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Esty, Greenberg Will Appear On Ballot Twice

by | Aug 22, 2014 2:52pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2014

CTNJ File Photo Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Republican challenger Mark Greenberg will both receive double-billing on this year’s ballot in the 5th Congressional District race.

Both candidates were cross-endorsed this week by a third party, meaning their names will appear twice on the ballot. Esty, a first-term Democratic congresswoman, received the nomination of the liberal Working Families Party on Thursday.

“The party focuses on economic justice issues like raising the minimum wage, creating good jobs with fair pay and quality benefits, finding solutions to the student debt crisis, and ensuring that all workers can retire with financial security and dignity. Elizabeth Esty is committed to standing up for these principles, and that is why they earned the support of the Working Families Party,” a WFP press release read.

The Working Families statement criticized Greenberg, saying he favored a tax structure that benefits corporation and supports privatizing Social Security.

Greenberg, a conservative property developer, also received a third-party endorsement this week when won the nod of the Independent Party during a caucus meeting.

Christine Stuart Photo In a statement, Greenberg’s campaign manager, Bill Evans, said the endorsement “demonstrates that Mark Greenberg’s message of being an independent-minded candidate who will vote his conscience is resonating with voters. Mark’s approach stands in sharp contrast with the standard partisan positions of Congresswoman Esty who continues to toe the Obama line on every issue, no matter how much her votes hurt working families.”

Two Independent Party caucus members suggested Esty’s name during the Tuesday meeting. Unlike Greenberg, Esty did not attend the meeting or address the group. Greenberg stressed that point when he spoke to the group

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am here,” he said and paused “to talk to you about why I’m running for Congress.”

It is common for both third parties to cross endorse candidates of one of the major parties. In this year’s gubernatorial contest, the Working Families Party has cross endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Independent Party has cross endorsed his Republican challenger, Tom Foley.

Despite similar nominating practices, the Working Families Party emailed a fundraising letter Thursday criticizing the Independent Party and its endorsement of Foley.

“The ‘Independent Party’ isn’t so much a party as a trick on the ballot. It doesn’t have a platform or a set of values. This move is little more than a cynical attempt to trick voters who aren’t paying much attention into thinking that independent-minded voters are backing Foley,” Working Families Party Communications Director Taylor Leake wrote.

The Independent Party is the third largest party in Connecticut and its candidates received more votes in 2012 than the Working Families Party.

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posted by: bob8/57 | August 22, 2014  3:22pm


The Independent Party: Still kowtowing to their Republican masters.

posted by: ocoandasoc | August 22, 2014  4:18pm

The WFP better watch where they throw their stones since they reside in a similar house of glass. I’ll always remember the WFP candidate who was elected to office in an eastern CT town years back and quickly resigned because “no one told me that I might actually be elected and have to serve.”

posted by: art vandelay | August 23, 2014  1:09am

art vandelay

Elizabeth Esty, a DO NOTHING Democrat Representative from the 5th who will probably hold the seat for as long as she wants.  Her only contribution to society will be to enhance her husband’s paycheck an additional $175,000.00 until he retires.  She’ll learn well from her patriot in arms Rosa DeLauro who holds the same extinction.  The only difference is Estay has only done it for 2, and Rosa over 20.  As I’ve said before many times on this blog.  Connecticut would vote Stalin, Mao, Castro, Nixon, and even Hitler as long as they were on the Democrat ticket.

posted by: ctperson13 | August 23, 2014  6:59am

It’s official—the WFP is just another arm of the Dems., the “Independents” are arm-in-arm with the Reps. Wake up, people! You are no longer living in a Democracy—haven’t been for decades! When is it time to take your Democracy back?

posted by: art vandelay | August 23, 2014  9:07am

art vandelay

Isn’t it great that Esty, Malloy, & Foley’s name will appear twice on the ballot. It’s democracy at its finest or is it.  Jonathan Pelto who’s running for Governor as an independent is CLEARLY missing.  The answer is simple.  Pelto would take votes away from Malloy.  Democrats would NEVER stand for that.  Is this the democracy & freedom Democrats profess?  I don’t think so.  It’s all about power and the retention of it at any cost.

posted by: justsayin | August 24, 2014  6:12am

Is this the new normal. You can only vote once, except bridgeport, you should only be able to appear once on a ballot.

posted by: Mike Telesca | August 24, 2014  11:45am

Who is trying to trick the voters? The working Families Party has less than 200 registered party members State wide in CT and has a full time paid staff supported by Union money. We have over 17,000 registered members in CT and no one is getting paid on our staff. We do it because we believe in what we are doing.

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