As the Connecticut Mirror reported, Chris Donovan's new commercial is the campaign's first use of paid media to address the arrests of its main fundraiser and former campaign manager, incidents which have been featured in a commercial and mailing by Donovan's two primary opponents in the state's fifth congressional district.
"What my former campaign employees are accused of is everything wrong with politics," Donovan, the current state House speaker, says in the ad. "That's why I immediately fired them and asked a former Republican U.S. attorney to conduct an independent investigation."
The commercial also displays the results of that probe, which appeared on the front page of the Hartford Courant: "Independent probe clears Donovan."
In late May, Donovan's finance director was arrested in an FBI sting investigation that alleged he accepted illegal contributions in exchange for a promise that Donovan would oppose legislation to prevent increased taxes on "roll-your-own tobacco" shop owners. And last week, Donovan's former campaign manager was indicted in connection to the investigation.
Donovan, who has received endorsements from unions and progressive groups, is still the front-runner in the race. But the scandal seems to be taking its toll. As the Mirror reported last week, Connecticut's fifth district was recently downgraded from "Leans Democrat" to "Toss Up/Tilts Democrat."
A Republican candidate has not won in that district since 2004, and the GOP hasn't won a Congressional race in the state since 2006.
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