Ned Lamont released the following statement today regarding the retirement of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). Lamont, who won the Democratic Party's nomination for Senate in 2006, said he will continue to explore a run for Governor in 2010. Here's the full text:
"For three decades, Chris has been Connecticut's best friend, a powerful defender of the constitution and a tireless advocate for families and children. Chris, Jackie and their family deserve a short break, but I'm sure that there are many more chapters in Chris' life of public service.
"This announcement does not change my own plans. I will continue to explore a run for Governor because I believe the stakes for Connecticut are too high and that we need innovative, entrepreneurial leadership to kickstart our economy, create new jobs, and honestly balance our budget."