After Tuesday's news that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not seek reelection in 2012, two House Democrats considering a run for the seat next year huddled on the House floor.
Democratic Reps. Joe Courtney (Conn.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.) spoke for close to 15 minutes Tuesday, with both Democrats telling reporters afterwards they're still contemplating the contest.
"It's something we're looking at and we're going to keep looking at it," Courtney told The Hill. The Democrat said he and Murphy are friends, but that ultimately his decision on whether to enter the race won't hinge on who else jumps in.
"People are gonna do what they're gonna do, but we'll keep it civil and friendly no matter what," Courtney said, noting that with Lieberman bowing out the race, the contest is likely to attract a sizable field on both sides.
"This is a tectonic shift in New England politics," he said. "The Senator's been part of the political landscape since the 70's."
Murphy, who also said he's still deciding on the race, warned Democrats not to take Connecticut for granted in 2012, calling it a "purple" state.
"A lot of Connecticut voters, especially up in my neck of the woods wind up splitting their tickets," said Murphy. Ultimately, though, the Democrat said given that it's a presidential year, he expects 2012 to be a good one for Democrats statewide.
"If we have the right candidate on the Democratic line we will absolutely take the seat," he said.
Lieberman will announce his decision not to seek another term Wednesday in Connecticut, a Democratic source told The Hill Tuesday.
Former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) has already jumped into the 2012 race.