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McMahon, Murphy open huge primary leads

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Fresh off receiving endorsements from their respective parties at their state conventions, frontrunners Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy are now running away from their primary opponents in the state’s U.S. Senate race, a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday morning shows. McMahon, a Greenwich Republican and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive, now leads former U.S. Rep Chris […] [Read More]
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McCain cuts infomercial for Shays

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Christopher Shays is trending in Washington, D.C. But can his coziness with the political establishment translate to electoral success against Linda McMahon in Connecticut’s GOP Senate primary? U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, recorded a 20-second video testimonial for Shays after co-hosting a Beltway fundraiser for the ex-congressman. [Read More]
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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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