Carrying the escutcheon for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in Connecticut, Mr. Donovan fell into a rather deep FBI well when most of the leading members of his campaign staff were arrested for violating campaign finance regulations and is not expected to see the light of day for some time. Following his primary, during which time Mr. Donovan dodged the media, the Democratic Party nominee for congress pointedly DID NOT heartily congratulate Mrs. Esty on her win and pledge to support her effort to retain for the Democratic Party a seat soon to be abandoned by present U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, also viewed as much too moderate by progressives who have taken over large chunks of the Democratic Party. President Barack Obama, for instance, is a progressive in the manner of prairie populists of William Jennings Bryan’s and the progressives that ranged within the Republican Party during the election of 1912.
Both Mr. Roraback and Mrs. Esty are viewed by “old hands”within both parties, national and local, as party moderates. Of the two, Mr. Roraback’s political experience is deeper. Having previously served in the House, Mr. Roraback was elected state Senator in the 30th Senate District and since June 2007 has served as Deputy Minority Leader Pro Tempore and Minority Caucus Chairman of the State Senate.Mrs. Esty served only one term in the House, but her political connections among Malloyalist within the administration of Governor Dannel Malloy run deep; her husband Daniel is Mr. Malloy’s Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Some conspiratorialists within the party’s left wing may wonder whether agents within the Malloy administration had played a role behind the curtain in Mr. Donovan’s undoing. The relationship between some Malloyalists and Mr. Donovan has in the past been somewhat abrasive.
In the meantime, one hears playing in the background the strains of the old Louis Prima song Just a Gigolo & I Ain't Got Nobody.