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A Likely 2020 Candidate Gets Involved in a Connecticut Congressional Race

June 15, 2018 By Staff
A Likely 2020 Candidate Gets Involved in a Connecticut Congressional Race

A young, liberal senator is jumping into Connecticut's Fifth Congressional District race.

A young, liberal senator, seen by many as a rising star in the Democratic Party and a likely 2020 presidential candidate, is getting involved in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District race.

It’s not Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn).

It is one of Murphy’s colleagues, though. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced this week that she’s endorsing former Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes for the Democratic nomination in the fifth. Hayes is in a contested primary with former First Selectwoman Mary Glassman (D-Simsbury).

The Intercept reported:

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS, D-Calif., is throwing her weight behind 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes in her bid to replace Elizabeth Esty in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hayes lost the Connecticut party endorsement in controversial fashion amid last minute vote-switching in May.

…Harris’s endorsement demonstrates the value to other minority — and particularly African-American — candidates of her ascension to national stature, as her endorsement comes with a boost in profile and fundraising. It’s a hand-up that Hayes likely needs. With no prior political experience and no fundraising network, Hayes, who grew up in a housing project in the district, will have a hard time matching her opponent dollar for dollar.

If Hayes is successful, the endorsement may pay dividends for Harris as she campaigns in a likely presidential run in 2019 and 2020. But it could also create an awkward situation: if both Harris and Murphy run for president, who would a Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) endorse?