Working Families Party Waiting On Donovan's Decision

Aug 22, 2012

The political future of Chris Donovan is still up in the air and the outgoing House Speaker has a big decision to make.

Donovan may have lost to Elizabeth Esty in last week's Democratic primary race for Connecticut's open 5th congressional district seat, but as things stand now, he is still on the general election ballot as the Working Families Party endorsed candidate.

"He's earned himself a lot of respect over the years fighting for working people and their families," said Connecticut Working Families Party Executive Director Lindsay Farrell.

Indeed under state law, Donovan is the only one who can remove his name from the Working Families Party ballot, and he is on vacation and hasn't made up his mind. Earlier this week, John Olsen, president of Connecticut's AFL-CIO, and a Donovan supporter, said he "doesn't see any path to victory for Donovan" and has called for him to step down. If Donovan stays in the race, there are fears that a three way race will only siphon votes away from democratic nominee Elizabeth Esty.

If Donovan steps down, the Working Families Party has to decide what to do with the vacancy.

"We will have a vacancy and we will evaluate whether or not we want to fill that with another candidate," said Farrell. "We will consider Elizabeth Esty if there is a vacancy."

In the state congressional races, the Working Families Party has endorsed all of the Democratic incumbents.