Connecticut’s five Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives were projected as winners on election night. All of them won their race by large margins.
Esty, Cope differ sharply, and sometimes agree, in a civil race
WASHINGTON — Overshadowed like other congressional races in Connecticut by the loud and vitriolic presidential race, the matchup between Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty and GOP challenger Clay Cope has been a civil contest between party moderates.
Fundraising for GOP congressional candidates in CT hits new low
Updated at 9 a.m.
Donors are shunning all five Republican campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut, setting a new mark for fundraising futility: Contributions in the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts are less than 10 percent of what previous GOP challengers raised in previous cycles.
Esty and Cope disagree, if amiably, on gun control and climate change
DANBURY — America’s approach to regulating the sale of guns was the brightest line dividing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, and Republican Clay Cope, on Thursday in the first debate of what’s been an unexpectedly quiet congressional campaign. Another wedge issue was climate change: Cope is unsure about its cause, saying, “I’m not a scientist.”
CT lawmakers raise millions in political cash, challengers not so much
Washington – Connecticut’s incumbents continued to outpace their challengers in campaign fundraising by wide margins, according to the latest reports with the Federal Elections Commission.
Some CT GOP challengers give Trump a cool embrace; most skipping convention
WASHINGTON — While three GOP candidates for Connecticut’s congressional seats are enthusiastic about Trump, John Shaban, running in the 4th District, has not committed and two others have offered a cool embrace.
CT Dems joined national Democrats in gun-control fundraising pitch
WASHINGTON — Republicans vying to unseat Connecticut Democrats say they are outraged by the attempt to raise political cash from what they characterized as exploitation of the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month. Meanwhile, the Connecticut Democratic Party accused the GOP candidates of using their outrage to avoid taking a position on the gun control legislation at the center of the controversy.
A gay GOP candidate’s struggle to steer clear of the culture wars
SHERMAN — Clay Cope, the first selectman of this quiet lake community of 3,694, got into the race for Congress at the urging of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who says Cope has a compelling story to tell about restoring Yankee virtues of pay-as-you-go frugality and limited government to a town that had fallen into debt. But if there is a formula for keeping God, guns and gays out of congressional politics in 2016, no one has shared it with Cope.
Obama: ‘We will not give in to fear or turn against each other’
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags lowered to half-staff Sunday as Connecticut joined President Obama and the nation in mourning the murders of 50 people in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub, an act of terror and the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Some Democrats quickly called for Congress to strengthen measures aimed at preventing gun violence.
Pistone says he’ll run as independent for 5th District seat
WASHINGTON — John Pistone received no support from Republican delegates at their party’s convention Monday night for his bid to run against Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, but says he’ll run as an independent anyway.
Clay Cope wins landslide in 5th, Daria Novak a squeaker in 2nd
Connecticut Republicans endorsed Clay Cope, the first selectman of rural Sherman and one of the GOP’s few openly gay elected officials, in a landslide Monday as their congressional candidate in the 5th District. Daria Novak won a narrow contest in the 2nd District, but could face a primary from Ann Brookes.
GOP 5TH District campaign goes negative as convention nears
WASHINGTON — On the eve of the Connecticut GOP convention, two Republican candidates hoping to replace Rep. Elizabeth Esty in Congress are embroiled in accusations of dodgy business dealings and criminal records.
Connecticut lawmakers trouncing challengers in political fundraising
WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers have raised and spent millions of dollars in political cash, even if they have no challenger or the ones they have are woefully underfunded. It’s the system, analysts say. And they say it’s not likely to change.
3 GOP challengers looking to oust Esty
WASHINGTON– Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s latest Republican challengers may not have Andrew Roraback’s name recognition or Mark Greenberg’s wealth, but they are all determined to win the right to represent the 5th District in Congress and change the composition of Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation. They are Matt Maxwell of Sandy Hook, Clay Cope of Sherman and John Pistone of Brookfield.