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LIST: The Democrats and Republicans Calling on Elizabeth Esty to Resign

April 2, 2018 By Staff
LIST: The Democrats and Republicans Calling on Elizabeth Esty to Resign

The embattled congresswoman is facing growing calls, even from some in her own party, to resign from her seat in Congress after failing to immediately fire an abusive ex-chief of staff.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) continues to be in hot water on Monday, after allegations released on Thursday that she arranged for a soft landing for an ex-chief of staff accused of harassment, abuse, and threatening other staffers.

Here’s a partial, and growing, list of the lawmakers, candidates, and political groups calling on Esty to resign. Reclaim Connecticut will update this post if more officials make the call.

  • One of Esty’s GOP opponents, former Mayor Manny Santos (R-Meriden), told Reclaim Connecticut in an exclusive interview that Esty should resign.
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) said in a statement “Congresswoman Esty should do the right thing and resign.” He is by far the highest-ranking Democrat in the state so far to call for Esty’s resignation.
  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Susan Bysiewicz said “Congresswoman Esty must step down from her position.”
  • Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and current attorney general candidate, Chris Mattei said in a statement: “She should resign.”
  • Another attorney general candidate, State Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield), said: “Her resignation would be appropriate and best for all the citizens of Connecticut.”
  • Two Democratic state senators, Mae Flexer and Cathy Osten, also called on Esty to resign.
  • CT GOP Chair J.R. Romano said “The Connecticut Democratic Party should join me in calling for her resignation.”

None of Connecticut’s all-Democrat congressional delegation has called for Esty’s resignation as of Monday morning, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) came closest last week, blasting Esty’s handling of the situation and saying, “I need to know more.”