Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has not ruled out running for another elected office now that the state Supreme Court has ruled her ineligible to serve as attorney general and said she “absolutely” plans to attend this weekend’s state Democratic Convention.

Twenty-four hours ago Bysiewicz was planning on attending the convention to capture the party nomination for attorney general.

“I can tell you I love public service and I hope to contribute in the future and what form that will take on I don’t know,” she said during a phone interview Wednesday.

She said she is still “digesting and absorbing” the court’s ruling and would be making a decision soon on her future endeavors, just how soon, she did not know.

Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell reacted to the court ruling today, saying, “I don’t know the law as well but I think it was very clear that they made that decision unanimously.”

George Jepsen, now the frontrunner in the AG race for the Democrats, said he called Bysiewicz last night after receiving news of the ruling.

“I think you need to cut her some slack. I don’t think she was expecting yesterday’s outcome,” he said.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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