January 23rd, 2012 | City

New Haven Dems pick their U.S. Senate candidate

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has come out in support of U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in his bid for the senate seat occupied by Joseph Lieberman '64 LAW '67.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has come out in support of U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in his bid for the senate seat occupied by Joseph Lieberman '64 LAW '67. Photo by YDN.

City politicos began to coalesce behind a replacement for U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67 on Sunday afternoon.

A number of high-ranking New Haven Democrats attended a gathering of around 80 people at the East Rock home of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro to support U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in his run for the U.S. Senate. Sen. Marty Looney, the senate majority leader, and State Reps Toni Walker, Roland Lemar and Gary Holden-Winfield were in attendance, as were 16 members of the Board of Aldermen, the New Haven Independent reported.

Ward 9 Alderman Justin Elicker FES ’10 SOM ’10, Ward 3 Alderwoman Jacqueline James-Evans and Ward 20 Alderwoman Delphine Clyburn all turned out in support of Murphy, while others, including Ward 2’s Frank Douglass, just came to hear what Murphy had to say.

After the gathering, former Secretary of the State and senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz ’83 released a list of 36 New Haven Democrats, who she counts among her supporters. But on the list were Douglass and Ward 26 Alderman Sergio Rodriguez, who had said they were still undecided, and Ward 7 Alderman Doug Hausladen ’04, who said he was firmly behind Murphy.

Murphy currently has the backing of all four U.S. representatives from Connecticut. The primary will take place in August.