From Jon Lender:
State Rep. Brendan Sharkey, the Democratic House majority leader from Hamden, was voted as Speaker-designate at a caucus by Democrats Thursday night, and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, was chosen to be the new majority leader.
Aresimowicz — whose nickname is “Joe A-to-Z” — defeated Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, in the caucus vote for majority leader. The status of Sharkey and Aresimowicz as the two top House leaders won’t be official until January, after a vote by the full House when the General Assembly convenes for the new two-year term.
Sharkey talked with reporters Thursday afternoon about this week’s election results nationally and in Connecticut.