Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Susan Bysiewicz out of the race

May 18, 2010
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Three days before the beginning of the Connecticut Democratic Party Convention at the Expo Center in Hartford and four days before the party’s nominating a candidate for state attorney general, the state Supreme Court ruled on unanimous decision that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz does not meet the minimum statutory requirement of ten years of active practice of the law to run for the statewide position, according to the Associated Press.

A week ago, the state Republican Party appealed state Superior Court Judge Michael Sheldon’s 93-page decision according to which Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is qualified to run for state attorney general based on the state statute. The state GOP claims that Secretary Bysiewicz’  experience as secretary of the state should not count as practicing law before the Connecticut bar. According to state GOP Chairman Chris Healy, “the judge went very far afield of what the law states.”

The state’s highest court’s ruling technically ends Secretary Bysiewicz’ bid for the democratic party’s nomination for state attorney general thus leaving former state Senate Majority Leader George Jepsen as the only contender.

Three months ago, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz filed a lawsuit with the Connecticut Superior Court against her own state party, its Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo, and the Office of the Secretary of the State and the State of Connecticut to confirm that she meets all of the state’s requirements to run for Attorney General. In her lawsuit, Secretary Bysiewicz argues that the requirement of at least ten years of active legal practice on the territory of the state is not in accordance with the state Constitution and the U.S. Constitution’ First Amendment, and that she meets it anyway with her position as Secretary of State which, according to her claim “constitutes the active practice of law.”

One Response to Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Susan Bysiewicz out of the race

  1. [...] I said before, I am covering Connecticut politics for ConnecticutPlus.com. Yesterday, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on unanimous decision that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz does not meet the minimum [...]

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