U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy posted a video addressed to supporters announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
In an email to reporters, he issued a statement:
“I’ve decided to run for the United States Senate in 2012 because I believe that I can be a stronger voice for the issues that matter to Connecticut, like creating good jobs and ending these costly wars, in the Senate.
“This wasn’t an easy decision for me. My heart is in the Fifth District, where Cathy and I are raising our son, and my top priority will continue to be doing this job that I love. I only take this step because I believe I can be an even stronger voice for change in the United States Senate.
“I’m thankful for all the encouragement I have received to take this step, from family, friends, and people across the state. What I’ve heard is that people feel that the Senate simply doesn’t work anymore – it’s become an unjustifiable barrier to positive change, and Connecticut needs a fresh, progressive voice there that will push for both policy and institutional reform. “