Richard Blumenthal is not a man one expects to see sweat. Except, perhaps, when the former marathoner — at fifty-eight, the knees aren’t what they once were — is out jogging around his Greenwich neighborhood at 5:30 in the morning.
To imagine him ruffled is tantamount to imagining the sun setting in the east, a quick commute on I-95 or, for that matter, the popular state attorney general losing an election to anyone. This is a man who speaks calmly, acts coolly, exudes reason, epitomizes control.
As attorney general, Blumenthal is, in essence, the state’s lawyer. He represents the interests of the people in the courtroom and provides legal advice and opinion to the government.
Since taking office in 1991, after ascending from a state senator’s seat, he has taken on Microsoft, tobacco companies, the health insurance industry and polluters. He’s pushed for ethics reform and the rights of adopted children and even helped save a golden retriever named Max from an unhappy end. He has argued the law in every courthouse in Connecticut, from the smallest district court to the state Supreme Court. Oh, and he’s plied the lawyer’s trade in Washington, D.C., as well, having argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He won all three, most prominently the Megan’s Law case in which the court unanimously upheld the state’s right to post photographs and other information about convicted sex offenders on a website.
“He’s a spectacular lawyer,” said New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has seen Blumenthal in action.