(CNN) - A prominent Connecticut Democratic politician announced Tuesday her intention to launch a bid for the state's Senate seat currently held by independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
Former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz's announcement may encourage others eyeing the Democratic nomination to announce their intentions sooner rather than later. Reps. Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy are said to be considering a bid; Lieberman's Democratic colleagues are rumored to be encouraging him to run for re-election as a Democrat.
Bysiewicz was first elected to the secretary of state's office in 1999 and has won four statewide elections. In a statement, she took a swipe at Lieberman.
"We need a Senator who is 100 percent focused on helping our state, and Senator Joe Lieberman has been focused on everything but Connecticut," she said.
Lieberman's office did not immediately return CNN's phone call for comment.
Bysiewicz was embarrassed by a number of blunders in 2010, most notably her forced elimination from the race for state attorney general after Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled that she did not have the judicial experience required by state law to be elected.
She was also found by the state's Democratic attorney general to have misused a state-owned database of 35,000 voters' contact information.
In an attempt to assuage worries that she may no longer be electable, Bysiewicz's campaign released polling data Tuesday afternoon that places her ahead of Lieberman, Courtney, Murphy and failed Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon in hypothetical primary and general election match-ups.
Connecticut's 2010 Senate race was the most expensive in state history. With nearly two full years until the 2012 general election, that record may not stand for long.
So begins the 2012 effort of the far left to continue purging the Democrat Party of its moderates and Blue Dogs. Like they said, the Progressives bought and paid for the Democrat Party. All others need not apply.
If you want these people running the USA, you must like what you see in the streets of Greece. These people want to implement the very same policies in the USA that have bankrupted many European countries. Wake up America before the same is brought to streets near you.
Anyone but Joe at this point! This is going to be a very interesting race. Will Sister Sarah come and campaign for Joe?
The reason the 2010 race was so expensive is that Linda McMaon spent tens of millions of her Own money to try and grt elected. Didn't work out too well for her.
I'd be surprised if the 2012 race is expensive.
Wait a minute ... Now I am this and now I am not ... You can't see my change of spots? Sen. Joseph Lieberman ... I applaud you for being the most interesting political shape-shifter around.
Lieberman is really a republican in independent clothing!
Quick, get the CT Supreme Court to see if she has the qualifications for this job, too! Remember, In six years she will have to move to either Iowa or New Hampshire to test the waters for her own Presidential race (just like Lieberman and Dodd). For those poor benighted souls who do not live in CT, trust me, we would be better off with Nancy Pelosi as President!
Please someone take this Seat from Lieberman. He is ruining chances for Peace in the Middle East. I am Jewish with family in Israel. WE WANT PEACE. No more settlements!!! No more hate. We want to live in Peace next to all of our neighbors.
Shalom, it means peace!