Esty donates $50,000 to gun violence prevention program
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has donated $50,000 of her remaining campaign funds to a gun violence prevention program.
Newtown Action Alliance announced the Democrat's contribution Thursday, the same day Esty's 5th District successor, Democratic U.S. Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes, was being sworn into office in Washington, D.C.
Connecticut’s newest congressional member to be sworn in
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new member of Connecticut's congressional delegation will be sworn into office with the rest of the incoming 116th Congress.
Democrat Jahana Hayes, a 45-year-old former national teacher of the year, will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. She's scheduled to appear at Thursday's swearing-in ceremony, to be held on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Panel: No ethics violation by Rep. Esty in harassment case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman forced to abandon her re-election campaign amid criticism over her handling of an alleged incident of sexual harassment could have done more to protect her staff but didn't violate congressional rules, according to an ethics report released Thursday.
Hayes declares victory in tight race for Congress
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Acclaimed educator Jahana Hayes has won election to the U.S. House from Connecticut, becoming the first black woman to represent the state in Congress.
Hayes, a Democrat on her first foray into politics, defeated Republican Manny Santos, a former mayor of Meriden, early Wednesday.
Incumbent Democrats won the other four U.S. House races in Connecticut and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy also won re-election, keeping the state's congressional delegation made up entirely of Democrats.
Lawmakers want federal disaster funds for tree removal
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation want federal disaster relief made available to help homeowners cover the cost of clearing fallen trees and debris.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty, all Democrats, announced Tuesday they've introduced federal legislation that would overturn an existing federal law that bars Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for such expenses following storms.
Hayes, Santos differ on many issues at 5th District debate
PROSPECT, Conn. (AP) — In their first debate, the two major party contenders for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat gave differing views on everything from President Donald Trump's tax plan to whether the federal minimum wage should be higher.
Onetime teen mom, now a teacher, wins US House primary
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who didn't seek re-election amid criticism of her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her office.
The Latest: No major problems as primary voting begins
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Connecticut primary elections on Tuesday (all times local):
Connecticut officials say no major problems are being reported as the state's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans choose their candidates for the November election.
Voting in Tuesday's primary began at 6 a.m. and will run through 8 p.m.
Dems, GOP to pick candidates to fill open congressional seat
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two Democrats and three Republicans are vying for the opportunity to fill Connecticut's only open congressional seat in this year's election.
It's a scenario that was unthinkable a year ago, when many believed Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty likely would win a fourth term representing the 5th Congressional District.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are traveling to Texas to meet with migrant families being held in detention facilities.
WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Watertown Republican Rich Dupont says he will participate in the GOP's primary for the 5th congressional district seat.
The manufacturing consultant said Tuesday he's decided to challenge former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos after receiving sufficient delegate support at the May 12 convention. Retired university professor Ruby O'Neill of Southbury also received enough delegate support and has already said she plans to run in the Aug. 14 primary as well.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Former lieutenant governor candidate Mary Glassman edged out political newcomer Jahana Hayes on Monday night for the Democratic nomination to run for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who is not seeking re-election after a sexual-harassment scandal involving a former employee.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic convention to pick 5th Congressional District nominee (all times local):
Former lieutenant governor candidate Mary Glassman has narrowly won the Connecticut Democratic endorsement for the congressional seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in a nationally watched race.
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Democrats in Connecticut's 5th congressional district will endorse a candidate to replace retiring three-term U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
A convention is planned Monday at Crosby High School in Waterbury.
Esty recently announced she would not seek re-election following criticism of her handling of sexual harassment allegations.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two parents whose children were killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut have announced they're not running for Congress.
Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley were urged by Democrats to consider running for the 5th District seat held by Democrat Elizabeth Esty, who is not seeking re-election amid criticism of how she handled harassment in her office.
NEWTOWN - The high-profile parents who lost sons in the Sandy Hook massacre and went on to build one of the premier gun violence prevention groups of its kind in the country will not run for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District.
