VIDEO LINKS BELOW Republicans didn’t want to run against Elizabeth Esty and Democrats didn’t want Andrew Roraback, but that is the race in Connecticut’s 5th district. Both candidates are our guests on Sunday’s Face the State, and their order in the broadcast was determined by a flip of the coin.
Both were asked about patching up things with their rivals after a brutal primary campaign. Esty was called “Republican light,” and Roraback was tagged as “too liberal.” During the taping, Roraback said his former opponents are now supporting him; Esty couldn’t say that. Embattled House Speaker still has not endorsed her, and his name is slated to appear on the November ballot on the Working Families line. We asked Esty how that could impact her race. “I am confident we (Donovan and Esty) will be moving forward together,” Esty told me.
We also talked about Roraback’s efforts to grab the independent voters who might be hesitant to vote Republican after six years of Democrat Chris Murphy. Many of the same people who voted for Murphy, also voted for Roraback in his state senate races.
We questioned Esty about a problem she may have with progressives. The state’s leading liberal Democratic blog, “My Left Nutmeg,” has compared Esty to Pinocchio.
You can see the interviews in their entirety, this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, only on WFSB Channel 3. Kevin Rennie, Duby McDowell and Brian Flaherty provide analysis.
Watch McDowell, Flaherty, and Rennie: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7625574