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? CT-05: Yowza! The flame war between Dan Roberti and Elizabeth Esty in the Democratic primary just got a lot hotter. The super PAC linked to Roberti's dad, well-connected lobbyist Vince Roberti, is out with a scathing new TV spot that blisters Esty explicitly from the left. Says the narrator: "In the legislature, Elizabeth Esty voted against the Democratic budget, against funding Connecticut's prescription drug program, and against funding job training?while protecting tax breaks for millionaires." Ouch! Based on the IE report we saw a day earlier, it looks like this ad is backed buy a $140K buy.
This, though, is certainly an unexpected development: With less than a week to go until the primary, the Dem-aligned Patriot Majority USA is spending $200K on TV ads... to nuke Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback. That's a pretty smart move, seeing as Roraback has by far the most moderate profile among the GOP field. Unfortunately, the ad's not on the group's YouTube page yet. And there's one more IE to mention, another $17K in mailers from EMILY to help Esty.