In a joint statement Friday afternoon, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden said considerations for their surviving children, who are still in school, helped sway their decision not to run.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A retired college professor and Republican campaign veteran has announced she plans to be the candidate now.
Ruby Corby O'Neill said Thursday she will seek the party's endorsement for the state's 5th Congressional District, the seat held by Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who came under fire for her handling of harassment complaints in her office. Esty is not seeking re-election.
- Connecticut PostHearst CT reporter recognized for coverage of Esty sexual harassment scandalMarch 13, 2019
- The News-TimesHayes, Esty teary over gun-safety voteFebruary 26, 2019
- Connecticut PostGun-safety vote brings Hayes and Esty togetherFebruary 25, 2019
- Connecticut PostEthics report criticizes Esty lapses but recommends no further actionDecember 21, 2018
- Connecticut PostEsty says farewell to Congress in final speechDecember 12, 2018
HARTFORD — Over coffee with her husband state Rep. Arthur O’Neill Thursday morning, she decided.
Ruby Corby O’Neill, a retired psychology professor who has worked on several political campaigns, will run as a Republican for the fifth district Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Elizabeth Esty.
We learned Wednesday that we’re not going to have a matchup of candidates who lost family members in horrific crimes vying for Connecticut’s 5th U.S. House district, the seat Rep. Elizabeth Esty is vacating.
After a week of discussions with friends, family and political advisers, state Sen. Eric Berthel of Watertown announced Tuesday that he will not seek the GOP nomination to run for the 5th Congressional District seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. He will seek re-election to the state Senate.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is due back in her office at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday after a self-imposed two-week exile in the wake of abruptly withdrawing from her 2018 re-election bid.
Tuesday is Esty’s first full day back at work after acknowledging serious errors in judgment in handling the firing of her former chief of staff, who abused Esty’s former scheduler.
WASHINGTON — After two weeks in virtual seclusion, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., is back in Washington and ready to face whatever fallout remains from quitting her 2018 re-election bid after acknowledging missteps in handling an office abuse case.
Esty arrived Monday for a full work week on Capitol Hill that includes House floor votes and a Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee vote on a veterans-COLA bill she co-wrote.
Democrats, confident about their prospects for winning control of the House of Representatives in November, are warily eyeing a few speed bumps that could deliver some unexpected jolts.
In Connecticut, incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Esty said this week that she wouldn’t run for reelection after acknowledging that she was too slow to fire a top aide who had assaulted a female staffer. Her retirement turns a safe Democratic House seat into a potentially competitive one.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty let down a lot of people. Foremost, the former scheduler in her D.C. office who she failed to protect from an allegedly abusive chief of staff. She let down the other staff in her office. And her constituents in the 5th District.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty's decision not to seek re-election, amid controversy over her handling of harassment in her office, has given hope to Republicans that they can finally retake her western Connecticut congressional district in November.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, a supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, has fallen under heavy criticism in recent weeks after reports that Tony Baker, her chief of staff, on multiple occasions had harassed — and even once punched, as well as threatened to kill — a subordinate, Anna Kain, while the two were working in Esty's office. In the wake of the revelations, Esty has announced she will not seek re-election.
Esty’s departure gives GOP a shot at regaining 5th district congressional seat
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s scandal-fueled exit from the race to represent Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District gives the GOP a fighting chance to send a Republican to Washington, D.C., this fall.
But it’s still an uphill fight for the GOP in a state where the seven-member Congressional delegation is all Democrats, and in a district where Democrats have held control since 2006, when Chris Murphy upset Republican incumbent Nancy Johnson.
Editorials from around New England
Editorials from around New England:
The (New London) Day
Her credibility on the issue of workplace harassment destroyed by her mishandling of threatening behavior by the top-ranking member of her own staff, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is making the right decision in not seeking re-election in the 5th District.
A week after news of an office harassment-and-abuse scandal led her to forgo a bid for a fourth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, the victim at the center of the scandal — Anna Kain — has made a public appeal for passage of a #MeToo bill in Congress.
From the bungling in dealing with her Chief of Staff’s barbarism to her decision not to seek re-election this November, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has acted in flaccid half measures. She needs to take her medicine, do the right thing for a change and resign. #Time’sUp.
