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House Speaker Brendan Sharkey Retiring After Acrimonious Budget Battle

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey Retiring After Acrimonious Budget Battle

HARTFORD — After a difficult session and a long struggle with state budget deficits, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Sunday night that he will not seek re-election and will retire from the legislature.

Sharkey said he had expected to make the announcement Monday, but word leaked out on Sunday.

And with his decision, Sharkey joins at least 21 other members of the General Assembly who will not run for re-election, many of them citing the exhausting budget battles and having to explain the state's tough finances to constituents.

Sharkey conceded that the job has been exhausting lately with the budget battles but said he knew there would be difficult decisions...

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