Jepsen to run for AG

Hartford - Former Connecticut Democratic chairman George Jepsen is planning a run for attorney general, he said Wednesday.

Jepsen, a former state Senate majority leader, said he had long planned to run for the office if current Attorney General Richard Blumenthal moved on. Blumenthal will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate this afternoon.

"Dick Blumenthal has been the gold standard for attorney generals across the country," Jepsen said Wednesday.

Jepsen intends to form an exploratory committee in the next few days.

It wouldn't be the first time Jepsen follows Blumenthal into an elected office. He succeeded Blumenthal in the state Senate, representing Greenwich, in the 1990s.

"I've stepped into his shoes before," Jepsen said, "and I'd be comfortable doing it again."

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