WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will announce on Thursday that he plans to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), several Democratic sources tell the Huffington Post.
The announcement will make the Murphy the second lawmaker to enter the Democratic primary. Earlier in the week, Susan Bysiewicz, a thrice-elected former secretary of state, said that she intended to run for Lieberman’s seat as well.
News of Murphy’s impending entrance into the race was first reported by Hartford Courant columnist and political blogger Kevin Rennie. A Democratic source said the congressman alerted fellow lawmakers of his decision on Wednesday after Lieberman announced he would not be seeking a fifth term in office.