Another Democrat has ended his bid for governor.

Sean Connolly, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed front runner Ned Lamont for the state’s top job.

“After discussions with my family, I made the difficult decision to end my campaign for Governor of Connecticut,” Connolly said in a statement. “In the end, it had become too difficult to raise enough money in the very short period of time to run a competitive primary campaign.”

Connolly, like several other Democrats who have dropped out of the running for governor, heaped his praise on Lamont.

“Ned Lamont is the best person to move Connecticut forward and bring bold change because he places service above politics,” Connolly said. “Everything I have done in my life has been about public service. I have traveled Connecticut and heard from community leaders across our state. Ned has a vision for Connecticut that I know we can all get behind and that is why today I am proud to offer my endorsement for Ned Lamont.”; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt