Blumenthal began his remarks by praising the man he wants to replace:
"Today is really Chris Dodd's day."
Then, moments later, he made the day his own.
"I'm also here to say that I intend to be a candidate for the United States Senate."
Blumenthal avoided discussion of specific issues and didn't say whether he would use his own money to fund his campaign. He said he didn't push Dodd to retire and he wouldn't discuss his opponents.
The Attorney General made his announcement at state Democratic headquarters in Hartford in a room packed so tight you couldn’t swing a microphone without hitting someone running for office, or someone who wanted to work for someone running for office.
There was Matt Hennessy, former chief of staff to Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez; State Sen. Jonathan Harris, now exploring a run for attorney general. Mary Glassman was there too, she announced this week that she's running for governor. And in the corner, surrounded by reporters, was George Jepsen, former state party chairman and former state senate majority leader. Yes, he’s running for attorney general now, too.
"There's lots of moving parts, there's a kind of a chain reaction that gets set off when something like this takes place and you could spin out a virtually unlimited number of scenarios as to what might happen now, who might run for what."
But he says it's good to get in the race early.
"Well, you certainly don't want somebody committing to somebody else for the simple reason that they didn't know you were in the race."
And now Dick Blumenthal is taking Jepsen's advice. After two decades of being one of the most talked about political hopefuls in Connecticut, he's finally in a race for senate.
For WNPR, I'm Jeff Cohen.
Below, listen to the audio of Blumenthal's entire speech.