Amid the deluge of attack mailers that arrive each day, one piece of campaign mail sent to West Hartford residents stood out.
The mailer sent by Democratic state Sen. Beth Bye emphasized bipartisanship. “Beth believes good ideas don’t have party labels or job titles. It’s important to listen to everyone,” the flyer states.
Underscoring the point is a prominent quote at the top of the mailer from Bye’s Republican colleague in the state Senate, Andrew Roraback. “I don’t think anyone gives more of herself to the consensus-making process than Senator Bye,” Roraback said on April 25, according to the Senate transcript.
Roraback is locked in a tough battle in the 5th Congressional District with Democrat Elizabeth Esty, who has sought to portray the moderate Republican as a hard-right ideologue who marches in lockstep with an increasingly conservative national GOP leadership.
That’s the message Esty relayed last Sunday during a rally with President Bill Clinton. But Bye, who was in the audience, didn’t appear to endorse her fellow Democrat’s remarks:
Bye is running unopposed.