HARTFORD, CT (AP / WCBS 880) – Former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz says she’s running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman in 2012.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

Bysiewicz made the announcement Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Democrat from Middletown tells The Associated Press she’s running to create jobs, fix the economy and make it easier for young people to get jobs, afford homes and raise families in Connecticut.

Bysiewicz was a leading candidate for governor last year before switching to the state attorney general’s race. She was later disqualified from the attorney general’s race by the state Supreme Court because she didn’t have the required legal experience.

A message left with Lieberman’s office was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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