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Congressional candidate Elizabeth Esty received the endorsements of both the Connecticut Working Families Party and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan in her campaign to represent the 5th District today.
Elizabeth Esty, right, upset the Connecticut Speaker of the House, Chris Donovan, in a highly contentious Democrat primary for the 5th District seat in the United States Congress. Two months ago Donovan was the clear favorite, but his campaign was upended by a finance scandal. Esty will face Republican State Senator Andrew Roraback who was victorious in the GOP primary. Elizabeth's arm was hoisted in victory by her husband, Dan Esty, the Connecticut Commissioner of Energy and the Environment. Photographs by John Murray
Chris Donovan is the Speaker of the House in the Connecticut State Legislature and is campaigning to win an open seat for the United States Congress in the 5th District of Connecticut. Donovan, the prohibitive favorite, had his dream of serving in Congress nearly shatter when members of his campaign staff were arrested and charged with accepting illegal campaign donations. Under a cloud of uncertainty, Donovan's campaign hired former United States Attorney Stan Twardy to conduct an independent investigation into Donovan's campaign. This is Twardy's report, followed by Donovan's reaction to the report, and the reaction of two of Donovan's rivals for the seat in Congress.
By John Murray
Chris Donovan, the Speaker of the House in Connecticut, is committed to staying in the race for the 5th District Congressional seat despite a federal probe into his campaign's finances. An FBI undercover investigation has resulted in the arrest of Donovan's finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., who was charged with concealing $20,000 in campaign contributions that was directly linked to legislation before Donovan in the state legislature. In the wake of the arrest, Donovan fired his campaign manager, John Nassi, and met with the media last night and vowed to press forward with his campaign.
The Connecticut Democratic Party today at the 5th Congressional District convention overwhelmingly endorsed Speaker of the House Chris Donovan as the 5th Congressional District candidate for Congress in 2012. Donovan won the Democratic Party's endorsement by beating both of his competitors by more than 3-to-1; one of the largest margins in a contested convention in recent memory.
Esty Will Face Speaker Donovan in August 14 Primary to Elect Democratic Nominee for CT-5
Congressional candidate and former State Representative Elizabeth Esty won an automatic spot on the Democratic primary ballot at the 5th District Democratic Convention Monday evening. With the support of 20% of the delegates, Esty exceeded the number of votes needed to get on the ballot and will go on to face Speaker Chris Donovan in the August 14th Democratic primary.
Democratic candidate for the 5th congressional district seat Chris Donovan announced today that he raised more than $232,000 in the first quarter of 2012. In roughly ten months of fundraising, Donovan has raised more than $940,000 from more than 6,400 individual donors, and has more than $610,000 on hand.
By John Murray
Democrat candidates for the 5th Congressional seat squared off last night in a debate at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT. The debate was sponsored by Connecticut Young Democrats, and lasted 90 minutes. The candidates from left to right are Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty, and Dan Roberti. Looming above the candidates was a quote from King James Bible. The full quote is "finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."