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Democrat Won’t Back Own Party Following Primary

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Dan Roberti won't back his Democratic rival if he loses the Connecticut primary. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)

Dan Roberti won’t back his Democratic rival if he loses the Connecticut primary. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House says he is unlikely to support his rival, state House Speaker Chris Donovan, if he is nominated to take on the Republican candidate.

Dan Roberti, one of three Democratic candidates, told WFSB-TV on Sunday that he needs to be assured that Donovan did not know aides allegedly were involved in hiding campaign contributions tied to efforts to defeat legislation.

Eight people associated with Donovan have been charged.

Elizabeth Esty, the other Democrat in the race, said she will endorse whoever is nominated by Democrats in the Aug. 14 primary.

Gabe Rosenberg, a spokesman for Donovan, said Roberti’s criticism is not surprising because of what Rosenberg called his uncertain commitment to the values of the Democratic Party.

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