HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- One week from Tuesday is the Connecticut Primary and the three-way Democratic race for Congress in the 5th District is beginning to look very close.
Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan had been considered the favorite, but that's all changed since eight people have been arrested by the feds in an alleged illegal campaign fund raising sting.
Chris Donovan's campaign is going after one of his Democratic primary opponents by calling her a dirty word: a Republican.
"I served with Elizabeth Esty and I respect her greatly, but there are real differences between us," Donovan said in a TV commercial, "when Connecticut faced tough economic times, she refused to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share and instead, supported a Republican-like budget."
Esty, who served just one term in the legislature, thinks it's a desperate move by a candidate that is losing support because of the fundraising scandal surrounding his campaign.
"I supported a tax on millionaires and billionaires in the legislature, I did as part of an alternative budget, so that claim has actually been completely debunked," Esty said.
She, in turn, is going after the third candidate in this race, political unknown Dan Roberti, as a very real threat to her being able to get Democrats disillusioned with Donovan to vote for her.
"I'm Elizabeth Esty and I approved this message," Esty said in a TV commercial.
"Washington's a mess and Dan Roberti would make it worse," an announcer in the commercial said. "Roberti has no work history in Connecticut, he's co-owner of a powerful Washington special interest lobbying firm, no wonder they're bank rolling Roberti's campaign."
"You mostly hear excuses from politicians, especially when their campaign's been caught breaking the law by the FBI," Roberti said in a TV commercial.
For his part, Roberti has been the most up front about raising doubts about the federal investigation of the Donovan campaign. Roberti has called on Donovan to drop out of the race.
His campaign also issued a statement Tuesday taking issue with Esty's commercial, noting that it's his father that is a Washington lobbyist and that he has never worked in that field.
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