Elizabeth Esty to Seek Fifth District Democratic Nomination.
Former Democratic state legislator Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire will announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District next week. Esty, who served one term in the House of Representatives, was defeated for re-election last fall. It was an embarrassing loss for the ambitious, confident Democrat.
She’s likely to face, among others, Democratic Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan of Meriden in the race for the seat being given up by incumbent Christopher Murphy. The Esty candidacy could complicate life for her husband, Daniel Esty, Governor Don’t Call Me Dan Malloy’s nominee to head his new environment and energy agency. Professor Esty’s agenda will need Donovan’s support if it’s to have any life. He’s yet to appear before the legislature to commence the confirmation process.
Elizabeth Esty has been making calls to Fifth District notables for several weeks. She’s hired a Washington, D.C. firm to help her navigate federal election law, Daily Ructions understands.