Category Archives: Elizabeth Esty

Esty, Greenberg Tangle Over Ryan Budget

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Republican challenger Mark Greenberg are sparring over Thursday’s budget vote in the House.

Esty, a freshman from Connecticut’s 5th District, voted no on the fiscal 2015 spending plan put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. Ryan’s budget cuts federal spending by $5 trillion and includes sharp cuts to Medicaid and other health-care programs.

In a statement, Esty outlined her opposition to what she called Ryan’s “harmful, bad-faith budget.”

“It would break our commitments to seniors by ending Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and would increase out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and preventive care. The Ryan budget also slashes investment in education and limits our ability to improve our roads and rail infrastructure. And it keeps incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas while forcing middle-class families to pay more,” Esty said.

Greenberg lashed out at Esty, saying the Democratic spending plan she backs “continues [a] pattern of irresponsible spending and back-breaking tax increases.”

The Democrats’ plan would boost spending by $740 billion, Greenberg said in a press release. “Does Esty stand with her DC allies or the people in the 5th District who continue to suffer? I call on her to reject this type of tax and spend budget,” he added.

Asked which budget Greenberg would support, his campaign manager Bill Evans said: ” Mark is not a member of Congress and can’t commit to voting for a bill he has not read.  I can say that he wouldn’t support the plan being advanced by Esty’s colleagues because it raises taxes and balloons spending.”

New Greenberg Web Ad Highlights His Biography

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Mark Greenberg, a Republican running for Congress in the 5th District, has a new web ad out. The one-minute, 15 second spot is heavy on biographical details, highlighting Greenberg’s record as a businessman and community leader who founded an animal rescue facility.

The spot never mentions Greenberg’s Democratic opponent, U.S. rep. Elizabeth Esty. But despite the ad’s soft tone, it does spend a few seconds slamming Obamacare and reiterating Greenberg’s pledge to repeal it.


Blumenthal, Esty Push for New E-Cigarette Regulations

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty came to the state Capitol complex Monday morning to press for new regulations on electronic cigarettes.


Specifically, the two Democrats from Connecticut are pressing for passage of legislation that would prohibit advertising and marketing e-cigarettes to children and adolescents. They were joined by representatives from several public health non-profit groups, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Lung Association.

“E-cigarettes are simply the device du jour for nicotine delivery by Big Tobacco,” Blumenthal said. “They are very simply, for young people, a gateway to tobacco smoking.”

E-cigarettes are battery-operated, smoke-free devices, some of which deliver nicotine in the form of an inhaled aerosol.

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DeLauro, Esty Ask Hagel To Terminate DoD Contract With Russian Arms Dealer

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U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty on Wednesday wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking him to use President Obama\’s Ukraine sanctions to terminate a contract with a Russian arms dealer.

The Department of Defense purchases helicopters from Rosoboronexport. In the letter, initiated by DeLauro and Esty and signed by three other representatives from both sides of the aisle, the members of congress say that the executive order signed by the president Monday subjects to sanction companies operating in the Russian arms sector.

\”Given Russia\’s recent escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, current contracts with the Russian arms dealer must be terminated as well,\” the letter said. \”We strongly urge you to cancel contracts with Rosoboronexport for the delivery of Mi-17s to the Afghan National Security Forces, for supplying spare parts or for the sustained  maintenance of these helicopters.\”

DCCC Launches Web Ad Against Mark Greenberg, Other GOP Candidates

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hitting 5th District Republican Mark Greenberg in a new targeted web ad on healthcare.

The interactive ad, modeled on the game of Life, accuses Greenberg and Congressional Republicans of pursuing a damaging agenda on healthcare.

\”Whether it\’s being able to afford an emergency C-section, making sure kids get the right nutrition, ensuring women don\’t have to pay more for their care or guaranteeing Medicare\’s future, Mark Greenberg wants to join a Republican Congress that plays reckless games that hurt your health at every stage of life – all because they would rather stack the deck for their special interest buddies,\” Marc Brumer, DCCC spokesman, said in a press release. \”Now you can see just how much of a mess Mark Greenberg would make of your health care – but one spoiler alert: in this game, you can\’t win.\”

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Greenberg, a Litchfield County businessman, is the leading challenger to freshman Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the 5th District. Greenberg has been endorsed by 220 Republican leaders in 5th District and 18 members of General Assembly.



Federal Subpoena In George Gallo Probe Shows Same PAC In Chris Donovan Case

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Donovan, Direct Mail Systems, Elizabeth Esty, George Gallo, Larry Cafero Date:

A federal grand jury is seeking a wide variety of e-mails and text messages involving George D. Gallo, the former state Republican chairman who is now at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation into whether campaign work was steered to a Florida printing house.

The House Republican office released three subpoenas Friday that had been received in the Gallo investigation.

Subpoenas to the House Republican Campaign Committee, the House Republican office, and the New Friends political action committee all seek \”any and all documents,\’\’ including e-mails, invoices, and contracts dating back to January 2008, between Gallo and any staff member. The same request is being made of correspondence between the committees and The Vinco Group, LLC, a campaign consulting group operated by Gallo since 2003.

The latest subpoenas also seek all correspondence with Florida-based Direct Mail Systems, Inc. and a relatively small, Ohio-based company named King Strategic Communications that has 12 employees shown on its web site. Federal agents are also seeking any correspondence with any other direct mail vendor that the Republicans used. Continue reading

Petit Will Not Run for Congress in 2014

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Dr. William A. Petit Jr. has opted out of a congressional run in 2014.

