National Party Politics Takes Center Stage In 5th District

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and labor leaders rallied around Elizabeth Esty, the Democratic nominee in the 5th Congressional District, and painted her opponent, Sen. Andrew Roraback, as someone who supports the national Republican agenda. Esty believes voters in the 41 towns in the 5th Congressional District support the national Democratic agenda “of protecting Medicare and Social Security,” over the Republican agenda which would privatize Social Security and voucher Medicare.


“The Ryan-Romney-Roraback plan is nothing other than to decimate the middle class. To turn back the clock. To make it harder for the middle class to move forward,” Malloy said lumping Roraback in with the Republican Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates.


But hardly anyone would consider Roraback as someone who walks in lockstep with the Republican Party. A self-described New England Republican, Roraback is fiscally conservative, but socially liberal supporting things as controversial nationally as a women’s right to choose.


“One of the themes of my campaign has been that I am a Republican, but I’m an American before I’m a Republican,” Roraback said. “Clearly Dan Malloy and Elizabeth Esty appear to be Democrats before they’re Americans.”





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