NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state labor leaders are publicly throwing their support to 5th Congressional District Democratic candidate Elizabeth Esty.

Appearing at a senior center in New Britain, Malloy said Friday that voters need to embrace Esty in order to stop the “radical” Republican agenda proposed by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

Esty defeated House Speaker Chris Donovan, a favorite of organized labor, in the primary election earlier this month.

Donovan has yet to say whether he will continue running on the Working Families Party line. The minor party cross-endorsed Donovan earlier this year.

Republican candidate Andrew Roraback says Democrats have monopoly on power in Connecticut.

“My candidacy offers an opportunity for the people of Connecticut to say no to what Governor Malloy has brought them, and to say no to what President Obama has brought to them,” Roraback said.

“I am my own person. I have always done what is right for the people of my district.  I support my party when they are right, and I buck my party when they are not correct,” Roraback said.

Roraback has begun his general election efforts with appearances at local events in Canton and Wolcott.


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