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Patch’s Poll: Is Donovan Doing Damage to the Democrats?

Members and supporters of Chris Donovan’s Congressional campaign are facing federal indictments. Do you think his campaign woes will have an effect on other Democrats’ chances at victory in November?

The race for the 5th Congressional District has arguably been the most contested political race in Connecticut this year.

There are multiple candidates on both sides of the aisle competing for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that has been held by a Democrat since 2006.

Chris Murphy fended off three Republican challengers since first getting elected that year, further solidifying Congressional Democrats’ hold over all of Connecticut.

But just this week, the Rothenberg Political Report dropped its rating for the 5th Congressional District from “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-Up/Tilts Democrat,” according to CTMirror.org.

The reason? The Mirror points right to Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan, whose campaign has been under major scrutiny since it was subject to a federal investigation involving a misuse of campaign funds.

An investigation concluded that he wasn't personally involved, however seven people have since been indicted in an . One person has also since pleaded guilty.

Apart from having to fend off political attacks from his Republican challengers, Donovan has also been the subject of criticism from the two other Democrats — Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti — who are vying for the 5th District seat in an Aug. 14 primary.

Furthermore, some Democratic town committees — — are dropping support of Donovan in his bid for Congress, despite the fact that he’s the endorsed candidate.

With the bad publicity hitting the Donovan campaign over the past month, is it possible his race could bring down some Democrats’ chances at victory in November? Last year, Chris Shays when Linda McMahon ran for U.S. Senate in 2010: her presence on the Republican ticket allegedly brought down the chances of victory for other Republicans — like gubernatorial challenger Tom Foley.

Could Donovan’s campaign troubles do the same for other Democrats like Chris Murphy’s chances at the U.S. Senate? Or Jim Himes’ chances at re-election in the moderate 4th Congressional District? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

John T Delemarre August 01, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Mr. Donovan was/is in charge of his office staff and he most likely chose the people who served as campaign staff. The boss should be leading by example, in word and deed. Clearly something went amiss here. Mr. Donovan should consider a career change - I understand that some people who lobby our federal legislators, and local representatives, can do quite well financialy.
Don Charles August 01, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The man needs to give it up. He is a sleaze and corrupt, he knew what was going on and tried to act innocent. Just another phoney Politician who very possibly will be voted in by the dumb voters of CT. They just don't know how to vote in anyone but a Democrat.
DisgruntledInClinton August 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
He's a Democrat, thus, he'll get away with it. A Republican would be tarred and feathered.
Jon August 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Abolish Unions, and make America great again.
Alan Zimmerman September 25, 2012 at 07:47 PM
VOTERS, you may be interested to learn that the GOP's Linda McMahon has spent more personal wealth to win a Senate seat than anyone in U.S. history - about $70 million. Linda, as her countless TV commercials like to call her, spent $50 million in 2010, but she still lost to Ralph Blumental by 12 percentage points. In her second try for the Senate, she's spending huge sums to defeat Representative Christopher Murphy, But she can afford it. As former chief executive for World Wrestling Entertainment, she has bought (according to the N.Y. Times), a power boat she named "Sexy Bitch," a Vegas condo, a Boca condo, two Bentleys and an Aston Martin, three motorcycles and s $7 million Greenwich mansion. Now she's intent on buying a seat in the U.S. Senate. I ask you - is she for you? Alan Zimmerman

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