Ella’s Biographer Steps Up

Ella’s Biographer Steps Up

“I keep my campaign promises, but I never promised to wear stockings.”
—Ella Grasso, quoted in Ella: A Biography.

Susan Bysiewicz wrote the book on Connecticut’s first female governor. Now she’s looking to write the next chapter — with herself in the leading role.

Bysiewicz has been thinking about following in the footsteps of the late Gov. Ella T. Grasso since she wrote her senior thesis about her career in 1983 as a Yale student. She later published the thesis into a book entitled Ella: A Biography of Governor Ella Grasso.

Now Bysiewicz is pursuing that dream — as a candidate, not a book author. After eight years in the political wilderness, following unsuccessful runs for governor in 2010 and U.S. Senate in 2012, she is pursuing this year’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination amid a crowded field.

There’s a good chance that, in a year when the Women’s March has led record numbers of women to seek elected office, Bysiewicz will end up the lone woman facing several men in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary.

Ella T. Grasso’s example is inspiring Bysiewicz on that path. At least, for the most part.


PAUL BASS |  New Haven Independent