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Is Disgraced Esty Thinking of 2020 Redemption Run?

April 26, 2018 By Staff
Is Disgraced Esty Thinking of 2020 Redemption Run?

The CT Post reported this week that disgraced, retiring Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) may not be done in politics after all.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s (D-Conn.) retirement may be short-lived, if a new report from the CT Post is true.

From Dan Freedman:

Although she bowed out of her 2018 re-election bid in the wake of missteps over the firing of an abusive chief of staff, Rep. Elizabeth Esty is said to be talking about a possible return to Capitol Hill in 2020.

Esty’s office is denying the information.

However, in separate interviews, three former Esty staffers said that Esty, D-Conn., has told current staffers and perhaps fellow lawmakers that she is seriously contemplating a run in 2020 for the same seat she will soon vacate.

The CT Post was one of the outlets to first break the Esty scandal last month. Esty eventually announced her retirement in disgrace, after reports she helped an abusive ex-chief of staff with a soft landing at another job in Ohio.

Indeed, Esty may see an opening if a candidate who can’t fundraise, or win convincingly in 2018, takes her seat this fall. Reclaim Connecticut pointed out in an analysis last week that few candidates have jumped at a run to fill the seat. A potential top-tier candidate, State Rep. William Petit (R-Plainville), declined a run for Esty’s seat on Wednesday.

Esty may be in the odd position of being a candidate running to reclaim a seat while she’s under investigation. If a complaint filed by The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) turns into an investigation, the case could take years to complete.