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Feds looking at another 5th District campaign, ex-Guv. Rowland

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Just a few weeks after House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign was rocked by a federal probe, Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie today reported a federal criminal grand jury is looking at the work ex.-GOP Governor John Rowland performed for another 5th District contender, Lisa Wilson-Foley. Here’s Rennie’s initial blog post from earlier Monday, with additional reporting from The […] [Read More]
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Murphy on Donovan: Primary voters will decide

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U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy today kicked off his Senate campaign’s jobs tour with visits to Manchester and Stamford. I caught up with Murphy at the latter stop – Total Image Beauty and Barber. Most of the news coming out of Murphy’s 5th Congressional District in the past few weeks has involved state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s, […] [Read More]
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Lumaj exits Senate race stage right, will endorse Linda

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The Albanian-American community will have to wait for one of its own to get elected to the U.S. Senate. Peter Lumaj won’t be on the Republican primary ballot Aug. 14. In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Newspapers Thursday, Lumaj said it is time for him to step aside and that he will formally endorse GOP […] [Read More]
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Clooney or Connecticut?

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Connecticut’s top Democrat won’t hold it against former Sen. Chris Dodd if he has developed a man crush on a certain Hollywood leading man: George Clooney. Dodd, who retired from the Senate at the end of 2010 and is now the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, has a standing invitation from the […] [Read More]
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Roll-your-own bill a complex issue

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Some Democrats are saying when the legislature meets in special session tomorrow members must pass legislation aimed at taxing the roll-your-own tobacco industry because of the related scandal embroiling Speaker Chris Donovan’s, D-Meriden, congressional campaign. Some Republicans are saying they must oppose the bill because it hurts small businesses. Both sides are oversimplifying. As we reported […] [Read More]
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Fired Donovan campaign manager taps Donovan donor for attorney

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Political observers speculated Joshua Nassi, Chris Donovan’s ex-congressional campaign manager/confidante, was an unidentified co-conspirator referenced in the federal affidavit released last week following the arrest of Donovan’s finance director. The affidavit identified one co-conspirator as a male Donovan campaign aide. Donovan, following Robert Braddock Jr.’s arrest for allegedly concealing the source of campaign donations, fired two other campaign workers – Nassi […] [Read More]
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Time to rebrand?

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If only Christopher Shays had Don Draper on speed dial. The former congressman, who has marketed himself as the most electable Republican running for Senate, will undoubtedly have to tweak his advertising campaign. Check out the screen capture above, which was taken from the high traffic news aggregating website CT Capitol Report Wednesday morning a […] [Read More]
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Donovan’s secret weapon: Campaign manager’s baby

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As he works to salvage his 5th District congressional campaign and reputation, state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, might want to seriously consider borrowing his campaign manager’s baby for all public appearances. Fifteen-month-old Mirae, daughter of progressive activist/lobbyist Tom Swan and his wife, union worker Suzanne Haviland, has made occasional appearances at the Capitol. Now that Swan has taken […] [Read More]
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Murphy campaign on Q-Poll: Holy #@%*%!!! Send money!!!

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Read into it what you will – panic or mock panic. In the wake of this morning’s Quinnipiac University poll showing Republican Linda McMahon within three points of Democrat Chris Murphy in the general election, the latter’s campaign sent out a fundraising email sounding the alarm. I’ve highlighted the section where Murphy campaign manager Kenny […] [Read More]
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‘Work cut out’ for Shays campaign

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Reached on the phone by Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s Ken Dixon earlier today, here’s how Amanda Bergen, communications director for Chris Shays’ U.S. Senate campaign, said about today’s Quinnipiac poll, which shows Shays getting clobbered by Linda McMahon in a GOP primary matchup and faring worse than McMahon against likely Democratic nominee Chris Murphy: “We […] [Read More]
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