George Jepsen, the former legislator and former state Democratic chairman, announced Monday that he is seeking reelection to a second term as the state attorney general.
Jepsen won the position more than three years ago after longtime Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ran for the U.S. Senate – opening the job for the first time in 20 years and breaking a political logjam that set off a scramble for elected positions.
Standing with his wife, Diana, in the lower press room at the state Capitol, Jepsen said he hopes to continue the tone that he has set over the past 3 1/2 years.
He said he believes that “mediation and arbitration is preferable over litigation” as he oversees a huge staff of about 200 lawyers that handles a wide variety of lawsuits from environmental protection to consumer issues.
Jepsen’s next task will be raising $75,000 in small contributions with a maximum of $100 by the deadline of August 19. That means he would need 750 supporters to contribute $100 each. If the average was $50, then the number of supporters needed would rise to 1,500 contributors.
“I think I can raise the qualifying money pretty quickly,” he said. “It’s challenging for anybody.”
In the fall, Jepsen could be facing Republican attorney Kie Westby of Southbury, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate nomination that eventually went to wrestling entrepreneur Linda McMahon when she defeated former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in a primary in August 2012.
When asked by an online reporter why he waited so long to announce for reelection, Jepsen responded, “If you’ve never run for public office, you wouldn’t understand.”
He explained that the attorney general’s job is a 24 – 7 position, and he would rather concentrate on the office instead of being involved in a political campaign. Continue reading