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State Supreme Court rules Bysiewicz not qualified to run for Attorney General

by: ctblogger

Tue May 18, 2010 at 17:19:50 PM EDT


Today's 7-0 unanimous decision brings Susan Bysiewicz's run for Attorney General to an end.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously reversed a lower court ruling that would have allowed Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz to run for state attorney general.

The ruling shockingly ends one of the most unusual chapters in Connecticut's political history. Bysiewicz had been one of the leading candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination until January, when Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's decision to run for U.S. Senate prompted her to run for the office he was vacating.


CTNewsJunkie has more:
On Tuesday the court ruled from the bench that Bysiewicz has in fact not been working as a lawyer, and is therefore ineligible to run for attorney general.

Bysiewicz's attorney Dan Krisch said the high court found that the statute was constitutional and his client did not qualify under it. There was no written ruling, but the justices spent about an hour in chambers deliberating on their decision, Krisch said.

"Right now we don't know why they ruled the way they did," Krisch said. Since, there's not any issues they will be able to take to the U.S. Supreme Court it looks like this is "probably the end of the line."

"I am tremendously disappointed with the court's decision overturning Judge Sheldon's ruling and I strongly disagree with the decision both on the eligibility and the constitutionality issue. However, I do respect the rule of law and will abide by it," Bysiewicz said Tuesday evening.

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Today is a "sh*t storm" for CT Democrats... (0.00 / 0)
We now have a dead man walking for the US Senate, and his Democratic opponent is calling him a "liar" and a "coward", and the promising career of S. B. is down the toilet. Who is running this show???

So, all of you that think this is a one day story, forget it and start thinking about who can replace S. B., and as many of call him, "Blummy." Where is John Bailey when we need him?


The Blumenthal thing will go away (4.00 / 1)
Will people want to vote for Simmons, who thought that Vietnam was "worth it"?  Who was associated with an "assassination campaign" in the Phoenix Project that murdered over 26,000 people there?  Don't we have enough war criminals awaiting prosecution?  And then there is McMahon and her obscene sado-masochistic "wrestling" empire.  And a couple of misplaced words will cause people to vote for them?

I just don't think so.


[ Parent ]
. (0.00 / 0)
And a couple of misplaced words will cause people to vote for them?

I just don't think so.

you're overestimating the voting public :(

.Adding Another Dimension of Vituperation Toxicity to Blogging since 1999!.


[ Parent ]
Do you think Blumenthal will have to withdraw from the campaign? (0.00 / 0)


[ Parent ]
Ouch. (0.00 / 0)
If he does so, he'll have to announce it by Friday.

[ Parent ]
I agree (4.00 / 1)
Joe Biden has said much dumber things and now he's VP. This Vietnam issue with Blumenthal is minor in the long run.

However, I do think Blumenthal needs to get his shit together before the general election. His campaign could be so much better than it is.  

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison


[ Parent ]
Joe Biden never lied about... (0.00 / 0)
serving in war, and to do so is too big to overcome.

[ Parent ]
I agree (0.00 / 0)
it's been a really bad day

these two candidates had the best name recognition and now they're doomed.


.Adding Another Dimension of Vituperation Toxicity to Blogging since 1999!.


[ Parent ]
Susan destroyed her political career (4.00 / 2)
I hate to say it because I like Susan B. personally--but when she switched from the gubernatorial race to the AG race, she came across as a power-hungry opportunist.

She was leading the gubernatorial race--a race in which she was actually qualified to run to settle for the lower position of AG. It didn't make any sense to me until someone told me it was because she really had her sights on Joe Lieberman's Senate seat in 2012 and thought that the AG position was a better launch pad for a senatorial bid. She openly refused to rule out a run for U.S. Senate.

She never looked like she was sincerely committed to the position of either governor or AG. She came across as a phony.

I wonder if she would have the ability (or chutzpah) to jump back into the Sec of State race.

I agree with the court's ruling. Given that you don't have to be a lawyer to be Sec of State, it makes no sense that someone in that position would be considered to be in the "active practice of law".

What a sad ending to a promising political career.  

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison


I agree. And it is sad. (0.00 / 0)
I just cannot believe that she didn't think very carefully about AG, and about the requirements and do her homework.  Pretty stunning outcome, really.

[ Parent ]
An opportunist for SOTS? (0.00 / 0)
We still haven't had an AG ruling on the SOTS mailing list campaign mailing issue, have we?

Sufi said, "I wonder if she would have the ability (or chutzpah) to jump back into the Sec of State race."

I have to ask whether someone who comes across as a political opportunist is a wose choice of the person to have running election administration in a state. I conclude not.


[ Parent ]
That was WISE (0.00 / 0)
it kinda looked like worse...we could go with worse, too, I guess.

[ Parent ]
response (0.00 / 0)
that's because she is a phony.

I never cared for her.  She always came across as a political opportunist.  Aggressive and abrasive.


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She never really had a good grasp of the law.... (0.00 / 0)
http://www.encyclopedia.com/do...

Jul. 13, 2007--Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has determined that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., did not flout election law by founding, then abandoning, a new minor party last summer.

Bysiewicz was responding to a request from John Orman, a Fairfield University political science professor, for an advisory opinion from the state attorney general on whether the senator founded the Connecticut for Lieberman Party under false pretenses.

 

That was a tough one for me (0.00 / 0)
I was leaning toward supporting Susan despite that, once she won her legal challenge.  

Well, she didn't win. She's finished as far as A.G. race goes. I hope she still has a future in government service, but even that looks somewhat doubtful now.

I'm voting for George Jepsen for Attorney General.  

Connecticut Bob


[ Parent ]
That was a tough one for me (0.00 / 0)
I was leaning toward supporting Susan despite that, once she won her legal challenge.  

Well, she didn't win. She's finished as far as A.G. race goes. I hope she still has a future in government service, but even that looks somewhat doubtful now.

I'm voting for George Jepsen for Attorney General.  

Connecticut Bob


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the politicking revealed for what it was (0.00 / 0)
It was not a nasty whispering campaign or nasty GOP talking points.  There was  substantive question that she hoped to gloss over, using her popularity as a buffer against the questions of law.

All you people who glaze over at election minutiae, sit up and take note.

There's a lot more history of glossing over to be fathomed by the public.  Let's start with "the audits came out perfectly". "the machines performed perfectly" and go from there.


[ Parent ]
true (0.00 / 0)
Yeah, I don't think she did a great job as Sec of State so I wouldn't support her in that position if she sought it again. Plus, I am troubled by the allegations that she used that office for political campaign purposes. In fact, she is under investigation by Dick Blumenthal's office.

It's unseemly to have a candidate for attorney general that is under investigation by the current attorney general.  

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."--James Madison


[ Parent ]
SuBy For Senate? (0.00 / 0)
Now she can go ahead and do what she really wanted to all along?

 
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