Bridgeport attorney Chris Mattei, ex federal prosecutor who put former Governor John Rowland away the second time, announced on Monday his candidacy for attorney general, the state’s chief civil lawyer. Incumbent George Jepsen announced last week he’ll not seek another four-year term in 2018. Mattei joins a list of Democrats that include State Rep. William Tong who opened an exploratory committee. Mattei had been exploring a run for governor.
Chris Mattei today announced that he will run for Attorney General of Connecticut. Mattei is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Financial Fraud and Public Corruption Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut.
“I spent the better part of the last decade serving the people of Connecticut as an Assistant United States Attorney. It was my responsibility to stand up for what was right and what the law required, without fear or favor–regardless of how wealthy, powerful or influential someone might be. With the election of Donald Trump, we face a new challenge and in the face of that challenge, I asked myself how I could be of best use to the people of Connecticut,” said Mattei. “I am running for Attorney General to help protect our rights, our values and our future here in Connecticut.”
Born and raised in Windsor, Chris Mattei has spent his career fighting for everyday people. After graduating from college, he taught high school on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. He then went on to become an organizer of low-income health care workers who were fighting for fair wages and benefits. He attended UConn Law School after seeing how the law could be used to help those who all too often do not have a voice in our political system.
“As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mattei took on illegal gun traffickers, frauds who targeted seniors and Wall Street bankers who continued to defraud the public amidst the wreckage of the financial crisis. He supervised the prosecution of former Governor John Rowland and others who were convicted of abusing the public’s trust and funneling secret money into Connecticut campaigns. Today, he continues to practice law with a focus on standing up for civil rights, victims of abuse and consumers.
“We need people like Chris Mattei to stand with us–and with everyone who is vulnerable, who is voiceless, who is at risk of being left out and left behind. For everyone who worries that the actions of the Trump Administration will undercut the values we were raised with in Connecticut,” said Jonathan Gonzalez-Cruz, a DACA recipient who introduced Mattei today. “He’s ready to stand up for all of us against those in Washington who would undermine our values and against any who would hurt our most vulnerable residents. I’m proud to stand with Chris and proud to give him my support today.”