Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz took the first step towards political rehabilitation today with a lighthearted, upbeat speech to the Democratic State Convention.

“How was your week? I guess I can take the Supreme Court justices off my Christmas card list,” Bysiewicz said. “Obviously, this isn’t the speech I planned on giving.”

Bysiewicz, who had been the frontrunner for the nomination for attorney general, saw her campaign end Tuesday with a unanimous Supreme Court decision that she did not meet the statutory requirements to be attorney general.

With a self-deprecating speech, Bysiewicz showed a softer side to one of the most intense personas in Connecticut politics. On Friday, she acknowledged how stunning it was to see her career shuttled off to a siding

“What’s next for me?” Bysiewicz said today. “I’m here to give you the answer.”

If anyone thought she might prematurely announce a candidacy for U.S. Senate against Joseph I. Lieberman in 2012, they were disappointed.

Instead, she stayed on safer ground, pledging to continue working for the Democratic ticket this year, starting with the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

“My bad week was nothing” compared to the struggles of Connecticut families, she said. “I am going to fight for the Democratic principles and policies that we all share.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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