Rep. Courtney may challenge Lieberman in 2012

Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney said Wednesday that he is contemplating a challenge to Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman in two years.

Courtney (D) said that he would decided whether to challenge the four-term senator after the conclusion of the lame-duck session of Congress.

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"I certainly think it's worth taking a look at," the two-term lawmaker told the New London Day in an interview. "The 2nd district obviously has a history of being a credible platform for past occupants of the Senate."

Courtney's presence in the race could make the potential Democratic field challenging Lieberman — who faces reelection in 2012 — even more crowded. 

Retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D) formerly represented Courtney's 2nd district.

The race in the Constitution State is expected to be one of the top Senate contests in 2012. Lieberman won his 2006 reelection campaign after losing the Democratic primary and recasting himself as an Independent. The senator still caucuses with the Democrats but has split with the party on several key issues.

Rep. Chris Murphy and Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz are thought of as potential Democratic Senate candidates.

Rumors have also swirled that Republican Linda McMahon, who lost her Senate contest this year to Democrat Richard Blumenthal, could run against Lieberman in two years.