This past fall U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the representative from Detroit, was accused of sexual harassment by members of his staff. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty was vocal in her opinion that he should resign his position immediately.
I am going to start by modifying a famous statement, “Let he who has not made a mistake cast the first stone.” I had 41 successful years in the private sector, but must admit I made my share of mistakes. As I think back, a few could even be characterized as, “What was I thinking?”
DANBURY - The lesson to take from U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s mishandling of the case of her chief of staff, who was accused of abusing a female employee, is the need for more vigilance about workplace harassment, observers said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The sole survivor of a deadly 2007 home invasion is considering running for a congressional seat held by a Democrat under fire for her handling of harassment complaints in her office.
Esty should go — nowWith Elizabeth Esty’s staff teeming with disrespect for her, she is certainly unable to serve her constituents in the seven months remaining before the November election.Esty should resign immediately.Grant MonsarratEaston
WASHINGTON — If Rep. Elizabeth Esty was disturbed by the unfolding chain of events in her office that ultimately led to abandonment of her 2018 re-election bid, she proved adroit at keeping it hidden.
In 2016, shortly after confronting her then chief of staff, Tony Baker, over abusive behavior toward a fellow staffer, Anna Kain, Esty brought in a former chief of staff to conduct an investigation.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s dramatic announcement that she would not seek re-election this November not only ended her career in politics, it staved off what was shaping up as a rebellion of her D.C. office staff.
Interest in the upcoming 5th Congressional District vacancy is expanding now that U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire conceded that she won’t seek a fourth term, the victim of an abuse and harassment scandal in his Washington office.
Trump firstIf Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is to resign, it should be only after our “hands on” president, the Enabler-in-Chief, goes first.Richard LowensteinWestport
Elizabeth Esty will not seek re-election after sexual harassment issues among staff
Rep. Elizabeth Esty announced Monday that she will not run for re-election after allegations that her male chief of staff verbally and physically attacked a female staff member.
"Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. In the terrible situation in my office, I could have and should have done better. To the survivor, I want to express my strongest apology for letting you down," Ms. Esty, Connecticut Democrat, said in a statement.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty announced on Monday she will not seek re-election this year amid calls for her resignation over her handling of the firing of a former chief of staff accused of harassment, threats and violence against female staffers in her congressional office.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty must face the public and answer tough questions about her handling of her former chief of staff who allegedly abused female staffers in the Washington office.
Esty can’t just make apologetic statements and request an ethics investigation to clear her of technical wrongdoing, as she did Monday. She has an obligation to be up front with the voters who elected her three times.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty's handling of a sexual harassment case in her office (all times local):
Connecticut U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty says in announcing her decision not to seek re-election amid questions about her handling of a sexual harassment case in her office that she "should have done better."
Embattled U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty on Monday morning asked for the House Ethics Committee to schedule an expedited hearing on the issues surrounding reports of abuse in her office that culminated in the 2016 firing of her chief of staff.
The co-chairman of the General Assembly’s law-writing Judiciary Committee has joined a growing group of Democratic state lawmakers asking for embattled U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to resign after admitting that that she let an abusive chief of staff run roughshod over her employees.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The cries for embattled U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to step down for not protecting female staffers who said they experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff intensified on Saturday, with fellow Democrats saying the allegations were shocking and she needed to "do the right thing."
State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney on Saturday became the latest and highest-profile member of U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s own party to call for her resignation, following reports of her involvement in enabling and ignoring a toxic workplace.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement, has found herself in the awkward position of apologizing for not protecting female staffers in her Washington office who say they experienced violence, death threats and sexual harassment by her former chief of staff.
We are surprised and disappointed in the appallingly poor judgment shown by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in her delay of dealing with a former chief of staff in her Washington office accused of abusing and threatening another staff member.
Surprised, because the 5th District Democrat has been a champion of rights and opportunities for women on issues, obtaining legislation that, among other areas, promotes careers for women in science and engineering fields.