The Democratic Town Committee voted Tuesday night to endorse Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in his quest to replace Sen. Chris Dodd in the U.S. Senate.

Blumenthal is currently serving his fifth term as Connecticut's Attorney General. Before his election to that post in 1990, he served in the State House of Representatives from 1984 to 1987. He then served as the representative for the 27th district in the State Senate from 1987 to 1990, where he represented constituents from Darien and Stamford.

"I am just very proud to be here tonight," Blumenthal told the roughly one dozen Democrats in attendance at the vote. "It will be a tough battle; the year is a very uncertain and unpredictable one, so I take nothing for granted. I'm going to travel to every corner of the state listening to people about what is on their minds and what their concerns are."

He spent the beginning of the rainy evening doing just that; an earlier appointment in Hartford, combined with the wet roads resulted in his late arrival to the meeting.

The decision to endorse the currently unopposed attorney general was a "no brainer," according to DTC Chairman John Davis.

"We wanted to show support for someone who's been a very helpful friend to Darien for the last 25 years," Davis said after the vote. "He's a perfect person to be a voice for all the citizens of Connecticut. We all feel as Darien Democrats that we have a candidate here who will champion issues for Connecticut."

Blumenthal told the Darien Democrats that, if elected, he plans to focus on the economy and its impact on the middle class.

"My priority will be jobs and economic growth and reviving our economy," he said. "I will address issues concerning the middle class. Not just enabling it to succeed, but to thrive and really have the kind of life that is part of the American Dream."

As far as what to look for in the upcoming campaign months, he said voters should expect to see him working hard, like an underdog, to campaign against the three Republicans who have already announced their candidacy.

"My campaign will really be a conversation with the Connecticut people about what they see as their priorities," he said.

He has some priorities of his own as well. He said he wants to see payroll tax credits for new hiring and additional money for roads and public projects. Blumenthal said he plans to bring these issues to the forefront along with a standard of honesty and integrity, and through bipartisan work, an approach to leadership that he said is "critical."

"I'm committee to fight for people and listening to them as I have for 20 years. I will be fighting very tenaciously for their interests," he said. "I will always put Connecticut people first."