WEST HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Connecticut’s senior senator is being mentioned in reports as a possible choice to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.

Senator Richard Blumenthal told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane he would be honored beyond belief, but also grinned while saying it’s an honor to serve in the State Senate and he has no expectations.

Speculation on Holder’s replacement also includes Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Blumenthal says the confirmation process need not collapse in a partisan fight.

“I think that the president will choose someone on the merits, regardless of politics and the job of the United States Attorney General ought to be about politics,” Blumenthal said.

He says he won’t discuss if he’s been contacted as a possible choice or if the administration is calling looking for advice.

Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years. He is the first black attorney general and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job.

He plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

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