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A Week-Plus After Esty Scandal Broke, Why Aren’t Fellow Dems Condemning?

April 9, 2018 By Staff
A Week-Plus After Esty Scandal Broke, Why Aren’t Fellow Dems Condemning?

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) was engulfed in scandal, and then announced she would not run for re-election. But Democrats have been silent when it comes to condemning her behavior.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) continues to experience the fallout from a scandal involving her abusive ex-chief of staff, announcing last Monday she would not seek for re-election, seeing more bad stories about her conduct throughout the week, and being the subject of an ethics complaint on Thursday.

One group that’s not (yet) experiencing the heat: Democrats who stood by Esty, or who have been silent in the wake of the controveries growing around her.

Reclaim Connecticut covered this last week as it concerns Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who may have presidential ambitions:

When It Counted, Murphy Was Silent on Esty. Will It Hurt His 2020 Ambitions?

But Esty’s colleagues in the House – from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), and many others – stood by her, too.

The scandal may even touch more local races in Connecticut. Cindy Wolfe Boynton, president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a candidate for state representative in the West Haven area, did not call for Esty to resign on CBS Connecticut’s Face the State on Sunday.

Boynton was critical of Esty, both in her appearance and in a Facebook statement, but neither her nor NOW has called for Esty to resign, as of Monday.