Republican Andrew Roraback says he raised nearly $555,000 in the just-completed third quarter in his battle against Democrat Elizabeth Esty.
The race for Congress in the 5th District is being watched around the country, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner – the highest-ranking Republican in the nation – is coming to the Hartford Club on Tuesday to raise money for Roraback. High-profile business executives like Ramani Ayer and Robert Patricelli, both of Simsbury, are among the members of the host committee who are building the crowd for Roraback at the downtown club.
Republicans are hoping to raise big money from insurance executives who work in Hartford and wouldn’t mind shaking the hand of the Speaker of the House. Based on projections out of Washington, D.C., Boehner will continue to be speaker after November as many insiders expect Republicans to hold the House for at least the next two years. Boehner will be a key player in any future changes to Obamacare and any other laws that insurance executives care about.
Of the quarterly total, Roraback says that $518,350 was raised after the original pre-primary filing period that lasted from July 1 to July 25. He notes that, for the post-primary period, he is essentially tied with Esty in the all-important fundraising battle.
Esty has previously announced that she has raised more than $2 million overall, including more than $650,000 in the just-finished quarter.