Democrat House seat in Connecticut vulnerable for first time in over 20 years

There hasn’t been a Republican in the House from Connecticut since 2008 and a Democrat hasn’t lost in over 20 years, but 2022 has the potential to change that in the 5th district race between incumbent Rep. Jahana Hayes (D) and former state senator George Logan (R). 

Hayes was first elected in 2018 following a scandal for her predecessor, Elizabeth Esty, over the treatment of some of her staff by her chief of staff. Hayes was in the education field after having a child at age 17 and working her way through college and graduate school.

She was a National Teacher of the Year in 2016 under Obama, but has faced controversy in office for keeping two of her children on her payroll.

Her campaign accused Logan, a respected businessman whose parents emigrated from Guatemala, of “carpetbagging” from the 3rd district where he lived previously.

Insensitive and racist

Democrat state officials also posted a crude tweet of Logan in May that compared the Black candidate to Curious George, a fictional monkey, which Republicans called “insensitive” and “racist.”

Hayes retweeted the post even though she is also Black and should have known better.

Logan has emerged from the controversy looking stronger than ever, and what used to be a firmly Democrat-leading race is now considered by some to be a toss-up at best.

He was endorsed by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel rallied with him.

Going after MAGA

While Hayes is a strong fundraiser and has $1.6 million on hand compared to Logan’s mere $214,000, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Congressional Leadership Fund has pledged at least $1.75 million for advertising to bolster his candidacy.

The DNC didn’t seem too interested in investing in the race, but resorted to tired talking points when questioned about it.

DNC Chairman Patrick Maloney said it was a “choice” between Hayes and a “MAGA Republican Party that’s extreme and dangerous.” He also expressed confidence in Hayes’ re-election.

Democrats are also planning to use the abortion issue in the election, but polls have shown that only 8% of all voters are looking primarily at abortion when they vote.

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