Dan Roberti Roils 5th District Race With Union Endorsement.
Democrat Dan Roberti is making an impression in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District. He has picked up the endorsement of the very active 4,700 member Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America, Daily Ructions has learned.
Roberti, a New York public relations flack who resides in tony Kent, Connecticut, is off to a fast start in the race that continues to take shape. He enjoyed a robust fundraising start, far outdistancing Democrat Elizabeth Esty and Republican Justin Bernier. Bernier claimed to have set a record for the period but that boast came to grief when Esty and Roberti released their numbers.
The CWA endorsement of Roberti has caused consternation on Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan’s office. Donovan has been considered a subsidiary of the unions, so this has come as an unhappy jolt as the second-term speaker edges closer to making the race in the 5th.
Team Donovan cannot say it wasn’t warned. CWA head Bill Henderson escorted Roberti around Monday night’s annual Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Democratic fundraising who-ha.