Rep. Joe Courtney, sitting on a sweet lead, opens his campaign bank account

The last poll has Rep. Joe Courtney, D-3rd District, sitting on a fat lead in his re-election contest against Janet Peckinpaugh. That’s apparently put him in a generous mood.

Last week, Courtney dipped into his own campaign coffers to help some of his more politically endangered colleagues, new campaign reports show. Courtney gave $2,000 Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, and $1,000 to Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District.

Courtney knows what it’s like to be in a tight race. He first won the 3rd District by a margin of just 83 votes.