Elizabeth Esty’s new “shoes” TV ad is ringing bells at the Donovan headquarters in Meriden for this not-so-subtle slap at the house speaker:
And as a legislator, she took on her party leaders to fight for honest budgets – even cutting her own pay.
After Esty announced her new ad – it’s an upbeat commercial introducing the Cheshire Democrat to voters where where she promises to stand up for the middle class – Chris Donovan’s campaign manager responded with a shotgun blast.
Tom Swan didn’t like what the Esty ad infers about “her party leaders” and “honest budgets” at the General Assembly. Chris Donovan was one of those party leaders when Esty was a lawmaker. (It should be noted that Esty’s challenge to liberal Democratic leaders in the General Assembly never went very far.)
In Elizabeth Esty’s first campaign ad, she highlights her support for a Republican-like budget that attacked the very values Democrats believe in. As a legislator, Esty tried to protect tax breaks for millionaires by cutting funding for classroom education and gutting health care for seniors and Connecticut’s poorest children. Esty didn’t take on party leaders, she took on the values of the Democratic Party with a Republican-like plan to protect millionaires on the backs of seniors and children.
It’s unfortunate that Speaker Donovan has decided to engage in the same old attack politics with a sad attempt to distract from his own campaign’s serious troubles. Elizabeth is a proud Democrat and believes we should stop the political bickering and work together to extend middle class tax cuts, while ending tax cuts for millionaires and big oil companies.