Donovan's Dilemma: CT's House Speaker Had a Tough Week

Chris Donovan has been tainted by the arrest of one of his campaign aides and his failure to directly address the controversy.


With long years of experience in the legislature and as blue a Democrat as you can get in Connecticut, Meriden's one of the state's most powerful Democrats, appeared to have his party's nomination to run for the sprawling 5th Congressional District in the bag long before last month's convention that saw him .

But the tumultuous and stunning events since last Wednesday have cast serious doubts on Donovan's political future.

His campaign finance director, Robert Braddock Jr., on Wednesday, May 30, and charged with hiding questionable campaign contributions. His arrest also raised the specter of possible attempts by some donors to buy Donovan's political influence. Within a day Donovan not only had fired Braddock, he also fired his campaign manager.

Those moves, however, did little to stem a backlash of criticism and questions from Connecticut's power elite, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen. Malloy called the allegations against Braddock and Jepsen, who said he was "deeply troubled" by the FBI's allegations, broadly hinted in a statement that Donovan might have to bow out of the 5th District race.

His political foes to step down as House speaker and there was a , from political friends and foes alike, that Donovan speak publicly about what he knew about his aide's arrest, which was the result of an FBI undercover operation.

But for days, Donovan did neither. He issued a brief statement late Thursday saying he was cooperating fully with the FBI's ongoing investigation and that he'd fired Braddock. Then, late on Friday afternoon, Donovan's 5th District campaign officials to announce that Donovan would limit his role as House speaker in the coming special session.

Donovan's absence from that press conference, however, brought an onslaught of criticism about his failure to attend and answer questions, a good amount of it from Connecticut's editorial pages and columnists, who wanted Donovan to speak publicly about what's going on.

saying he knew nothing about alleged irregularities in campaign contributions and that he would continue to press on with his campaign because his supporters are demanding it.

tina bourke June 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
A correction officer at DOC and a union leader to boot involved!! Now the union is distancing themselves from their own representative due to public relations..... SAD! Why does he still have a job? Also, doesn't anyone recognize how it has to come to FBI involvement to discover these things? This guy will continue to have a job but if it were a whistle blower who discovered it and disclosed it the whistle blower would be fired for sure........
MultoBene June 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
My humble opinion is corruption slithers down from the top! He should listen to the Republican LEADERS who say he should step down...only a matter of time for the FBI to scrape the scum off the top anyway...EVERY DEMOC RAT in office today is bathing in the same pond, I say time to get rid of all this polution!
MisterSpuddy June 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
And Repukes have done no wrong, right MultoBene?
MultoBene June 05, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Now that was a completely complex and well thought rebuke. Libertards are always able to come up with a "good one" hahahahaha
Committee to Elect June 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
5th District John Pistone (Unaffiliated) - John Pistone, Independent candidate for the 5th Congressional seat, was recently endorsed by Wayne Winsley, the republican nominee for the 3rd District seat. According to the Register Citizen, he said, “I have sufficient support behind me and as an unaffiliated candidate I have probably largest voting block in Connecticut – it’s time to represent the people, that’s why I’m running.” Chris Donovan (D): Donvoan posted this update on his Twitter- Joining the @CTWFP for their 10th birthday. So honored to be their candidate for #CT5 twitpic.com/9w4tmu [Editor’s Note: 5th Congressional District towns include Avon, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Burlington, Canaan, Canton, Cheshire, Cornwall, Danbury, Farmington, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Meriden, Middlebury, Morris, New Britain, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plainville, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Simsbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Torrington (part), Warren, Washington, Waterbury (part), Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.] Related Topics: Campaign Notebook CT and November Election


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