Democratic congressional candidate Dan Roberti says he is the only candidate in the primary race who is following the formula that can win a primary and a general election. He is out meeting voters, one by one and door by door while primary opponent and state Speaker of the House Chris Donovan grapples with an FBI investigation of his campaign fundraising and opponent Elizabeth Esty rakes in donations from energy interests. Roberti still faces an uphill battle for name recognition, being the only candidate in the field not to have held elected office.
“The Democrats in the 5th district really have to weigh who can best represent their values, together with who can win a general election,” Roberti said. The comments come as the state legislature prepares for a special session Tuesday. All political eyes are on Hartford because Donovan has stepped back as Speaker amid the investigation and several bills that didn’t make it through the regular session might be resurrected.
For his part, Roberti will be bringing in a heavy hitter Monday to highlight the need for job training for women. New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will join Roberti at an operation in Danbury called TBICO (The Bridge to Independent Career Opportunites), where women are provided with free job training to enter the workforce or transition into new careers.
According to a media advisory, Roberti and Maloney will discuss ideas for job creation, as well as issues related to women in the workplace, including pay equity. is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments related to financial services, the economy and women’s issues. She is a senior member of both the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
TBICO provides job training daily in computer labs at its Danbury facilities. It works with HR professionals and other decision makers in the upper Fairfield County and lower Litchfield County areas to pinpoint job opportunities.