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Everybody seems to be in a hurry to get going on 2012.

U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Joe Lieberman in a conference call, he then followed up at 5 p.m. with a public event at restaurant in his hometown of Cheshire.

Ah, nothing like the hoopla of a good conference call.

Susan Bysiewicz, of course, just jumped in Tuesday with an emailed announcement and followed up with telephone interviews.

Fast and cheap seem to be the way to go this year. Not a good week for the folks who sell balloons.

Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror has more:


CHESHIRE -- U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th, District opened his campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday with a conference call with reporters, an online video addressed to voters and a hastily-arranged kickoff party at a tavern here in his hometown.

Murphy arrived at the Waverly Tavern after 5 p.m. with his wife, Cathy, and son, Owen, and thanked supporters, including Attorney General George Jepsen, for coming on what he sheepishly acknowledged was short notice. His audience laughed.


The 37-year-old two-term congressman had scrambled since learning that U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was announcing he would not seek re-election in 2012, leaving an open race for a Senate seat in Connecticut for the second time in two years.

"I'm not a big believer in political theater," Murphy said. "If I decide to do something, then I don't see the use in playing possum. So, I decided to put the growing speculation aside and make it clear what my intentions are."

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