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Connecticut Dem Retires From House Seat Amid Scandal; Possible Pickup for GOP

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) announced she will not run for reelection, opening up a scramble for her seat on both sides of the aisle.

By NTK Staff | 04.03.2018 @12:30pm
Connecticut Dem Retires From House Seat Amid Scandal; Possible Pickup for GOP

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) announced on Monday she will not run for reelection in 2018, amid a growing scandal over handling of abuse allegations made against her former chief of staff.

Esty shared a statement on Twitter, defending her record but also apologizing to a survivor of the ex-chief of staff’s abuse.

Esty’s announcement opens up a scramble for her seat:

  • On the Republican side, State Rep. William Petit (R-Plainville), State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan), former U.S. Senate candidate Dan Carter, businessman and former congressional candidate Mark Greenberg, and more are rumored to either be considering or have been asked about a run.
  • On the Democratic side, former First Selectman Mary Glassman (D-Simsbury) is the first person in the race after Esty’s retirement; former congressional candidate Dan Roberti and Mayor Neil O’Leary (D-Waterbury) are also possible candidates.

In Esty’s first campaign for the seat, in 2012, she only won by three percentage points in the district, even as Barack Obama won the state of Connecticut in a landslide. The district is competitive for Republicans, perhaps especially so in light of Esty’s retirement.

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