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Can Tom Swan prevent Donovan’s Swan Song?

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Hours before the U.S. Attorney’s office Thursday afternoon announced Wednesday’s arrest of Chris Donovan’s finance director, Tom Swan met with the congressional candidate and agreed to take over as manager of his soon-to-be-embattled campaign. “There was stuff going through the grapevine,” Swan, a long time friend and political ally of Donovan’s, recalled in an interview Tuesday. Swan Swan said […] [Read More]
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Working Families Party stands by Donovan

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The Connecticut Working Families Party in late December endorsed state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s, D-Meriden, bid for Congress. Donovan’s campaign was rocked last week when his finance director was arrested on federal charges of allegedly concealing the source of certain donations related to a little-noticed piece of legislation. Donovan has said he knew nothing of […] [Read More]
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Chris Donovan says he can’t quit Chris Donovan

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In an email message to supporters of his embattled congressional bid, state House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, pulls a bit of a Brokeback Mountain and promises he won’t quit on them or on himself. Here’s Donovan’s full message: Supporter, Thank you for your support. It means so much to me to know that you, and […] [Read More]
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The “R” in Shays’ Rolodex is for Rove

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If Fox News is part of your DNA chain, you probably think he’s a genius. In contrast, the mere mention of the name Karl Rove tends to make the MsNBC demographic shudder. To them, he is a mad scientist. Rove, the neo-conservative lightning rod who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to […] [Read More]
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Bernier to Donovan: How do you like your chicken?

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Justin Bernier, part of the quartet of Republicans running for Congress in the 5th District, is telling House Speaker Chris Donovan to man up. Donovan sent Tom Swan into the dragon’s lair this afternoon to answer questions about criminal charges against the former finance director of his congressional campaign. “Chris Donovan should speak for himself […] [Read More]
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Donovan lawyers up, retains same legal eagle as Shays

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The parallels are striking — two candidates named Chris running for Congress, a trusted lieutenant in their respective campaigns busted by the feds. When the FBI arrested the finance director of House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign Wednesday night, the scandal immediately spawned comparisons to Chris Shays’ last run for Congress in 2008. Shays’ campaign […] [Read More]
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Could Donovan’s woes give rich candidates a bounce?

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We posed that question to Linda McMahon this morning during a campaign stop in Stamford. The professional wrestling mogul and Republican Senate contender could have tried to spin the Chris Donovan scandal to her advantage. But she didn’t, emphasizing that a federal investigation into Donovan’s fundraising operation is “still underway.” “What’s more distressful for me […] [Read More]
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Legislative leaders: Donovan should cooperate and act quickly to address issues that led to federal indictment of campaign staffer

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House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey: “I am shocked by the allegations contained in the Federal indictment. Sadly, they cast a shadow over the entire legislative process, and for that reason I am sure that Speaker Donovan will cooperate fully with the investigation. It is imperative that the investigation be thorough and completed as rapidly as […] [Read More]
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Woman at heart of roll-your-own controversy says knows nothing of Donovan scandal

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In the final days of the 2012 legislative session Traci Scalzi was a familiar face inside the Capitol in Hartford. Scalzi, owner of roll-you-own cigarette shops in Norwalk and Orange, was personally lobbying any legislator who’d listen to kill a proposal that would increase the taxes and fees paid by her and around 15 similar […] [Read More]
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Roraback on arrest of Donovan’s finance director

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State Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, the GOP’s nominee to run for the 5th Congressional District seat, this afternoon said he was “shocked and speechless” by the news surrounding Democrat Chris Donovan’s campaign for the same position.  Roraback Donovan of Meriden is retiring from the job of state House Speaker to run for Congress. Like Roraback, […] [Read More]
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