Susan Bysiewicz CT MIrror
Susan Bysiewicz CT MIrror

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz opened a gubernatorial campaign committee Tuesday, ending an exploratory campaign that began as a precursor to a run for state Senate and quickly grew more ambitious.

Her action coincides with the announcement by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, that she would not seek re-election, underscoring Bysiewicz is focused on the race for governor and not interested in Esty’s seat.

Bysiewicz actually lives in Middletown, a community in the 3rd Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro. But that did not quell speculation that Bysiewicz, who has previously expressed a willingness to move for political reasons, might be tempted.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin is now the only Democratic gubernatorial contender with an exploratory committee.

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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