FIFTH DISTRICT CONGRESS—RORABACK: ‘I KNOW DONOVAN AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS POLICIES BEST’

The most competitive congressional race in the state in 2012 is clearly the fifth district. Both the Republicans and Democrats are headed for primaries but that hasn’t stopped some cross-party sniping.

The Republican race features state Sen. Andrew Roraback (a lawmaker for whom The Shad has the utmost respect), businessman Mark Greenberg, businesswoman and former lt. governor candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, and former FBI agent Mike Clarke.

Roraback, who is known for his measured, thoughtful approach to legislating, was blunt in an interview with The Hanging Shad as to why he is running for Congress in the fifth district. “I don’t want [state Speaker of the House] Chris Donovan as my congressman.” As to why he is the best candidate in the GOP field, Roraback told me, “I’ve been in the same building with him for 18 years and I’ve seen the [negative] consequences of his policies.”

As to the controversy about Donovan serving on the commission that is redrawing state legislative and congressional districts, Roraback refused to criticize Donovan directly. Donovan stepped down from the commission after the legislative districts were drawn. Roraback said, “I was asked at the beginning of the process whether he [Donovan] should serve and I said, ‘no.’” However, Roraback resisted the urge to go further and say that Donovan made the situation worse by stepping down now.