National Republicans take shot at Speaker Donovan’s bid for Fifth Congressional District

This from National Republican Congressional Campaign Spokesman Tory Mazzola, writing about Speaker of the House Chris Donovan’s district-wide tour of official announcements of his Fifth District candidacy:

“Career politician Chris Donovan is out looking for a promotion, even though he ignored Connecticut voters and supported the largest tax increase in the state’s history.  If he thinks that’s the way to create jobs, he’ll fit right in with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.”

For those with memory lapses, or just plain want to forget Connecticut’s Fifth District leadership, Republican John G. Rowland served from 1985-91; Republican Gary A. Franks, 1991-97; Democrat James H. Maloney, 1997-2003; Republican Nancy L. Johnson, 2003-2007; and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy took office in 2007 and has now set his career goal to succeed U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman when he retires next year.

And for a bonus, who was Fifth District rep before Rowland? Answer below.

The late William R. Ratchford, a Danbury Democrat, served from 1979 until 1985.