Klarides moves to challenge Blumenthal for Senate seat | Newsletters

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HARTFORD — Connecticut’s former State House Minority Leader is turning her attention from the gubernatorial race to challenge U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Themis Klarides announced on Sunday that she was seeking the Republican nomination to run against Blumenthal, a Democrat seeking his third term, multiple news outlets reported.

Klarides, 56, led the GOP minority caucus at the State House from 2015 to 2021 and currently works as an attorney.

“As I have traveled the state over the past eight months, voters have shared their frustration with a dysfunctional and inactive federal government that values ​​rigid partisanship and political game above hard work and necessary compromise. to solve the many problems facing our country,” Klarides said in his announcement.

Klarides had recently filed paperwork with state election regulators to face Democrat Ned Lamont. On Jan. 19, businessman Bob Stefanowski, who unsuccessfully ran against Lamont in 2018, announced he was running again and spending at least $10 million of his own money. Lamont spent more than $12 million of his own money on the 2018 campaign.

Blumenthal, 75, was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He has $6.9 million available for his re-election campaign, the New Haven Register reported.

“My goal is to do my job and work for the people of Connecticut,” Blumenthal told the newspaper. “There will be plenty of time for political campaigning later in the year.”

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