Federal investigations are casting shadows over two candidates’ campaigns in the closely watched 5th Congressional District, an unusual development for a single race in a state dubbed “Corrupticut” after an earlier outbreak of scandals.
Connecticut lawmakers returned to the state Capitol to finish work on two wide-ranging budget-related bills, but Tuesday’s special session was shadowed by the controversy surrounding House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign and contributions linked to one of the bills being considered.
Robert Braddock Jr. was unknown in Connecticut politics when he came to work on House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign, but full of promises that he was an “accomplished finance director” with a record of raising millions of dollars.
In a wiretapped conversation, an unnamed conspirator said “Last time one of these [expletive] drug addicts bounced a check, even though we put the [expletive] money right in their hand.”
House Speaker Christopher Donovan secured the backing on Monday night of the state Democratic Party in Connecticut’s hotly contested 5th congressional district race, but he still has an intra-party fight on his hands.