become attorney general and on Wednesday will become a U.S. senator.