WASHINGTON — The 2012 Senate primary contest in Connecticut is quickly becoming crowded. Two prominent House Democrats, Chris Murphy and Joe Courtney, are eyeing a bid, with Joe Lieberman’s future uncertain. Susan Bysiewicz, a thrice-elected former secretary of state, is also jumping into the race.
Lieberman, who lost a 2006 primary to netroots insurgent Ned Lamont, will announce on Wednesday whether he will run as an independent, a Democrat or a Republican. Those close to him are unusually tight-lipped about his plans, leading to speculation among Connecticut operatives that he had seen the same polling data they had and would be dropping out.
“Senator Lieberman made a decision about his future over the holidays which he plans to announce on Wednesday,” a Lieberman spokesman said. In 2006, Lieberman ran under a party he created called Connecticut for Lieberman. Anti-Lieberman activists, however, have since taken it over.