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Today in Connecticut Chris Donovan officially ended his campaign for congress, taking his name off the Working Families Party ballot line and endorsing his primary opponent, Elizabeth Esty.

The Working Families Party quickly followed suit, endorsing Esty.  

After a divisive primary, some progressives, including some on this site, were deriding Esty as a Joe Lieberman clone, and some urged Donovan to remain on the ballot as the candidate of the WFP.

I understand that there is often anger after a primary, and I certainly understand that Donovan had earned a lot of progressive loyalty.  I am very glad, however, that calmer heads prevailed.  Donovan and the WFP have seen that there is more that unites them with Esty than divides them from her.  Moving on from primary rhetoric, she is a true progressive and deserves our support.

Elizabeth Esty Supports progressive taxation.  She supports preserving Social Security and Medicare.  She supports investments in education and Job training.  She supports unions rights to organize.  She supports paid sick leave.  These are the stances of a fiscal progressive who will support working people.

On social issues, of course, her credentials are impeccable.  She strongly supports the rights of anyone, including her gay brother, to marry.  She supports choice.  She would not compromise her opposition to the death penalty, even when she was running for re-election while her opponent campaigned with the widower who survived the tripple murder of his wife and two daughters in her district.  (She lost by 100 votes).

You can check her out at her campaign website.

Elizabeth Esty will think for herself, and will vote as she believes is right, rather than always voting the party line, but as someone who has followed her closely for four years, I can tell you that she will be working hard, for us, every day.

Let's work for her.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Numbers are like people . . . Torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

    by Actuary4Change on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 05:53:51 PM PDT

  •  chris murphy (1+ / 0-)
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    i live in the first district represented by john larson.  the us senate race here in connecticut is so vital.  i donated to chris murphy and john larson so far.  chris need as much help as possible from lnda mcsteriods and her millions.

    •  I'm a big Chris Murphy fan (0+ / 0-)

      I'm surprised how close McMahon is polling, but I'm confident that he will carry CT, if we all get out and knock on doors.  Make sure turnout is high in the 1st and 3rd districts.

      As for the 5th, Esty v. Roraback will be close, but I also think that Esty will win.  She has a good message for the district, and will be a great successor to Chris in the seat.  

      Murphy will clean up in the 5th.  His popularity there is huge.  Early in the primary when everyone was a low-information voter, the #1 message knocking on doors for Esty was "no, she isn't running against Chris Murphy"

      Numbers are like people . . . Torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

      by Actuary4Change on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 03:25:47 AM PDT

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      •  I'm in the 5th, too (0+ / 0-)

        It's always seemed to me that Roraback was fairly popular in this area and I'm completely unfamiliar with Esty. Can't be sure about Roraback's popularity, but I hope Esty gets her name out there to define herself real quick.

        How well-known is Murphy outside the 5th? I like him a lot and look forward to his win in November, but I am concerned about how quickly the race became very close.

        •  I'm actually CT-03 (0+ / 0-)

          But Esty's state rep district snuck over the line to include me, which is how I met her.  Rosa De-Lauro doesn't need my help in the 3rd, so I'm comfortable doing my work in the 5th.

          Roaraback will start with  a lead in his St. Senatorial district.  Esty starts with a huge advantage in Cheshire, where she is well known and very popular.

          The district has more independents than D's or R's, and even among D's and R's, most tune out the primary, so both candidates will have a lot of work to do taking their primary base and expanding on it.

          I know that Esty will not be outworked, and I know that she has a good campaign staff in place.  You should expect to hear a lot from her over the next weeks now that she has mended fences with Donovan and the WFP.

          I think that Esty will have a more enthusiastic base behind her, and she and Chris Murphy will sound similar themes in the campaign.  Roraback will cause social conservatives to sit on their hands.

          I think that Roraback and Esty are both smart, thoughtful politicians, and other that base turnout, the key will be convincing moderates that supporting the extreme republican fiscal agenda is not a good idea.

          Numbers are like people . . . Torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

          by Actuary4Change on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:26:50 AM PDT

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