Originally seen on Republican America

A former federal prosecutor is setting his sights on a new office as he jumps into the race for the 5th Congressional District in 2020.


David X. Sullivan, 59, of New Fairfield, is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat from Wolcott, in what would be her first re-election bid.

Sullivan spent three decades as a federal prosecutor, most of that time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven. After Sept. 11, he spent 16 months working in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw policy, legislation and internal matters regarding money laundering and asset forfeiture for the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys.

Sullivan is the second GOP candidate to enter the race. Ruben Rodriguez of Waterbury, who previously ran for state representative in 2014, was the first.

This is Sullivan’s first run for political office. He is the son of late William W. Sullivan, an attorney and former state representative.

“As a prosecutor for 30 years, I believe in the rule of law, and I believe the rules of law are being challenged and tested in many areas,” Sullivan said.

If elected, Sullivan said he’d like to make President Donald Trump’s tax cuts permanent. He opposes the Green New Deal and was critical of Hayes being a co-sponsor of the proposal.

“I don’t think what’s being proposed is a realistic solution to what we need to do,” Sullivan said. “A $93 trillion project that eliminates fossil fuel is not realistic. It needs to be a global solution.”

He also criticized Hayes’ support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Hayes stated during her campaign she would not support her as speaker.

Sullivan has two law degrees — one from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington and another in federal taxation from the former University of Bridgeport School of Law, which is now a part of Quinnipiac University.

Sullivan also teaches graduate courses at local universities, including Yale Law School and the University of New Haven. He has worked as an instructor in training seminars for the Secret Service, Department of Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, state and local law enforcement, and at the DEA and FBI academies in Quantico, Va. He teaches criminal law at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

One of the changes he has seen in the classroom is a growing support for socialism. During one of his classes, he typically asks his students to write about socialism, and the prospect of a free education and free health care sound like good ideas to many of his students, he said.

“I don’t think they understand that nothing is for free,” Sullivan said. “There’s always a cost and the cost may be their freedom.”

Sullivan has five children: two daughters and a son who range in age from 23 to 28 from his first marriage, and two daughters, ages 8 and 7, with his current wife, attorney Wendy L. Sullivan.

Contact Bruno Matarazzo Jr. at or on Twitter @RA_BrunoJr.


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