Shays to Run for Senate: Report

Shays has bought a condo in Bridgeport and registered to vote here.

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    Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., speaks to supporters in Norwalk, Conn. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Diane Farrell is challenging Shays for the Fairfield county seat he has held for 19 years. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

    It looks like former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays will make another run for political office.

    The Republican Congressman who lost his re-election bid in 2008 to Democrat Jim Himes told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat Sen. Joe Lieberman currently holds.

    Lieberman, the state’s senior senator, said in January that he will not seek re-election in 2012. He decided to run after Sen. Joe Lieberman announced he would not seek re-election.

    Shays moved to Maryland shortly after losing office in 2008, but he bought a condo in Bridgeport last year and he and his wife each have a Connecticut driver's license.

    On Friday, he was re-instated as a Bridgeport voter, according to Hearst. He plans to file paperwork in October to run as a Republican.

    "Betsi and I are excited to be back in Connecticut," Shays told Hearst. "These are all the steps that I am taking so that I can have the opportunity to run for Senate. I hope to be on the ballot next November."

    U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and State Rep. William Tong have thrown their names in as Democratic candidates.

    Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon has been discussed as a possible GOP candidate and David Walker, the former comptroller general, told Chuck Todd on the Daily Rundown in June that he was considering running.

    Hearst reports that former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele is also a possible GOP candidate.

    Shays, who plans to file after wrapping up work on a federal panel on wartime contracting, says he believes he's the underdog for the party's endorsement GOP nomination and expects a primary.