State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola began talking with Petit late last summer about a run for the 5th Congressional District seat and Petit reportedly met with an official from the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee last week.

Petit seriously considered the idea but ultimately concluded that the timing for a run wasn\’t right.

\”I had been approached by a number of people who urged me to consider this possibility and suggested that I could make a difference if elected,\” Petit said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. \”I have always felt it is a great responsibility and privilege in a democracy to run for public office, and that those who care about good government need to be willing to get involved.  That said, I am newly re-married and have a 10 week old son with whom I am spending a lot of loving time. That is my clear priority, and I feel particularly blessed to be able to devote my time to them and to continue to volunteer for the Petit Family Foundation at this stage of my life.\”

Petit, the lone survivor of the Cheshire home invasion in 2007 in which his wife and two daughters were killed, was being wooed by Republican leaders to run for the 5th District seat. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Cheshire, won the seat in 2012.




Greenberg Slams Esty on the Death Penalty

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Republican Mark Greenberg is slamming Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty for opposing the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

\”Shockingly, Elizabeth Esty maintains her opposition to the death penalty even in a case of terrorism. Her radical liberal views are even more liberal than\” those of Attorney General Eric Holder, Greenberg said. \”It is time we elected a Congressman who represents us, not the far left.\”

The U.S. Department of Justice cited the enormity of the crime in its decision to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev.


Esty, who was unavailable for comment, has long been opposed to the death penalty. In 2009, as a state legislator, she struggled with her lifelong opposition to capitol punishment. \”Since I was a child, it always seemed to be wrong, morally wrong, religiously wrong,” Esty told Mark Pazniokas, who was reporting for the New York Times at the time.

But Esty represented Cheshire, where Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, were terrorized and murdered. In acknowledgement of the sensitivity in her district, Esty voted in favor of the repeal bill but was not a vocal advocate. “Frankly I feel that would not be appropriate for me to do from my district,” she told Paz.

A year later, Esty lost her reelection bid for her General Assembly seat to Al Adinolfi, a staunch proponent of the death penalty. \”If elected members of any body — whether it\’s a state house or Congress — were not willing to take career-ending or at least election-losing votes, I would not have the right to vote today,\’\’ Esty said in an interview with Courant Capitol Bureau Chief Chris Keating.

\”I felt it was my obligation to vote for what was best for the state, even if not popular at the time or in my district,\’\’ Esty told Keating. \”That allows me to put my head on my pillow at night, and it allows me to face my children. There are things that matter more than your election. That may take difficult votes, may take career-ending votes for people, but if we aren\’t willing to do that, then we\’re not going to move forward.\’\’

The death penalty was eliminated by the Connecticut legislature in 2012, although it still applies to crimes that were committed, such as the Petit killings, prior to the passage of the repeal.


It\’s Official: Democrat Chris Donovan Will Not Be Charged By U.S. Attorney

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It\’s official.

Former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan will not be charged by the U.S. Attorney in a campaign finance scandal that sent numerous supporters to prison.

Donovan\’s attorney received a letter from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly when she requested an official update on the longrunning case.

\”Please be advised that the investigation is now closed and, based on information and evidence currently available to the Government, this office will not seek to charge your client with violations of federal criminal law in connection with the investigation,\’\’ Daly wrote to Attorney Shelley R. Sadin of Quinnipiac University law school.

Donovan\’s spokeswoman said that his only response would be: \”The investigation is over. I look forward to continuing my efforts to advocate for a fair and just society.\’\’ Continue reading

Esty and Obamacare

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The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee issued a press release Monday calling on Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to \”pledge her continued support for Obamacare.\”

“This is Elizabeth Esty’s chance to be honest with voters about her position on Obamacare,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “If Esty truly believes Obamacare is the right thing for her district, she should have no problem signing this pledge and running on Obamacare in 2014.”

It\’s part of a national strategy by Republicans to target vulnerable Democrats by tying them to the healthcare overhaul, which national polling shows is unpopular is some parts of the country.

As part of their campaign, the NRCC is circulating a mock petition for Democratic candidates to sign. \”I have been a strong and consistent supporter of ObamaCare,\” the petition states. \”The law may be incredibly unpopular as people in my district are kicked off their health care plans and watch as their premiums and costs skyrocket, but I still support this law — and commit that I will continue to support it through Election Day.\”

In some districts, especially those where the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has gone less than smoothly, a freshman Democrat\’s support for the law might leave them vulnerable. They might even be tempted to walk away from their position.

But that doesn\’t seem to be the case with Esty. Instead of walking away from her support of the law, she is committed to getting more people signed up, said her campaign spokesman Jeb Fain.

\”Elizabeth\’s priority continues to be ensuring that the Affordable Care Act works well for her constituents, that we keep getting more people covered, and that families and small businesses know about all the options available to them. She continues to urge constituents without health insurance, who have not yet enrolled, to visit, compare plans, and get covered,\’\’ Fain said via email.

But Obamacare politics are bit more complicated for Esty: in November, she broke with her fellow Democrats in the Connecticut delegation to back a Republican plan that critics say would have undercut the Affordable Care Act. At the time, she said her vote was based on concerns from constituents who received cancellation notices from health insurers.