By Gregory B. Hladky
11:39 AM EDT, August 31, 2012
Connecticut's cross-endorsement frenzy continued Friday as the Working Families Party decided (very reluctantly) to back Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the 5th Congressional District race.
WFP types gave up on their vision of backing state House Speaker Chris Donovan, whose investigation-plagued candidacy floundered in the Democratic primary. After Esty won that race, state labor leaders (again reluctantly) decided they had to support her or risk losing the 5th CD to Republican Andrew Roraback.
Donovan finally, after much dithering, formally ended his run for Congress Thursday. The only surprise with that was how long it took.
His fall from political grace has been spectacular. Donovan was the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination in the Fifth, and at one point was considered likely to win on Election Day as well.
But that was before the feds indicted a flock of Donovan's top campaign people and close associates on alleged political finance shenanigans.
Donovan is an old-line union guy and a solid liberal of the type beloved by the pro-labor WFP. Which helps explain why they considered running him against Esty.
But Democratic leaders and the unions bailed, figuring a Donovan WFP run would just split the non-Republican vote and help elect Roraback.
"Elizabeth Esty is in the best position to fight for working and middle class families going forward," was the explanation in the statement issued by WFP Executive Director Lindsay Farrell.
Keep in mind that the WFP honchos were saying very, very different sorts of things about Esty during the primary campaign. But hey, that's politics folks.
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