William Tong has claimed victory in the race for Connecticut’s attorney general to succeed George Jepsen, who announced that he would not seek a third term.
“I’m ready to protect and defend Connecticut families and to be your fireball and I could not be more grateful for your confidence and support,” he said during his victory speech.
Tong credited Hatfield with running a “tremendous campaign” and said she called him around 9 a.m. Wednesday to congratulate him.
“I look forward to working with her going forward,” Tong said.
“We worked hard, and made many friends along the way, but we fell just short. It was an amazing effort, and we should be proud of the enthusiasm we generated and the broad support of people across the political spectrum that rallied to our cause,” Hatfield wrote in a Facebook post.
During a news conference Wednesday, Tong talked about issues including consumer protection, investigations into the opioid crisis, prescription drug price fixing, privacy and the crumbling foundations crisis.
He said he is grateful to the people of the state for giving his family a “chance as immigrants to make it in this state and to succeed in a historic candidacy to be the first Asian-American attorney general, the first Asian-American constitutional officer in the history of our state and only the second elected Asian-American attorney general in the history of our great nation.”