It’s official: there will be a Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.

Susan Bysiewicz, who finished in second place at the Democratic convention, filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday that ensures her a place on the Aug. 14 primary ballot.

“We’re excited about going forward,” the former secretary of the state told reporters. “Primaries are incredibly helpful for our election process because they get voters involved much earlier.”

And then she quickly pivoted to her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

“It’s not about the insiders anymore… Now there are two choices for the Democratic voters of our state,” she said. “Chris Murphy has become Wall Street. Chris Murphy is too cozy with Wall Street and he’s not someone who’s going to be able to stand up to the likes of” top insurance and hedge fund managers.

Her proof: Murphy has received millions from such people.

“What we need is a leader who is able to stand strong against corporate and special interests,” she said.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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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