by Jennifer Swift
Mar 17, 2014
12:00 AMConnecticut Politics
Democrat Lee Whitnum Enters Race for Governor
A Greenwich Democrat well-known for injecting controversy into elections has announced she's running for governor.
Lee Whitnum, who last ran for Senate in 2010 against Chris Murphy, announced on her website Monday she is running for the seat. Whitnum is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run for governor, though incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is widely expected to announce he's running for re-election.
In 2012, Malloy sought a protective order against Whitnum, who at the time was suing him alleging slander. Malloy filed the order so he did not have to respond discovery requests in the civil case he believed were improper. That case was later dismissed, according to CT News Junkie.
Whitnum filed the slander lawsuit against Malloy in May 2010 before he was governor. She claims Malloy was wrong to call comments she made anti-Semitic. She had repeatedly criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the billions of dollars of U.S. aid to Israel, but said she hadn’t spoken disparagingly about any religious group.
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