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Donovan Makes It Official

by | May 23, 2011 10:30am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Congress, Election 2012

It’s official. Speaker of the House Chris Donovan is running for the U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy’s seat in the 5th Congressional District.

Donovan, who opted for a “soft” announcement by passing out stickers at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner last Monday, filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission on Friday.

Donovan is the latecomer to an already crowded field of Democratic candidates, including former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire, Michael Williams of New Preston, and Dan Roberti of Kent.

Last week Roberti came out swinging with an endorsement from the Communication Workers of America Local 1298, but news of the endorsement didn’t faze Donovan.

“You’d think they would sit down and talk to all the candidates before making a decision to endorse,” Donovan said last week.

“Dan Roberti understands our issues, and the issue facing working families,“ said Bill Henderson, President of CWA Local 1298. “He recognizes how working families are being squeezed in this economic downturn, and the challenges they face at the gas pump, at the grocery story, and in every part of their lives.”

“It is outside of our normal operations to endorse this early in a primary election, but our Executive Board felt that Dan Roberti has an exceptional understanding of our issues,” said Henderson.

Donovan, who is still working on his legislative business, said there will be plenty of time to talk about the Congressional campaign this summer.

Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain, gave Donovan props for rolling out the campaign as softly as he did last week. At the JJB, Tercyak said he could have used his position as Speaker to call a press conference to make the announcement, but instead chose to be “different.”

Donovan was considered a top contender for the seat when Murphy announced he was entering the U.S. Senate race this past January.

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(8) Archived Comments

posted by: hawkeye | May 23, 2011  10:56am

Another “free-spending Democrat—there is no shortage of in Congress.”  It’s like adding the blind, to the blind!

He will probably be voted into office, if nominated, as Connecticut voters have a proven track record of “voting blindly!”

A lack of voter sanity—“is burying all of us!”

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 23, 2011  11:52am

I will consider voting and even campaigning for him - just to get rid of him as Speaker. We will be much better off to be sure.

posted by: ProgressiveandPrudent | May 23, 2011  1:15pm

Donovan sounds bitter about CWA’s endorsement of Roberti.  CWA is listening to the Democrats in the 5th district who don’t think Donovan can win the general.  These Dems are stressed out that Donovan is serious about going for it.

posted by: timelord | May 23, 2011  1:59pm

Dr. HST - because it would be so much better to have him screwing up the federal government rather than just CT?  Let’s just vote him into oblivion, right out of office!

posted by: uconn2010 | May 23, 2011  2:46pm

CORRECTION: *Michael Williams of New Preston, not “Michael Clark.”

posted by: Doug Hardy | May 23, 2011  5:07pm

@UCONN2010 - thanks for that correction - we fixed it.

posted by: Theo Candidates | May 24, 2011  6:50am

How can a union make a deal to trade their endorsement? Why no meeting or discussion with all the candidates? What did this union get for their endorsement? Something seems very, very wrong with this. Donovan is a union guy. What happened here?

posted by: Noteworthy | May 24, 2011  9:25pm

This is great. Donovan has a great story - he can do for all U.S. taxpayers what he has done for nutmeggers. $3 billion in tax increases this year; another billion in tax increases in each of the last two years; a billion dollars a year in new debt just to keep the lights on. Yeah, that sounds like it would be perfect in DC.

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