Lee Whitnum enters race for governor - CBS 5 - KPHO

Lee Whitnum enters race for governor

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Democrat who once called Sen. Chris Murphy a "whore" during a televised debate and had a protective order filed against her by Gov. Dannel Malloy has officially entered the race for governor.

Lee Whitnum confirmed her entry Monday. She is the only declared Democrat in the race.

Malloy has not announced whether he'd seek a second term.

Whitnum, of Greenwich, released a statement on her website.

"My simple plan to empower the people will give average folks the right to fire dishonest and corrupt judges who push the boundaries of 'judicial discretion.' Like you, I want fairness in the court system. Unfortunately, there are few checks and balances. My simple plan will empower the people and 'retire' those judges who have pushed their power too far."

Whitnum has long criticized the United States' involvement in Israel.

In 2012, She generated headlines during her debates for the Senate seat now held by Murphy. She criticized Murphy for his support of Israel.

Malloy filed a protective order against Whitnum in 2012. Whitnum filed a suit in 2010 before he was governor, claiming he was wrong to call comments she made anti-Semetic.

She also sued Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. She claimed she was ignored when asked questions about an election.

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