Rothenberg/Roll Call Moves CT5 to \”Safe Democrat\’\’

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The influential Rothenberg Political Report has changed its rating for Connecticut\’s 5th District race from \”Democrat-favored\” to \”Safe Democrat.\”

\"esty\”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.

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7 thoughts on “Rothenberg/Roll Call Moves CT5 to \”Safe Democrat\’\’

  1. Connecticut is Circling the Drain

    True. It takes a top tier Republican to beat a low tier Democrat in The
    People’s Republic of Connecticut.

  2. enness

    “Republicans are having difficulty finding a top-tier challenger to Rep. Elizabeth Esty”

    That’s kind of pathetic.

  3. William Landers

    Rothenberg is greatly mistaken. I will give the 5th to Republican Businessman Mark Greenberg or State Rep. John Piscopo. In fact John would get 3 points over Esty and Greenberg would finish 4 1/2 points over U.S. Rep. Esty.

  4. John R. McCommas

    Well then how about that spunky Nancy Johnson then?

    She could beat her. And as for these ratings, they really are crap. These people don’t know what is going on in the districts.

    And why is it they keep *updating* their opinions? If their crap doesn’t stink; why can’t they say right now she will be re-elected with not further updates? We should call them Captain Obvious.

    This is an inside the beltway issue more geared towards early fundraising than real on the ground grassroots politicking.

    The district is competitive and we got a long way to go yet. Its only June of 2013 after all.

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