Friday, November 19, 2010

Martha Dean will not pursue a post-election challenge to Jepsen

Republican Attorney General candidate Martha Dean announced today that she will not pursue a post-election challenge to Democrat Attorney General-elect George Jepsen's credentials.

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court informed the public and the Attorney General candidates of the eligibility criteria too late in the election cycle for this issue to be brought to voters' attention properly," Dean said. "Mr. Jepsen, the voters, and I all learned of the Court's interpretation of the statutory eligibility criteria full-meaning just days before the election."

Dean said the passage of time and the legislature will likely give greater clarity to the eligibility criteria.

"At this juncture, I believe the best path forward is to allow the Attorney General-elect to focus on trying to run the Attorney General's office in a way that helps pull Connecticut out of its severe crisis," Dean added. "It was a pleasure running against George. We went head to head on the issues, focusing on substance, and we shared humor along the way. That says a lot about both of us as candidates. I acknowledge his victory and I wish him well."

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