U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, will announce his candidacy for U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman’s seat Thursday, according to a Democrat who spoke to him Wednesday.

“He is absolutely 100 percent,” said the Democrat.

Murphy is expected to issue a statement from Washington, then fly to Connecticut for a small meet-and-greet with family and friends at a restaurant in Cheshire, where lives with his wife and child.

He could not be reached for comment.

His intentions to announce were first reported by Kevin Rennie in his blog, Daily Ructions.

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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