Larson breaks from party, endorses Doyle for AG

July 2, 2018 GMT

U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1, strayed from supporting party-endorsed candidates — instead offering his endorsement to state Sen. Paul Doyle for the Connecticut Attorney General.

Doyle barely made the August 14 primary ballot, coming in third at the state Democratic Convention to former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei of Hartford, and state Rep. William Tong of Stamford. Tong is the party’s endorsed candidate.

“Paul has been a fierce advocate for the people of Connecticut throughout his almost 30 years in public service,” Larson said in a statement. “As a legislator and a citizen, Paul personifies the dedication and tenacity that we need in our state’s top legal official.”

Larson is scheduled to make an announcement alongside the Democratic endorsed candidate for governor Ned Lamont Monday at the Capitol.

Doyle and Tong are co-chairs of the Legislature’s judiciary committee. Doyle has served 24 years as a state lawmaker - 12 in the state House and 12 in the state Senate. Doyle officially qualified for the state’s public campaign finance grant last week.

“From his days in the state Senate to his leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic caucus, John has always had the best interests of Connecticut at heart,” Doyle said of the Congressman’s endorsement.; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt