Former House Speaker Chris Donovan withdrew from the 5th District congressional race nearly six months ago, but the Meriden Democrat still owes $145,177 in debt and obligations, according to his most recent campaign finance filing.
That number is about $4,000 less than he reported owing in October.
Most of Donovan’s outstanding debt — $113,623 — is money owed to two law firms: Zeedles, Needle & Cooper in Bridgeport and Day Pitney. The remaining $31,554 in unpaid obligations is for bills from companies like AT&T and Connecticut Light &Power.
The Donovan campaign did work with Day Pitney last summer when it commissioned former U.S. Attorney Stanley Twardy, who works for Day Pitney, to conduct a probe of its campaign finances. The probe came after the FBI launched its own investigation.
House Speaker Chris Donovan, who ran for the 5th Congressional District seat this year, sent an email last week to those who supported him during his congressional bid.
In his email, Donovan thanked recipients for their support and friendship and wished them the best in the new year. There was also an opportunity for people to click a button to donate to his campaign.
Donovan\’s October campaign finance report shows that he owes $112,489 in legal fees and an additional $36,654 in other obligations.
Elizabeth Esty, who won the 5th Congressional District seat on Election Day, is heading to Washington, D.C., this week for orientation.
Orientation for new members of Congress is a two-week ordeal.
The first week begins Tuesday and ends Saturday.
A briefing on ethics is scheduled. They will also learn how to set up their offices, manage their office budgets and hire personnel. A \”member-elect class photo\” will also be taken.
The second week of orientation will be held Nov. 27 through Dec. 1.
During the second week, a reception will be held at the Botanic Garden. New members of Congress will also tour the House of Representatives\’ chamber, attend a seminar on the legislative process and take part in perhaps the most significant event of all: the lottery to determine what office the new Congresswoman receives.
Former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, who represented 5th Congressional District towns for years before losing her 2007 re-election bid to Democrat Chris Murphy, was in Torrington on Tuesday to support congressional candidate and fellow Republican Andrew Roraback.
Roraback, of Goshen, lost the 5th District seat to Democrat Elizabeth Esty, of Cheshire.
Johnson spent about an hour at the Backstage restaurant chatting with Roraback supporters and watching the numbers come in. However, she left long before Roraback entered the room to deliver his concession speech. Continue reading →
Congressional candidates Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback are busy today, touring the 5th Congressional District in an effort to secure more votes.
Esty, a Democrat, is making stops in several communities, including New Britain, Farmington and Simsbury. Over the weekend, Esty spoke with voters at a handful of grocery stores, her spokesman said.
Roraback, a Republican, began his Monday by doing an interview with WPRX 1120 AM in Berlin, a Spanish-language radio station. He was then expected to meet with other elected officials and voters at two different diners in Danbury.
Later, Roraback\’s spokesman said he will be knocking on doors and visiting supermarkets.
Roraback is expected to vote in Goshen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday before visiting several 5th District polling places.
With Election Day just 12 days away, political candidates are not slowing down — even with talk of Hurricane Sandy hitting Connecticut next week.
This morning, U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy, a Democrat, discussed Social Security and Medicare benefits with AARP members during a telephone conversation. His opponent, Republican Linda McMahon, did the same thing on Thursday.
This afternoon, Murphy will stop in New Haven to visit small businesses with state Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, and on Sunday, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will campaign for Murphy at Library Park in Waterbury.
McMahon also has a rally planned for Sunday at 1 p.m. in Watertown.
Democrat Elizabeth Esty held a press conference in Farmington Thursday to talk about health care reform and its importance to women.
Esty supports the president\’s health care law.
Esty, a one-term state representative, cited her 2009 vote in support of Sustinet, the affordable health care plan that was passed by the state legislature, as a reason why 5th Congressional District residents should vote for her. She also said she has a history of fighting for women\’s rights.
\”I have a record quite unmatched by him,\” Esty said, of her opponent, Republican Andrew Roraback.