BY Scott Benjamin


Originally seen on Connecticut Patch

Retired Assistant U.S. Attorney garners delegates in opponent’s hometown; another challenger departs race in Fifth Congressional District

After 10 months of canvassing the town committees, state central committee members, party clambakes and house parties, it appears that David X. Sullivan will score a convincing triumph at the Republican Fifth District Congressional Convention – as he just collected all of the delegates in one opponent’s hometown and another challenger has withdrawn from the fray. Sullivan of New Fairfield, a retired U.S. Assistant Attorney, distributed a news release on April 29 announcing support from all five delegates in Litchfield, where businessman and former combat veteran Ryan Meehan had moved from Greenwich about four months ago. State Rep. David Wilson and Republican State Central Committee member John Morris, both of Litchfield, also endorsed Sullivan, who began announcing his vast collection of supporters around January 1. Ruben Rodriguez of Waterbury, a leader on issues related to Puerto Ricans and a water technician for the city of New Britain, also announced his withdrawal from the race on April 29. He had raised the least of the four GOP candidates as of March 31. The other candidate, Robert Hyde, a businessman and lobbyist, reportedly put his home in Simsbury up for sale earlier this year. Sullivan told in mid-April that he expected to capture the May 14 convention, which will probably be held electronically. At the time, he also said that he felt it could avoid an Aug. 11 primary. Voters have elected nine congressmen since 1972 – including four Republicans. However, since 2006, three different Democrats have annexed the seat, starting with U. S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who then lived in Cheshire. The current Democratic incumbent, Jahana Hayes of Wolcott, is a former national teacher of the year, and as of March 31 had raised more than $1.078 million for the Nov. 3 election. The Charles Cook Political Report has rated the district “Solid Democratic.” Sullivan has been a fervent supporter of Republican President Donald Trump’s policies – ranging from the 2017 tax reform to the proposed trade agreement with Canada and Mexico to his “tough love” stance with America’s NATO allies.

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