Democrats praise election as “rebuke” of Tea Party

By Jordan Fenster, Register Staff Robby Mook, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, claimed during a conference call Friday that Elizabeth Esty’s victory in the 5th Congressional District was a “rebuke” of the Tea Party agenda. “Republicans were … Continue reading

Five reasons Andrew Roraback lost Connecticut’s 5th District

By Matt DeRienzo, mderienzo@journalregister.com When a race is as close as last night’s vote for Connecticut 5th District Congress seat, it’s easy to point back to a number of potential factors that could have swung the outcome in favor of … Continue reading

5th District race sets record as most expensive Connecticut U.S. district race in history

By Jordan Fenster, Register Staff With more than $11 million spent in the 5th Congressional District campaign, and a few weeks yet to go until the election, it’s the most expensive U.S. House race in the state’s history. According to … Continue reading

Elizabeth Esty spends three times as much as Andrew Roraback

Though she started off with more in the bank and raised a bit more during the course of the most recent Federal Elections Commission filing period, Elizabeth Esty spent three times as much as Andrew Roraback, leaving her with less … Continue reading

Democratic Party total rises to $800,000 fighting Roraback

Get ready, Andrew Roraback — the Democratic Party is upping the ante yet again, dropping another $272,000 on media in the 5th District race. That brings the total spent in the 5th District by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to … Continue reading

Mirror: Roraback and Esty have wildly different strategies

As Ana Radelat of the Connecticut Mirror reports, Andrew Rorabak and Elizabeth Esty have take different routes on campaign strategy. Roraback has attempted to portray himself as a maverick, Radelat writes, willing to buck his own party. By contrast, Esty … Continue reading

Democrats attack Roraback on Medicare

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released its second anti-Roraback ad since the primary, this time attacking the Republican on Medicare. Why does Andrew Roraback support increasing the retirement age and cutting benefits?” the ad asks Maybe that’s why Roraback … Continue reading

Washington Democrats spend $500,000 fighting Roraback campaign

By Jordan Fenster, Register Staff A new set of media buys made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brings the total spent fighting Andrew Roraback’s campaign to more than half-a-million dollars. The DCCC informed the Federal Elections Commission earlier this … Continue reading

Poll shows Roraback up by 7 against Esty

As Politico reports, a poll commissioned by a conservative organization shows Andrew Roraback over Elizabeth Esty by seven points. The American Action Network, a conservative, Washington D.C.-based political advocacy group, released the results of the poll, which showed Roraback ahead … Continue reading

Roraback trying to “distance” himself from the Tea Party

Tea Party activist Bob MacGuffie issued a press release Thursday saying  that Republican 5th District candidate Andrew Roraback “disparaged” and “walked away” from his party base when he attempted to get television stations to remove an ad linking him to … Continue reading

Esty won’t condemn DCCC on “false” ads

By Jordan Fenster, Register Staff When asked to comment on anti-Roraback attack advertisements paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Elizabeth Esty said that while her opponent is a “nice guy,” it’s not matter of who is the nicer … Continue reading

Roraback decries DCCC advertisements, “considers legal action”

By Jordan Fenster, Register Staff The campaign of Republican Andrew Roraback on Monday sent a letter to all Connecticut television stations demanding that advertisements paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee be removed. Democrats in Washington had issued an advertisement … Continue reading

Dems spend another $25,000 on Roraback attack ads

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an anti-Roraback attack ad Saturday, and it looks like it may be the first of many. Federal Elections Commission reports filed earlier this month show two separate independent expenditures made by the DCCC totalling … Continue reading

Roraback calls content of DCCC ad “lies”

Andrew Roraback’s campaign, in responding to an attack ad issued by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that the candidate was being “falsely vilified.” “Democrats have stooped to new lows in trying to falsely vilify an individual whose integrity and … Continue reading

Dems release TV ad associating Roraback with Ryan, Bachmann, Palin

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released an attack advertisement that associates Andrew Roraback with the Republican likes of Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, among others. “They’ve been pushing a plan that would essentially end Medicare, and they … Continue reading

Dems spend $134,000 on Andrew Roraback Attack ad

According to a Federal Elections Commission posting, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $134,431 on a media buy intended to attack 5th District Republican candidate Andrew Roraback. The DCCC announced Sept. 12 that it spent a total of $2,109,501.58 … Continue reading

Calling him a “moderate,” NRCC names Roraback to its list of “Young Guns”

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named 5th District candidate Andrew Roraback to its group of “Young Guns,” signifying, the campaign said, the importance of the race. The program was described by the campaign in a release as intended to … Continue reading

Esty named to DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program

According to The Hill, Elizabeth Esty is one of four Democratic candidates named to be part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program.” That means the committee sees the race as winnable, The Hill reports, and will … Continue reading

Analyst moves 5th District to “pure tossup”

An analyst for politics watchers Rothenberg Report has moved the 5th District race to “pure tossup.” In a tweet on primary night, Nathan Gonzales wrote that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “will have a tough time finding CT Democrats to … Continue reading