HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker says he’s establishing an exploratory committee as a Republican candidate for Connecticut lieutenant governor.

Walker, who has spoken out about the growing national debt, said on CBS-TV’s “Face the State” on Sunday that Connecticut ranks near the bottom in financial competitiveness and requires a course correction.

Walker, of Bridgeport, said he’ll officially announce his decision at a rally at the state Capitol in Hartford on Monday.

He could be competing against state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (BAH’-kee-ah-kee) of Stafford Springs. She has formed an exploratory committee but has expressed interest in seeking the Republican Party’s endorsement for lieutenant governor.

Walker was appointed Comptroller General by President Bill Clinton in 1998 and Assistant Secretary of Labor by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

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