Bysiewicz has said she consulted with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, also a Democrat, and was told she had discretion to place the candidates on the ballot.
"Nevertheless, the commission disagrees that she has such discretion and finds the exercise of discretion contrary to the express language of the statute and the prior written opinions and long-standing practice of the Secretary's office in interpreting the same statute," the commission wrote in its ruling.
House Minority Leader Robert Ward, R-North Branford, and Rep. Robert Farr, R-West Hartford, the Republican candidate for attorney general, filed a complaint with the commission last month. They said Bysiewicz had required a Republican House member in 2004 to go to court to get on the ballot under similar circumstances. (AP)
The two candidates, both incumbent state representatives, will be allowed to remain on the ballot.
"News and Notes From the Campaign Trail." Associated Press 19 July, 2006.