Retiring state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, who was unable to salvage his congressional bid in the wake of a federal influence-peddling probe, has been pretty quiet after losing the 5th District August 14 primary to Elizabeth Esty.
But today Donovan emerged from political seclusion in the form of an email to supporters asking them to pitch in $5 to help retire his campaign debt.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Donovan as of late July was trying to pay down an $84,668 bill.
Donovan’s message did not mention Esty, a former state representative who he eventually endorsed for the 5th seat.
I’m sure some loyal Democrats are torn between giving that $5 to Donovan or to Esty as she campaigns against Republican Andrew Roraback.
It’s been a few weeks since the primary, so I wanted to drop you a brief note to say thank you. We had a difficult few months, but I’m proud of how hard we fought for the working families of Connecticut – and I’ll be proud to cast my ballot for the Democratic ticket in November! So thank you – your support made my campaign possible.
I know I asked you for a lot during the campaign, but I have one more request. Our campaign finished with some debt, but I want to make sure that everyone gets what is owed to them. Can I count on you to donate $5 to help me retire this debt?