Crime, money spice up final 2 weeks of 5th District race

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter It’s the first time one of Connecticut’s U.S. House seats has been “open” in more than a decade, and it’s one of only two open House seats in all of New England this year. Most … Continue reading

Opinion: Labor’s loyalty keeps top Democrats from pushing Donovan out of 5th District race

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter Connecticut’s 5th District Congress seat is slipping away from Democrats, and prominent leaders of the party are unlikely to do anything publicly to stop it from happening. The indictment of former campaign finance director Robert … Continue reading

Primary update: John Pistone still working toward being unaffiliated candidate in 5th District

By Chris McBriarty, Special Report Kie Westby said he will not submit the signatures Tuesday required to be part of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and told the Register he is currently exploring his options. Secretary of the State Denise … Continue reading

5th District Notebook: Can Chris Donovan survive FBI scandal?

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter Unless another shoe drops in the FBI investigation of his campaign, as one Democrat put it Monday, surprisingly little may have changed in Chris Donovan‘s prospects of becoming Connecticut’s next congressman from the 5th District. … Continue reading

State Democratic Party returns check tied to Chris Donovan campaign finance investigation

By Mary E. O’Leary and Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporters The Democratic State Central Committee has returned a check to a Wolcott man it believes is one of eight alleged illegal “conduit” contributions written to benefit a 5th District Congressional candidate. … Continue reading

Wayne Winsley, 3rd District Republican nominee, endorses independent John Pistone in 5th

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter The Republican nominee for the 3rd Congressional District has endorsed an independent candidate for the 5th District seat. Wayne Winsley, who at the recent GOP convention won the Republican nod to face incumbent U.S. Rep. … Continue reading

Dan Roberti: No plan by Chris Donovan to help him get on ballot

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter According to Democratic 5th Congressional District candidate Dan Roberti, it was delegates switching from support of Elizabeth Esty that enabled him to qualify at the Democratic convention earlier this month. During a recent taping of … Continue reading

Chris Donovan says he’ll back jobs bill, defends union ties on WNPR

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter Asked about a bipartisan jobs bill he’s been widely credited with killing in retaliation for the state Senate refusing to pass his proposed minimum wage increase, Connecticut Speaker of the House Chris Donovan instead blamed … Continue reading

Elizabeth Esty, Dan Roberti in for primary in 5th District congressional race

By Luther Turmelle, Staff Reporter CHESHIRE — Elizabeth Esty has made her interest in competing in a primary for the 5th District Congressional seat official, filing the necessary paperwork to challenge state Democratic Convention nominee Chris Donovan in the Aug. 14 … Continue reading

Elizabeth Esty talks jobs, energy, ethics and Donovan on WNPR

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter Elizabeth Esty answered questions about how her campaign donations and her husband’s connections to big utility companies with an attack on the $235,000 Chris Donovan has received from Political Action Committees during an appearance on … Continue reading

Shots fired: Roberti blasts Donovan for killing Connecticut jobs bill

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter Democratic House Speaker Chris Donovan’s move to hold up a jobs bill until the state Senate voted on an increase in the minimum wage is coming back to haunt him as 5th District congressional … Continue reading

Randy Yale, the ‘unconventional’ candidate, finds no support at convention

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter With Randy Yale’s candidacy over, a chance to “shut the revolving door we have in the 5th district” has passed as well, he said. Yale received zero delegate votes at the Democratic convention Monday. He … Continue reading

Dan Roberti campaign spending so far: $11,326 per delegate

Dan Roberti spent $611,584 on his campaign for 5th District Congress through April 24, or $11,326 for each delegate who supported him at Monday night’s nominating convention. Elizabeth Esty‘s campaign spent $460,730 through April 24, or $6,981 per delegate. Chris … Continue reading

Chris Donovan wins Democrats’ 5th District nomination; Elizabeth Esty, Dan Roberti qualify for primary

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter WATERBURY — Everyone was a winner at the 5th District Democratic Convention Monday. State House Speaker Christopher Donovan easily won the nomination, but both his rivals also qualified for a primary as last minute … Continue reading

Live: Connecticut Democrats’ 5th District congressional convention

The delegates from Connecticut’s 5th District tonight will decide which candidate they want to face off against Republicans for the congressional seat: Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty, Dan Roberti or Randy Yale. Follow live coverage beginning about 6 p.m. from the convention at Rotella … Continue reading

Roberti, Esty and Donovan to delegates: Focused on election, not Democratic convention

As the three Democratic 5th District candidates head into the convention, each seems to be ignoring the other, focusing instead on the general election. Follow live coverage of Monday’s convention here, starting 6 p.m. In a letter to delegates sent … Continue reading

Democrats’ 5th District convention will be quick, short on speeches

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter There are five Democratic conventions tonight, one for every congressional district, but only one will really matter, according to state Democratic Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo. Tonight, 5th District delegates will decide who they want to face … Continue reading

Esty campaign says Chris Donovan will win convention, but they will primary

Even the campaign of Chris Donovan‘s closest rival for the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s 5th District Congress nomination acknowledges that Donovan is going to win the endorsement of the state party convention tonight. But Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti both … Continue reading

Elizabeth Esty, Andrew Roraback lead April fundraising in 5th District Congress race

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback led their rivals for Connecticut’s 5th District Congress seat in fundraising during a one-month pre-state convention period in April. Esty led all candidates, followed closely by Chris Donovan, while Roraback … Continue reading

In Democrats’ 5th District primary, 7 of 41 communities hold half the votes

Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti have dutifully been making the rounds of Democratic Town Committee meetings throughout Connecticut’s 5th District in their quest for the party’s nomination to succeed Congressman Chris Murphy. But more than half of the … Continue reading

Chris Donovan, Andrew Roraback lead in town committee endorsements

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter With a bit more than two weeks to go until the party conventions, endorsements are rolling in for Connecticut 5th congressional district candidates. Recently, Democrat Elizabeth Esty announced the support of the Canton Democratic Town … Continue reading

5th District candidates focused on conventions, not primary petition drive

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter With less than six weeks in which to obtain the necessary number of signatures to get on the ballot, should they not lock in the requisite 15 percent of delegates at the upcoming party conventions, … Continue reading

‘None of the Above’ wins 5th District debate, and his name is Randy Yale

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter The guy who probably shouldn’t have even been there won Democrats’ 5th District Congress debate Saturday. Perhaps because he is so little-known, Randy Yale surprised by holding his own with the three major candidates for … Continue reading

Esty’s refusal to sign negative campaigning pledge opens door for Dan Roberti

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter He’s had strong fundraising success in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s 5th District. He’s knocking on a lot of doors.