Many Connecticut veteran lawmakers are deciding to sit out the 2016 campaign season. Most are not running for office because they've had their fill of partisan politics. It's the culmination of tough legislative sessions in which state lawmakers have had to grapple with growing state budget deficits.
Brendan Sharkey, speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, is retiring. The 54-year-old Hamden Democrat announced his retirement in a closed door meeting with his staff in Hartford on Monday.