The two challengers of embattled House Speaker Chris Donovan in his race for congress are taking two different paths as the campaign enters its final days. Dan Roberti is attacking Donovan in commercials, Esty is staying away from the scandal that surrounds the Donovan campaign.
During a taping of Face the State set to air Sunday, Roberti and Esty were asked several questions about the Donovan case, including whether they think the Speaker is worthy of being a congressman.
ROBERTI: Given the way that he has acted throughout this entire process, I don’t think he (Donovan) is anywhere close to being ready to be a member of congress
ESTY: I am focusing on getting my record out there. Voters will make that decision and I will abide the decision of Democratic voters.
Esty said she would support Donovan if he wins the primary, but Roberti wasn’t sure, saying he needs to learn more.
Donovan has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and says he was unaware of any illegal activities some of his campaign workers are accused of being involved in. I asked Esty and Roberti if it was feasible for something similar to have happened in their campaigns without their knowledge. Both responded, “absolutely not.”
Speaker Donovan declined our invitation to appear on the program with Esty and Roberti, citing a scheduling conflict.
We also talked about should happen if Donovan should win the primary, and is later indicted.
You can watch the entire interview right here: http://www.wfsb.com/category/213663/face-the-state