Former state legislative leader George Jepsen will become the new Attorney General in Connecticut after defeating his Republican opponent Martha Dean in one of the closest elections in recent history for AG in this state.
Jepsen of Ridgefield, a veteran Ridgefield attorney, will replace Richard Blumenthal, another Democrat, who gave up his AG post to successfully campaign for Chris Dodd’s U.S. Senate seat.
While official returns are not yet available, it appears that Jepsen won by only a few points. In previous elections Blumenthal was able to win easily over his opponents and has been in office since 1991.
Jepsen’s election is good news for the more than 200 employees in the AG’s office as Jepsen is expected to continue running an active department – with less press conferences – than Dean, who had vowed to trim both the size and scope of the office.
Dean last week filed a lawsuit challenging Jepsen’s credentials. The suit was dismissed Wednesday.
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