The influential Rothenberg Political Report has changed its rating for Connecticut’s 5th District race from “Democrat-favored” to “Safe Democrat.”
“Freshman members who are elected to a first term with less than 50 percent of the vote are often automatic takeover targets the next cycle. But Republicans are having difficulty finding a top-tier challenger to Rep. Elizabeth Esty,” writes Nathan Gonzales.
He notes that Esty came under fire for accepting campaign contributions from executives and lobbyists for the utility company regualted by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which is led by her husband, Daniel Esty.
The 5th District hasn’t been represented by a Republican since Nancy Johnson lost to Chris Murphy in 2006. “Republicans still need a top-tier recruit to be in the game here,” Gonzales wrote.